A study in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that children exposed to two or more anesthetics before age 3 had more than double the incidence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder than those who were not exposed. The findings were based on educational records of children born between 1976 and 1982 in Rochester, Minn.
Patients with blood potassium levels between 3.5 and 4.5 milliEquivalents per liter were less likely to die than those with higher or lower levels following an acute myocardial infarction, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. The study challenges the current guidelines that recommend serum potassium levels between 4.0 and 5.0 mEq/L for post-AMI patients.
Johns Hopkins researchers said certain Michigan hospitals had a more than 70% reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonia cases after their staff adopted "ventilator bundle" therapies that served as a checklist. All five items in the checklist reduced patients' time spent on ventilators.
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