Recent Features

Safety of Contrast Agents in the Critically Ill

Safety of Contrast Agents in the Critically Ill | Opinion Article

Ultrasound contrast agent safety in critically ill patients undergoing echocardiography has been questioned by the FDA. This controversy was the result of rare reports showing that deaths or life-threatening adverse reactions occurred in close proximity to the administration of ultrasound contrast agents.…

Treatment-Resistant Hypertension: Assessing Predictors & Outcomes

Treatment-Resistant Hypertension: Assessing Predictors & Outcomes | Feature

Treatment-resistant hypertension appears to be common in patients with coronary artery disease and hypertension, highlighting the need for early recognition of at-risk patients.

Patient Preferences on Boarding

Patient Preferences on Boarding | Opinion Article

Crowding in the ED has been well-established as a problem that poses a threat to public health. Studies show that ED and hospital crowding leads to ambulance diversions, medical errors, delayed care, and increased mortality rates. “Many strategies have been tried to alleviate ED and hospital crowding, some of which involve the entire institution,” explains Peter Viccellio, MD.…

Stroke Guidelines for Women

Stroke Guidelines for Women | Feature

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have released women-specific guidelines on reducing stroke risk. Many risk factors for women are present at younger ages, meaning that early recognition of stroke risk may lead to earlier use of prevention strategies.

Blood Transfusions & Infection Risk

Blood Transfusions & Infection Risk | Feature

Researchers evaluated whether RBC transfusion thresholds were associated with risk of infection and whether these risks were independent of leukocyte reduction.

Promoting Thyroid Cancer Awareness

Promoting Thyroid Cancer Awareness | Opinion Article

According to recent estimates, approximately 62,980 people in the United States will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2014, a nearly 5% increase from 2013. The incidence is rapidly increasing among all age groups, and thyroid cancer is especially common in women, who represent three of every four people diagnosed with the disease.…

Assessing Women’s Knowledge of Stroke Warning Signs

Assessing Women’s Knowledge of Stroke Warning Signs | Feature

A national study has found that knowledge of stroke warning signs is low among women, especially Hispanics. The data highlight an important knowledge gap that warrants effective clinical counseling strategies and public awareness campaigns that target women.

Dealing With Diabetes & Depression

Dealing With Diabetes & Depression | Feature

Rates of depression are significantly higher for patients with diabetes, especially those who are elderly, when compared with people without diabetes. About 20% to 30% of patients with diabetes suffer from clinically relevant depressive disorders. “Depression can worsen glycemic control in those with diabetes,” says Jason C.…

Treatment Trends for Type 2 Diabetes

Treatment Trends for Type 2 Diabetes | Feature

Treatments for type 2 diabetes have grown in complexity, while older therapies continue to be replaced or supplemented by newer ones. Monitoring these patterns is critical as emerging research compares safety and effectiveness of newer therapies versus older treatments.

Guidance on HCP Attire to Prevent Infections

Guidance on HCP Attire to Prevent Infections | Feature

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has issued a guidance paper on healthcare personal (HCP) attire for those practicing in non-operating room settings. Recommendations are made to help prevent the transmission of healthcare-associated infections through HCP attire.