Physicians give patients 11 seconds to explain reasons for visit before interrupting

From Becker’s:

On average, patients have 11 seconds to explain the reasons for their visit before physicians interrupt, according to a recent study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

A group of researchers led by Naykky Singh Ospina, MD, of the University of Florida in Gainesville analyzed the first few minutes of tape recorded consultations between 112 patients and their physicians in various U.S. clinics during physician training sessions.

In 36 percent of the reviewed visits, patients were able to outline the reasons for their visits first. However, patients who had the  chance to explain their symptoms were still interrupted seven out of every 10 times within an average of 11 seconds from when they started speaking.  Uninterrupted patients took an average of six seconds to explain their concerns.

Marshalltown, Iowa hospital closes most units indefinitely from tornado damage

From Becker’s:

UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown (Iowa) will close all services except outpatient testing, lab programs and radiology programs until further notice after an EF3 tornado hit the hospital July 19, according to a July 22 statement.

The hospital canceled all elective surgeries and procedures scheduled for July 23. UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown noted “all services and departments on the main hospital campus will remained [sic] closed until further notice.”

Apollo to buy LifePoint in latest private equity bet on healthcare

From Reuters:

Apollo Global Management will buy LifePoint Health in a $5.6 billion deal that will expand its rural U.S. hospitals business, the latest in a series of bets by private equity firms on healthcare.

The deal comes as Tennessee-based LifePoint and many of its peers face higher medical costs, fewer patient admissions and changes to reimbursement policies in Medicare and Medicaid that have pressured profits.

However, to compensate for the downturn, LifePoint has been beefing up its presence in rural regions including in Pennsylvania and Tennessee and streamlining operations at healthcare facilities there.

CPR training should change, and maybe there should be an app for that

From Reuters:

To help more patients survive cardiac arrest, traditional CPR training needs an overhaul with more chances for practice – and instructions on social and digital platforms might help lessons stick, some doctors argue.

“We need to do a better job of communicating the importance of high quality CPR, and working with policy makers to ensure CPR training becomes a mandatory part of school curriculum as kids are growing up,” Cheng, of the University of Calgary in Canada, said by email.

With new recommendations for CPR training, the AHA is striving to double survival rates from cardiac arrest to 38 percent when the arrest happens in a hospital and to 15.8 percent when it happens outside a hospital by 2020. They’re also trying to double the proportion of cases when bystanders perform CPR until an ambulance arrives to 62 percent by 2020.

The AHA argues that learners should get shorter, more frequent practice instruction sessions to help them retain knowledge, receive regular structured feedback, and training experiences tied to real world situations.