Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Critical Care for November 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Three Meds Equal as Second-Line Therapy for Status Epilepticus
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Levetiracetam, fosphenytoin, and valproate are equally effective in children and adults for the treatment of benzodiazepine-refractory convulsive status epilepticus, according to a study published in the Nov. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns Examined for Adult, Peds HAIs
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In two reports published online Nov. 25 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, authors present updated summaries of common pathogens and antimicrobial resistance patterns among health care-associated infections (HAIs) in adult and pediatric patients.
Object-Related Aspiration Deaths Decreased Among Children
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — From 1968 to 2017, there was a decrease in object-related aspiration deaths in children and adolescents, according to a research letter published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
U.S. Life Expectancy Dropped Since 2014 for Working-Age Adults
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — U.S. life expectancy increased from 1959 to 2016 but has been decreasing since 2014, according to research published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Death Toll in Samoa Measles Epidemic Reaches 25
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The death toll in a measles epidemic sweeping Samoa has reached 25, and all but one of the victims have been young children, an official said Monday.
Peds Cardiac Surgical Outcomes Improved in Consortium
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Children’s hospitals participating in the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4) have improved cardiac surgery outcomes, including a 24 percent reduction in in-hospital mortality, according to a study published in the Dec. 3 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Employee Premiums, Deductibles Eating Larger Share of Income
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — During the last decade, health care costs have eaten up a larger share of income for millions of middle-class Americans with employer coverage, according to Trends in Employer Health Care Coverage, 2008-2018, a Nov. 21 report from The Commonwealth Fund.
Negative Impact Persists for Survivors of Firearm Injury
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Firearm injury seems to have a lasting effect, with survivors of gunshot wounds (GSW) having negative outcomes for years, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in JAMA Surgery.
CDC Updates Interim Guidance on Vaping-Linked Lung Illness
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In an article published in the Nov. 19 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, interim guidance is provided for health care professionals managing patients with suspected electronic cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). Another report in the same issue suggests that the characteristics of hospitalized and nonhospitalized EVALI patients are similar.
Umbilical Cord Milking May Harm Extremely Preterm Infants
TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In preterm infants born at less than 32 weeks of gestation, there is no significant difference in the rate for the composite outcome of mortality or severe intraventricular hemorrhage with umbilical cord milking versus delayed umbilical cord clamping, according to a study published in the Nov. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the study was terminated early due to a significantly higher rate of severe intraventricular hemorrhage in the umbilical cord-milking group.
Optic Nerve Ultrasound May ID Increased Intracranial Pressure
TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Optic nerve ultrasonography can help diagnose increased intracranial pressure with high specificity and sensitivity for patients with traumatic and nontraumatic brain injury, according to a review published online Nov. 19 in Annals of Internal Medicine.
White House Wants Hospitals, Insurers to Provide Actual Costs of Care
MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — New rules requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures before they are performed have been proposed by the Trump Administration.
CDC: Number of Vaping-Linked Lung Illnesses Up to 2,172
FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of Americans stricken with a severe respiratory illness tied to vaping has now reached 2,172, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. That is a rise from the 2,051 case total from a week ago.
Some Progress Made in Slowing Antibiotic Resistance-Linked Deaths
FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Progress has been made in slowing antibiotic resistance-associated deaths, but more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur each year in the United States, according to a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
12 Cases of Vaping-Related Lung Injury Described in One Hospital
FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Twelve cases of electronic cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) from a single institution have been described in a case series published online Nov. 8 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
Survey of U.S. Registered Nurses Points to Worsening Shortages
THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The 2019 AMN Healthcare Survey of Registered Nurses raises concerns about the outlook for the nursing profession in the United States.
Imaging Rates Continue to Rise Despite Efforts to Reduce
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite initiatives to reduce the use of medical imaging, rates continue to rise in both the United States and Ontario, Canada, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Double Lung Transplant Performed for Vaping-Related Illness
TUESDAY, Nov. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — What is believed to be the first double lung transplant in the United States for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged after vaping was performed by doctors at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.
More Awareness of Choosing Wisely Campaign Needed for Nurses
THURSDAY, Nov. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Greater awareness of Choosing Wisely recommendations among nurses could promote high-value care for acute and critically ill patients, according to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Critical Care.
CDC: Number of Vaping-Linked Lung Illnesses Tops 2,000
THURSDAY, Nov. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The number of Americans stricken with a severe respiratory illness tied to vaping has now reached 2,051, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
Fecal Microbiota Transplant Cuts Bloodstream Infection in C. diff
TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients with recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) who receive treatment with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) are less likely to develop a primary bloodstream infection (BSI) than those receiving antibiotics, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Seriously Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Face Financial Hardship
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Seriously ill Medicare enrollees experience considerable financial distress, according to a report published in the November issue of Health Affairs.
Dr. Stephen Hahn Nominated to Head FDA
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Radiation oncology expert Stephen Hahn, M.D., has been nominated as the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
Recommendations Developed to Address Clinician Burnout
FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout, a new report published online Oct. 23 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recommendations are presented to address clinician burnout.
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