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At Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Osteoporosis Accounts for Half of Fracture Readmissions in Women Within 3 Months

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 05, 2018

Osteoporosis is a major cause of fractures in American women. A study in the March 2018 volume of Osteoporosis International found that hip fracture rates have plateaued at an unexpectedly high level from 2013-2015, leading to an excess of 11,000 hip fractures over projections based on continuing decline.

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Bon Secours Hospital Treats the Most Surgical Patients with Iron Deficiency Anemia in Maryland

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 04, 2018

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a condition in which the body has too little iron to properly supply red blood cells, leading to fatigue and weakness. According to the Merck Manual, blood loss is the most common cause of IDA. About 70% of the body's iron is already in red blood cells, rather than stored in reserve, so patients may require iron supplementation after major blood loss.

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Mortality Rates Nearly Double with Hyperkalemia in California DRG 871 Sepsis Patients

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 03, 2018

Hyperkalemia, i.e. high potassium, is a common electrolyte imbalance. Like other forms of fluid imbalance, it may affect sepsis outcomes. Dexur has extensively reported on fluid imbalance in sepsis.

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COPD Readmission Rates Correlate More Strongly with Population than Air Quality at County Level in Connecticut

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 02, 2018

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) is a common lung disorder involving reduced airflow. Dexur has previously the relationship between air pollution and COPD in Oklahoma, a state with little air quality monitoring at county level. Connecticut, however, has monitors in each of its eight counties. Dexur has previously investigated length of stay among COPD patients in Connecticut. Here, analysts examined the relationship between air quality and 30-day COPD readmissions rate, a measure of disease burden

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Atrial Fibrillation Increases Average Length of Stay by Half a Day Among Patients with Diabetes with Complications at Selected Indiana Hospitals

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 29, 2018

Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is an irregular heartbeat that has a major impact on quality of life and increases the risk of stroke or heart failure. A May 2018 meta-analysis found that diabetes raises the risk of atrial fibrillation by 28%.

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Hypertension Readmissions More Common in COPD Patients with Major Comorbidities in Selected South Carolina Hospitals

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 28, 2018

A Lancet Respiratory Medicine meta-analysis found that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) have a 1.33 odds ratio of being diagnosed with hypertension, compared to the non-COPD population.

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In Southern Arizona Hospitals, DRG 640 Hyponatremia Rate Exceeds National Rate at All But One

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 27, 2018

Hyponatremia, i.e. low blood sodium, is a common electrolyte imbalance. According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors for hyponatremia include age, certain medications, kidney disease and heart failure (due to their effects on water excretion), and intensive physical activities like marathons.

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Jackson Health Hospitals Have Lower ABSSSI Incidence Than Miami-Dade County Average

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 26, 2018

A June 4 Miami Herald investigation found that according to CMS data, Jackson Health System performed under the national benchmark on incidence of MRSA bloodstream infections, but at or above the national benchmark on five other types of infection. Dr. Lilian Abbo of Jackson Health attributed this to the case mix at Jackson Health and the high prevalence of MRSA in Miami-Dade County.

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Fluid Imbalance Doubles Odds of ICU Stay in Patients With Infections

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 25, 2018

Fluid balance is a measure of whether a patient has excess, or insufficient, fluid relative to electrolytes. Dexur has previously examined the effects of fluid imbalance in sepsis, a well-studied topic.

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Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction Affects Up to 17.5% of Patients at Selected Alabama Hospitals

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 22, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart failure remains the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Dexur analysts examined rates of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) at Alabama hospitals with over 1,500 Medicare-eligible inpatient discharges per year. HFrEF is a subtype of heart failure generally associated with worse outcomes than heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Dexur has previously reported on HFrEF’s effects on coronary bypass patients in Massachusetts and acute myocardial infarction patients in Florida.

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