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Survival of transfusion recipients not linked to donor gender, age in study
A retrospective cohort study in JAMA Internal Medicine conducted by researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden found that the age and gender of the donor of blood transfusions had no effect on the survival of recipients. The findings were based on data from 968,264 Scandinavian patients. The methodology used -- similar to that of a large Canadian study which found an age/gender association with outcomes -- highlights "the importance of extreme caution in assessing epidemiologic analyses in this field," according to the authors. Healio (free registration) (4/25)

Study examines patient pathway in suspected child abuse
UK researchers found that children with suspected child abuse had higher mortality and Injury Severity Scores and were more likely to have delayed hospital presentation, compared with those with accidental injuries. The findings in the Emergency Medicine Journal, based on data involving 7,825 youths, showed that SCA cases had median secondary transfer to specialist care times of 21.6 hours from injury, compared with 13.8 hours for AI cases. Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (4/26)

Cheap generic drug could prevent thousands of maternal deaths
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/26)

Law requires provision of perinatal hospice information
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed into law a bill that calls for parents of unborn babies with a lethal fetal anomaly to be given information about available perinatal hospice care. Physicians would provide hospice information from the state Department of Health and Human Services. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (4/26)

GOP health care legislation would face obstacles in the Senate
Politico (4/27)

Report examines adoption of EHR-based sepsis detection
Sixty-nine percent of providers using EHR-based sepsis detection reported improved outcomes, including reduced mortality and lower treatment costs and readmissions, according to a KLAS report. Epic's and Cerner's systems were cited as the most commonly used sepsis solutions in interviews with 102 providers. HIT Consultant (4/26)

Premature babies may continue developing inside artificial womb
Lambs born prematurely spent four weeks successfully developing in an artificial womb that could one day help keep premature babies alive. The device resembles an aquarium and envelops the baby in artificial amniotic fluid, with the umbilical cord attached to a machine that adds oxygen and expels carbon dioxide from the blood, according to findings published in Nature Communications. National Geographic News (free registration) (4/25)

Company launches teleICU software eCareManager (4/25)

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