Academics & Research

Research

January

Articles published in January 2016 by faculty at University of Utah Health Sciences.

By implementing a program to prevent bloodstream infections associated with central-line catheters, the University of Utah Health Care Burn Trauma Intensive Care Unit eliminated those hazards entirely, a multidisciplinary committee of the health care system’s nurses and physicians reported in JAMA Surgery.

Otherwise healthy older people with low levels of bicarbonate, a major element in the body that helps maintain proper pH balance, were at a 24 percent higher risk of dying prematurely than those in a study group whose bicarbonate levels were normal or even high. Findings from the study suggest that physicians might want to take a closer look at the bicarbonate levels in older patients to identify those at risk for an early death.