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Patients with acute stroke who were transferred to a hospital participating in a stroke registry in Michigan had significantly higher rates of in-hospital mortality and in-hospital complications compared with those who were not transferred.

 

 

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Real-world study shows Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor detects atrial fibrillation at high rate

A real-world study found that the Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor had an atrial fibrillation detection rate of 16.3 percent, which was a 32 percent relative increase compared with the rate found in a previous randomized, controlled clinical trial.

Auris Surgical Robotics agrees to acquire Hansen Medical for $80 million

Auris Surgical Robotics agreed on April 20 to acquire Hansen Medical for approximately $80 million.

Real-world analysis shows Xarelto reduces ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage versus warfarin

A retrospective database claims analysis found that adults with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who received rivaroxaban (Xarelto) had a statistically significant 47 percent reduction in intracranial hemorrhage and non-statistically significant 29 percent reduction in ischemic stroke compared with adults who received warfarin.

Stroke mortality and readmissions depend on various factors

Findings suggest hospitals that receive more transfers may have poorer outcomes simply based on their patient population.

Patients transferred for acute stroke care are younger and have higher stroke severity

Patients with acute stroke who were transferred to a hospital participating in a stroke registry in Michigan had significantly higher rates of in-hospital mortality and in-hospital complications compared with those who were not transferred.

Vascular Solutions recalls Guardian II hemostasis valves

Vascular Solutions voluntarily recalled specific lots of its Guardian II hemostasis valves, which are used in catheterization procedures.

World obesity expanding even as some regions continue to starve

Malnourishment remains a challenge in some of the world’s poorest regions, yet, if current trends continue, by 2025 more than 21 percent of the world’s women and 18 percent of men will be obese. 

Facilities meet CMS’ minimum standards for carotid artery stenting of high risk patients

Since the beginning of the year, eight facilities have met the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) minimum facility standards for performing carotid artery stenting for high risk patients.

Oral anticoagulant prescriptions increase with higher stroke risk

An analysis of a quality improvement registry of patients with atrial fibrillation found that a one-point increase in the CHADS2 score or the CHA2DS2-VASc score was associated with an approximately 15 percent greater adjusted odds of being prescribed an oral anticoagulant.

Cost increases, reimbursement decreases provide quandary for hospitals

Between 2005 and 2014, the cost of alteplase increased 111 percent from $30.50 for 1 mg to $64.30 for 1 mg. During that same time period, reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) only increased 8 percent.

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