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Total Joint Arthroplasty: Addressing Unplanned Readmissions

Total Joint Arthroplasty: Addressing Unplanned Readmissions | Feature

A significant number of total joint arthroplasty procedures require unplanned readmission within 90 days. Measures to limit these complications should be implemented to reduce the physical and psychological impact of readmission on patients and the financial burden to society.

Communication Etiquette in Medical Training

Communication Etiquette in Medical Training | Feature

Physicians-in-training are unlikely to introduce themselves fully to hospitalized patients or sit down to talk to them. Simple adjustments to how interns communicate can enhance the patient experience for those who are hospitalized.

Gender Bias in Knee Osteoarthritis

Gender Bias in Knee Osteoarthritis | Opinion Article

Knee osteoarthritis is significantly higher in women, but gender bias may be influencing healthcare providers in recommending treatment.

Reducing Postoperative Pulmonary Complications

Reducing Postoperative Pulmonary Complications | Feature

Using a standardized care program that emphasizes patient education, early mobilization, and pulmonary interventions may help reduce the incidence of postoperative pneumonia and unplanned intubation.

Sexual Assault Training for ED Residents

Sexual Assault Training for ED Residents | Feature

A survey has found that more than half of emergency residency program directors did not know how their sexual assault guidelines were established, and few were based upon recommendations from the literature. The findings highlight a need for increased awareness of sexual assault education and training curriculum guidelines.

Flu Vaccination & Cardiovascular Outcomes

Flu Vaccination & Cardiovascular Outcomes | Opinion Article

Flu vaccinations are a low-cost therapy that can be provided annually, safely, and easily to potentially offer greater cardio protection, especially for patients at greatest risk.

GI Cancer: Avoiding Potential Hospitalizations

GI Cancer: Avoiding Potential Hospitalizations | Feature

For patients with advanced gastrointestinal (GI) cancer, potentially avoidable hospitalizations appear to be common. Most of these hospitalizations occur in patients with advanced treatment-refractory GI cancers who are near the end of life.

Updated Guidelines for Assessing Cardiovascular Risk

Updated Guidelines for Assessing Cardiovascular Risk | Feature

Clinical practice guidelines have been updated to help clinicians better identify adults who may be at high risk for developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The guidelines are also intended to identify adults with potentially serious cardiovascular conditions resulting from atherosclerosis and who may benefit from prevention strategies.

Examining Physician Rx Drug Use

Examining Physician Rx Drug Use | Feature

New research provides unique insights into the reasons why physicians abuse prescription medications. Efforts are needed to prevent these problems during medical training and throughout physicians’ careers.

Enhancing Patient Outcomes After Cardiac Surgery

Enhancing Patient Outcomes After Cardiac Surgery | Feature

A scientific statement recommends the use of checklists, preoperative and postoperative briefings, and team training in communication skills to improve patient outcomes after cardiac surgery.

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