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Assessing Appropriate Use of Vascular Access Devices | Feature

The Michigan Appropriateness Guide to Intravenous Catheters has been developed to help clinicians appropriately select vascular access devices. These efforts are important to limiting the risk of complications in critically-ill patients.

CME/CE: Guideline Update for Heart Failure Treatment | Feature

Experts in cardiology have updated a major guideline to reflect the addition of new types of drug options for heart failure (HF). With treatments for patients with HF expanding, there appears to be more hope than ever before for these individuals.

Doctor and Patient Relationships: Empathy & Litigation | Feature

Research has shown that emergency physicians (EPs) with better interpersonal skills and who spend more time with patients appear to have fewer malpractice claims filed against them.

Older Adults Who Eat Yogurt Linked to Better Bone Health | News Brief

The largest observational study to date of dairy intakes and bone and frailty measurements in older adults has found that increased yogurt consumption was associated with a

The Overuse of NSAIDs | News Brief

Research suggests that despite widespread use, NSAIDs appear to be associated with several side effects when misused or overused that may make use of these medications dangerous in certain populations and in combination with other drugs.

What To Do with Your Leftover Pain Drugs | Feature

A survey has found that many parents hold onto their child’s leftover pain drugs. The findings highlight the need for healthcare providers to talk with parents and guide them on what to do with these medications after they are no longer needed.

#PWChat Recap: Defensive Medicine & Related Costs | Feature

The Physician’s Weekly #PWChat series continued last night with an energetic discussion focusing on defensive medicine and related costs. It was co-hosted by Jeff Segal, MD, JD,

The Paradigm Shifts Needed in Healthcare | Medical Blog

There’s a lot wrong with healthcare today. Especially the medications they have now a days and all the side effects. Just like the prescription xarelto, check out

Defining Operative Emergency General Surgery | Feature

A national study has found that the vast majority of all operative volume, complications, deaths, and costs associated with emergency general surgery are attributable to seven procedures. The findings may help hospitals focus prevention efforts and quality improvement initiatives.

Why Using Antibiotic Eye Drops for Pinkeye is the Wrong Way to Go | News Brief

A new study suggests that most people with acute conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, are getting the wrong treatment. About 60 percent of patients nationwide are prescribed antibiotic eye

New Opioid Use in Older Adults with COPD Associated with Increased Risk of Cardiac Death | News Brief

Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who recently started using opioids have an increased risk of coronary artery disease-related death compared to non-opioid users, researchers at

Nurse’s Drug Diversion Causes Infection Outbreak at Wisconsin Hospital | News Brief

Opioid diversion led to an outbreak of Serratia marcescens at a Wisconsin hospital, researchers have found. Five patients admitted to five different wards at UW Health’s University

Taking Medications as Prescribed Important to Control Health Care Costs | News Brief

At a time when health care costs are scrutinized more closely than ever, a new study demonstrates the importance of taking medications as prescribed to control costs.

Rate of Medication Errors Resulting in Serious Medical Outcomes Rising | News Brief

Researchers advise parents to keep medication logs and store all medications up, away, and out of sight.

Managing Risk Associated with Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices Used in Cardiac Surgery | Feature

Between 2010 and 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 32 Medical Device Reports of patient infections associated with heater-cooler devices and 25 of these cases were reported during 2015 alone.

Malaria Drug Protects Fetuses from Zika Infection | News Brief

Devastating consequences of Zika virus infection are suffered in the womb, where the virus can cause brain damage and sometimes death. Studying pregnant mice, researchers at Washington

Making the Case for Suicide Screening in Emergency Departments | Feature

Universal suicide risk screening in the ED appears to be feasible and may increase the detection of people at risk, according to a study. EDs are encouraged to tailor suicide screening protocols to their available resources in order to optimize outcomes.

Follow-Up & Drug Adherence After Acute Myocardial Infarction | Feature

Older patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appear to have poorer adherence to their post-discharge medication regimens if they go longer periods of time before being followed up. Delaying outpatient follow-up after AMI may worsen outcomes for this patient group.

Sex Bias in Surgical Research | Feature

A comprehensive analysis has found that sex bias appears to exist in human surgical clinical research. This disparity must be addressed in order to improve evidence-based medicine.

Technology and Internet Addiction: How to Recognize it and Recover From it | Feature

Comparitech has put together the ultimate patient guide to technology and Internet addiction, which covers everything from email and social media addiction to smartphone withdrawal.

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