Experience saves lives: Study of advanced life-support reveals big differences in adult survival rates

An advanced form of life support that takes over for the failing hearts and lungs of critically ill patients saves lives. But for adults, the odds of surviving depend on which hospital provides the life-supporting treatment – with the best odds at ones that use the technique dozens of times a year, a new study finds.

Serious risks from common IV devices mean doctors should choose carefully, U-M experts say

Every day, patients around the country get IV devices placed in their arms, to make it easier to receive medicines or have blood drawn over the course of days or weeks. But these PICC lines, as they’re called, also raise the risk of potentially dangerous blood clots. Now, a U-M team has shown how serious that clot risk really is for hospitalized patients, and what factors put patients at highest risk.

Thinking of drinking and driving? What if your car won’t let you?

If every new car made in the United States had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, how many lives could be saved, injuries prevented, and injury-related dollars left unspent? Researchers at the University of Michigan Injury Center and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute studied the impact of installing these alcohol ignition interlock devices in all newly purchased vehicles over a 15-year period; their estimates of injury prevention and cost savings are significant.

Could simple measures tip the balance against antimicrobial resistance in nursing homes?

Simple measures might be all it takes to push back at the spread of ‘superbugs’ in nursing homes, and reduce infections. That’s the finding of a new study that focused on multi-drug resistant organisms, or MDROs, among nursing home residents who relied on devices that carry a high risk of infection. The study, by researchers at the University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, is important to the health of the more than 1.5 million residents living in 15,600 nursing homes in the United States.

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