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A new emphasis on radiation dose in diagnostic imaging
1/17/2012 – The number of diagnostic imaging procedures performed in the United States that utilize ionizing radiation has skyrocketed since the early 1980’s, with the greatest increase being in the exponential rise in number of computed tomography (CT) exams performed.  Read more

Clinical Integration Specialist department to assist with your documentation
1/17/2012 – Next time you have trouble documenting an inpatient service, you can look to LG Health’s Clinical Integration Specialists (CIS) for assistance.  Read more

New ED pharmacy team works to improve e-Health medication safety
12/14/2011 – A new medication safety program in Lancaster General Hospital’s Emergency Department is promising greater safety to our patients. The goal is to improve the accuracy and completeness of the medication history on patients admitted through the ED.  Read more

Clinical integration at LGH: Patient centered medical home at LG Health
12/14/2011 – The “Medical Home” is the emerging model of care that places primary care providers (PCP) as orchestrator of a patient’s diagnostic and therapeutic services.
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Clinical Integration: a drive towards quality and efficiency at LGH
11/15/2011 – In an effort to align the Medical and Dental Staff and Lancaster General Health to provide quality care efficiently at a reasonable cost, LG Health is actively pursuing a Clinical Integration initiative. The many- faceted strategy consists of several programs, some originating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others developed in-house.  Read more

New sepsis protocol shows reduced mortality rates in LG Health pilot
10/19/2011 – A new protocol for patients with severe sepsis and septic shock (SS/SS) reduced patients' mortality rate to 12.9%, in a FY2011 LG Health pilot study. That compared favorably to a 28.1% mortality rate in the control group.  Read more

Assessment and order set for delirium
10/19/2011 – You may be surprised to learn the prevalence of delirium in hospitalized patients, occurring in 20% of hospitalized patients age 65 and older.  The incidence is even higher after a surgery and highest after hip fracture surgery, occurring in 35-65% of patients.  The highest incidence of 70-80% is in elderly ICU patients.  Read more

Comprehensive Clinical Documentation Improvement
6/8/2011 – With the help of J.A. Thomas & Associates, Lancaster General Health initiated a comprehensive clinical documentation improvement program over the last year. This program was designed to better reflect severity of illness, more accurately code primary and secondary diagnosis, identify conditions present on admission and engage the hospital physicians with case management.  Read more

FRAX and treatment guidelines
2/13/2011 – Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX), developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) is to evaluate fracture risk of patients and to assist with treatment decisions.  Read more

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