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An Update on Poisonings Presenting to EDs

An Update on Poisonings Presenting to EDs | Feature

New data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers show that poisonings from prescription drugs are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Poisonings from “bath salts,” synthetic marijuana, and laundry detergent pods appear to be emerging threats to public health.

Counseling Young Adults With Hypertension

Counseling Young Adults With Hypertension | Feature

A study suggests that not enough young adults with incident hypertension receive documented lifestyle education information from their healthcare providers. Interventions are needed to overcome barriers to providing lifestyle education to more patients.

Religious & Spiritual Considerations Infrequently Discussed | Feature

Discussions of religious or spiritual considerations appear to occur infrequently with the surrogate decision makers of ICU patients who have relatively high degrees of religiosity. Study investigators found that these discussions occurred in only about 16% of cases. Healthcare professionals rarely explored the patient’s or family’s religious or spiritual ideas.…

Managing Atrial Fibrillation in Thoracic Surgery

Managing Atrial Fibrillation in Thoracic Surgery | Feature

Perioperative atrial fibrillation (AF) and flutter (POAF) is among the most common cardiac arrhythmias occurring in patients undergoing thoracic surgical procedures. POAF has been linked to longer ICU and hospital stays and is associated with higher morbidity from strokes and neurologic events.…

Preventing Postoperative Pneumonia

Preventing Postoperative Pneumonia | Feature

A standardized pneumonia prevention program has been shown to achieve substantial and sustained reductions in the incidence of postoperative pneumonia in a surgical ward. Wider adoption of such programs could further improve outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs.

Guidelines for Reducing Catheter-Associated UTIs

Guidelines for Reducing Catheter-Associated UTIs | Opinion Article

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), and studies show that 70% to 80% are attributable to an indwelling urethral catheter. To help clinicians implement and prioritize efforts to prevent catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI) in the hospital setting, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and other partners updated their recommended strategies to prevent CAUTI in acute care hospitals and published this information in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.…

Unprofessional Medical Staff Behavior

Unprofessional Medical Staff Behavior | Feature

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a structured approach to defining and managing unprofessional behavior. The lessons learned may be applicable to help healthcare systems nationwide improve their current management practices.

Positive Effects With a Patient Handoff Program

Positive Effects With a Patient Handoff Program | Opinion Article

To enhance patient safety, many institutions have made improving patient handoffs a priority but research on the interventions used to attain this goal has been limited to single-center studies. A recent study published in JAMA by Amy J. Starmer, MD, MPH and colleagues found that bundling handoff interventions appeared to reduce medical error rates and improve communications between residents changing shifts at a single institution.…

Guidance on Left Ventriculography Use

Guidance on Left Ventriculography Use | Feature

Left ventriculography became the gold standard for assessing left ventricle function decades ago, but newer imaging technologies like cardiac MRI, echocardiography, and cardiac CT angiography have led to less frequent use of this test. Studies have shown that left ventriculography use varies widely throughout the country and within hospitals.…

10 Signs of Child Trafficking in Medical Care

10 Signs of Child Trafficking in Medical Care | Feature

A critical summary of screening and intervention techniques all health professionals should be aware of.

Human trafficking is often thought of as an issue faced by other countries, but is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 children in the U.S. are affected.…