- Boys with sepsis and purpura are likely to suffer more severely than girls, according to a Dutch study involving 287 paediatric patients. The authors found males were more likely to suffer shock and spent more days in ICU. They said 15.7% of all cases resulted in fatality, with the risk highest in children under three.
Critical Care (2007) 11: R112
- A medical device alert has been issued over Plastipak Luer slip hypodermic syringes, manufactured between April and August by BD Medical Surgical Systems. The company has received reports of the syringes spontaneously disconnecting from, or failing to maintain a secure connection to, the fittings.
- Poor nutrition among hospital patients is not confined to the NHS, according to Spanish research. A study of 817 adult hospital patients by Granada University researchers found 75% were malnourished, regardless of pathology.
- Using insoles does not stop people developing non-specific back pain, and there is a lack of evidence to say whether or not they help relieve existing low-back pain, Israeli reviewers have found. They looked at six trials with more than 2,300 subjects.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2007) 4: www.cochrane.org
- German researchers claim to have developed a shock-proof sphigmometer that cuts the risk of false readings. The engineers from Stuttgart have designed a system to protect the device's mechanisms from damage. They said readings were never out by more than 2mmHg in tests.