Recent Features

Guidelines for Methadone Safety

Guidelines for Methadone Safety | Feature

The American Pain Society has released guidelines on methadone safety, providing recommendations developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel. Clinical skills and knowledge on the safe use of methadone are imperative to mitigating potential risks.

Bariatric Surgery: Looking at Long-Term Follow-Up

Bariatric Surgery: Looking at Long-Term Follow-Up | Opinion Article

Many published studies on bariatric surgery are retrospective, short-term analyses with insufficient follow-up. “Obesity is a chronic illness that is linked to important comorbidities,” says Nancy Puzziferri, MD, MS. “Obesity treatments need to be assessed in long-term studies, particularly for invasive procedures like bariatric surgery.”

There is plenty of short-term evidence about the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery for up to 1 year after the procedure, but few data are available about long-term outcomes.…

Echocardiography Use in Pediatric Heart Patients

Echocardiography Use in Pediatric Heart Patients | Opinion Article

With the rapid advance-ment of cardiovascular imaging technologies, it is important for physicians to understand how best to incorporate these options into clinical care and how to choose between imaging modalities. Recently, the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and other expert societies released the first appropriate use criteria (AUC) for suspected heart disease in pediatric patients.…

Women & IHD: Coming to a Consensus

Women & IHD: Coming to a Consensus | Feature

A consensus statement from the American Heart Association provides clinicians with the tools and information to accurately detect and determine risks for ischemic heart disease in women.

Malnutrition Among the Elderly in EDs

Malnutrition Among the Elderly in EDs | Opinion Article

According to published research, malnutrition is a common but underdiagnosed condition among older adults and has been linked to physical and cognitive decline, a lower quality of life, and a higher risk of death. Studies suggest that the elderly are particularly vulnerable because of loss of appetite, comorbidities, medications, and environmental factors.…

The Digital Divide in Older Patients

The Digital Divide in Older Patients | Opinion Article

Over the last several years, many resources have been invested in internet-based interventions to improve health as a result of government programs and initiatives led by healthcare providers. These resources, including tools like electronic health records (EHRs) and online health portals, are designed to help patients become more active participants in their healthcare.…

Perioperative AF: Assessing Long-Term Stroke Risks

Perioperative AF: Assessing Long-Term Stroke Risks | Feature

Perioperative atrial fibrillation (AF) appears to signal a higher long-term risk of ischemic stroke among patients hospitalized for surgery. More research is needed to learn more about these associations and to optimize treatment strategies for patients with perioperative AF.

Insights on “Alarm Fatigue”

Insights on “Alarm Fatigue” | Opinion Article

The term “alarm fatigue” refers to when clinicians are desensitized by alarms, many of which sound off despite being false or clinically irrelevant. As a result, alarm sounds can become background noise and be perceived by clinicians as part of the normal working environment.…

Dating Violence Among Adolescent ED Visits

Dating Violence Among Adolescent ED Visits | Feature

In a recent study, nearly one of six adolescents who seek ED care report recent dating violence and several factors were associated with dating violence. There is a need to develop screening and intervention programs to address this problem.

Lower-Extremity Amputations: Assessing Variations

Lower-Extremity Amputations: Assessing Variations | Opinion Article

Studies have shown that people with diabetes are about 10 times more likely to undergo a lower extremity amputation (LEA) than those without the disease. About 90% of diabetics who undergo an LEA have a pre-existing foot ulcer. Researchers have made many discoveries about how wounds heal, but these innovations have not led to the development of many new products for treating diabetic foot ulcers.…

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