Tag Archives: finds

Harvard scientist finds microbial contaminants in e-cigs

Popular electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products sold in the U.S. were contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, according to new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, which examined 75 popular e-cigarette products — both single-use cartridges and refillable e-liquids — found that 27 percent contained traces of endotoxin, a microbial agent… Read More »

Hospital-acquired sepsis cases drop, but treatment costs rise, report finds

Dive Brief: Healthcare consulting company Premier reported a 15% drop in hospital-associated sepsis cases among member hospitals over the past three years. But the news is not all good. Patients who develop sepsis in the hospital are 10% more likely to experience the worst kind, septic shock, raising the average per-case cost of treating the… Read More »

Hospitals should focus on productivity gains to reduce costs, report finds

Dive Brief: The healthcare delivery industry could save between $ 1.2 trillion and $ 2.3 trillion over the next decade by focusing on productivity gains and not workforce expansion, according to a new McKinsey & Company report. From 2001 to 2016, the industry grew 3.3% annually to $ 1.3 trillion — with 99% of growth… Read More »