February Healthcare News

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The Leapfrog Group Prepares to Launch Nationwide Survey

“Starting April 1, all licensed ASCs in the U.S. will be able to submit patient safety and quality information via Leapfrog’s annual national Survey. In 2019, data collected by Leapfrog from ASCs, and similar information collected from hospitals regarding the safety and quality of outpatient procedures, will be aggregated in a national report with individual benchmarking reports sent privately to participating facilities. Beginning with the 2020 Survey, ASC and hospital outpatient department results will be publicly reported on Leapfrog’s website to deliver unbiased and transparent information to patients seeking more information about the facilities in which they receive care.” Read More

Stair-climbing Exercise ‘Snacks’ Boost Health

“For the current study, a group of 12 sedentary young participants climbed three flights of stairs three times a day, with 1–4 hours of recovery between sessions…The climbers were also stronger at the end of the intervention, and they performed better in a maximal cycling test, compared to the controls. “We know that sprint interval training works, but we were a bit surprised to see that the stair snacking approach was also effective,” says study co-author Jonathan Little, Ph.D… “Vigorously climbing a few flights of stairs on your coffee or bathroom break during the day seems to be enough to boost fitness in people who are otherwise sedentary,” Little explains.” Read More

NHS Scotland Uses Mountain Biking’s Buzz for Mental Health Program

“DMBinS (Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland) project manager Graeme McLean said: ‘We wanted to understand if mountain biking aided recovery from periods of mental ill health, how we as leaders could learn from the experience and, using our role within mountain biking in Scotland, how we could take these learnings and spread them across Scotland.’” Read More

Faking it: How Selfie Dysmorphia is Driving People to Seek Surgery

“The phenomenon of people requesting procedures to resemble their digital image has been referred to – sometimes flippantly, sometimes as a harbinger of end times – as “Snapchat dysmorphia”…When the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery surveyed its members in 2017, 55% of surgeons said patients’ motivation was to look better in selfies, up from just 13% in 2016.” Read More