Portable “MASH-like” hospital units are helping communities across the country improve their ability to respond to disasters and other events requiring extra capacity.
The Hospital to Home program targets changes by 2012.
At St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., a hospitalist-developed Web site makes it easy to identify and contact each patient’s attending physician.
For Suren Pathman, MD, doctoring is all about service.
Studies have shown that critically ill patients who are given “sedation vacations” consisting of spontaneous awakening trials (SATs) and spontaneous breathing trials spend less time on the ventilator and less time in the ICU overall. But many hospitals don’t follow written policy on performing SATs, and a large proportion don’t use SATs in the majority of their patients.
Accurate ICD-9-CM codes for diagnoses and procedures performed during a hospital stay will only partially determine payment. Discharge status codes must be given equal attention.