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Pulmonology General

Managing Pulmonary Embolism in the ED

Aug 16, 2012

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which includes DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE), is the third leading cause of cardiovascular death among Americans and is especially fatal if these events go undiagnosed ...

Quitting Smoking: 10-Year Trends

Aug 15, 2012

The CDC analyzed data on smoking cessation among 27,157 United States adults between 2001 and 2010. The analysis revealed the following: ...

Quantifying Drug-Seeking Behaviors in the Emergency Department

Aug 09, 2012

Pain is one of the most common reasons for patients seeking care in EDs, accounting for up to 42% of all emergency room visits. Emergency physicians vary widely in prescribing patterns and often have ...

Reducing VTE Risk After Hip & Knee Replacement

Jul 18, 2012

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which encompasses deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is one of the most common reasons for readmission following primary hip or knee replacement surg...

CPAP Improves LV Function in OSA

Jul 18, 2012

British research suggests that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy appears to improve structural and functional changes in left ventricular (LV) function that result from moderate-to-se...

Expeditors in EDs: Facilitating Patient Throughput

Jul 05, 2012

Patients commonly experience lulls in their treatment during the course of their visits to the emergency department (ED). Following the triage of patients, they often wait to be brought back to a room...

A New Anesthesia Delivery Workstation

Jul 05, 2012

A high-performance anesthesia delivery system (Arkon, OSI Systems) has received 510(k) marketing clearance from the FDA. The system provides anesthesiologists with reliable tools for monitoring patien...

Managing Postoperative Pulmonary Complications

Jun 05, 2012

There has been increased focus on the need for higher-quality, safer, and more appropriate care in hospitals nationwide. One of the most important components of this mission is to reduce the risk of c...

Pediatric Fracture-Related Pain: The Crowding Effect

May 30, 2012

According to published studies, pain is the most common reason for seeking care in the ED, accounting for up to 78% of visits. Underuse of analgesics is common, especially among pediatric patients. Th...

LVR-Coil Treatment Promising for Emphysema

May 08, 2012

A lung volume reduction coil (LVR-coil) device appears to be promising in the treatment of patients with severe emphysema, according to results from a small international study. LVR-coil treatment ach...

Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2012 Annual Congress

Apr 24, 2012

New research was presented at the 2012 Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Critical Care Congress from February 4-8 in Houston. The features below highlight just some of the studies that emerged fro...

Reducing Exacerbations in COPD

Mar 20, 2012

COPD has vaulted to the third-leading cause of death in the United States and continues to tax healthcare systems nationwide. The disease is complicated by frequent and recurrent acute exacerbations, ...

COPD Exacerbations by Season

Mar 06, 2012

Exacerbations of COPD appear to be more severe between November and February, contributing to increased morbidity during the winter, according to a British analysis. Significantly more exacerbations o...

Statins Improve Brain Injury Survival Rates by 76%

Oct 12, 2011

Patients taking cholesterol-lowering statins when admitted to the hospital for a brain injury are 76% more likely to survive than those who are not taking the drugs, according to a recent Johns Hopkin...

Top 10 Drug Markups in the Gray Market

Aug 23, 2011

On average, drugs in short supply are being marked up by 650% on the gray market, according to an analysis released last week by the Premier Healthcare Alliance. Drugs in short supply have led to a cr...

CDC Releases Statement on PCR Use for Pertussis

May 16, 2011

The CDC has issued a statement on best practices for use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to diagnose pertussis. The statement, available at www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical, provides information for ...

Discolored Sputum Does Not Signal Antibiotics

Apr 04, 2011

Adults with acute cough/lower respiratory tract infection who present with discolored sputum appear to be prescribed antibiotics more often than those with clear/white sputum, according to a recent st...

Conference Highlights: The 2010 Veith Symposium

Dec 28, 2010

The 37th annual Veith Symposium was held from November 17 to 21 in New York City. The features below highlight some of the news emerging from the meeting. Analyzing Different Stenting Approaches for ...

A Strategy to Prevent Postoperative Pneumonia

Nov 30, 2010

Postoperative pneumonia continues to create a burden on healthcare systems, often leading to increases in morbidity, length of hospital stay, and costs. Postoperative pneumonia is the third most commo...

Battling CKD in Patients with Diabetes

Nov 02, 2010

This Physician’s Weekly feature on chronic kidney disease and diabetes was completed in cooperation with the experts at the American Diabetes Association. Each year in the United States, more tha...