Tag Archives: Mortality

Telemedicine reduces ICU mortality rate at Valley Health

Valley Health, a not-for-profit health system serving West Virginia, Maryland and part of Virginia, was facing two serious challenges for which it was looking for solutions. THE PROBLEM First, hospitals are facing critical care staffing shortages. “There is a national problem finding enough intensivists to support an ICU,” said Dr. Glen Bouder, director of valley… Read More »

Harvard panel addresses high maternal mortality rates

Speaking via closed-circuit video, Karen Scott, project director the California Birth Equity Collaborative, cited specific evidence of institutionalized racism, including the lesser personal attention and health counseling that black women receive as patients. “What in the system allows variation in the responsiveness to a black mother who is reporting symptoms that are dismissed and discounted?… Read More »

IVC Filters May Increase Mortality Risk in Elderly Patients With PE

January 15, 2019 Share this content: Patients who received an IVC filter had higher 30-day mortality compared with those who did not receive a filter. In elderly patients hospitalized with acute pulmonary embolism (PE), the use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters to prevent subsequent PE may actually increase the risk for 30-day and 1-year… Read More »

Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Rates Rising: Opioid Abuse and Psychiatric Illness Play a Role

Pregnancy-associated mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the termination of pregnancy, is increasing in Massachusetts.  In 2012, there were 30.4 deaths/100,000 live births. In 2014, the rate increased by 33%, to 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Because pregnancy-associated mortality rates have historically been relatively low… Read More »

Could Teenage Personality Predict Mortality Risk Later In Life?

Researchers have known for a while that certain personality traits in adulthood are linked to health problems later on. For instance, being prone to anger has been connected to both immediate and future heart disease risk. And while not quite personality, but definitely psychology, a recent study showed that being bullied at work is also linked to cardiovascular risk… Read More »