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Counseling in ER Can Reduce Youth Violence
Counseling in ER Can Reduce Youth Violence
New research suggests 30 minutes of counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease a young person's involvement in future violent behaviors.
High Demand And Rising Salaries Await Young Physicians
High Demand And Rising Salaries Await Young Physicians
I’m told by his mother that my nephew, Andrew L. Kelly, MD, could have nearly any physician job he wanted, anywhere in the country, and for a terrific salary. Her mailbox has been stuffed with recruiting offers for him.
CT Scanning In Emergency Rooms Doubles In Past Decade Due To 'Superior Diagnostic Accuracy'
CT Scanning In Emergency Rooms Doubles In Past Decade Due To 'Superior Diagnostic Accuracy'
When doctors reach for the right tools to diagnose injuries sustained by the 40 million people who visit emergency rooms each year, they are increasingly turning to CT scans to determine what happened, and how the injury should be treated, according to...
Camera-Based Monitoring Technology Measures Absolute Arterial Blood Oxygenation (Spo2) Levels Wit...
Camera-Based Monitoring Technology Measures Absolute Arterial Blood Oxygenation (Spo2) Levels Wit...
Royal Philips today announced the results of the first published study to demonstrate that absolute oxygen saturation of arterial blood (SpO2), a vital sign that is commonly monitored in hospitalized and other patients, can be accurately measured acros...
Naloxone Eases Pain of Heroin Epidemic, But Not Without Consequences
Naloxone Eases Pain of Heroin Epidemic, But Not Without Consequences
A woman in her 30s was sitting in a car in a parking lot here last month, shooting up heroin, when she overdosed. Even after the men she was with injected her with naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses, she remained unconscious. They called...
10 Top Patient Safety Issues For 2016
10 Top Patient Safety Issues For 2016
Healthcare has no doubt made giant strides in patient safety in recent years: According to an HHS report released in December, hospital-acquired condition rates dropped 17 percent from 2010 to 2014, leading to 87,000 fewer patient deaths in hospitals. ...
Abuse, Misuse of Antidiarrheal Linked To Serious Heart Problems
Abuse, Misuse of Antidiarrheal Linked To Serious Heart Problems
Abuse and misuse of the commonly available antidiarrheal medication loperamide (Imodium, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc) has been linked to life-threatening cardiac events, according to a warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). T...
Empowering Pediatric Pain Medicine
Empowering Pediatric Pain Medicine
Canada stands at the verge of a new standard of pediatric pain management, thanks to the dedicated leadership of Samina Ali. Over the last few years, she has been making headlines for leading several research projects revealing that Canada's children a...
ER Visits Up for Young Adults with Mental Illness
ER Visits Up for Young Adults with Mental Illness
While emergency department visits for young adults ages 19 to 25 decreased slightly overall following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), visits for mental illnesses in this age group increased “significantly,” as did disea...
Could Technology Be the Answer To the Crisis Facing Psychiatric Patients in EDs?
Could Technology Be the Answer To the Crisis Facing Psychiatric Patients in EDs?
Over a 2½-year period, Aaron Hernandez was taken to the emergency department at a California hospital eight times on a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold. Doctors told the teen's family that inpatient treatment had to be voluntary, and Aaron, le...
Fall-Sustained Head Trauma Doubles Seniors' Risk of Emergency Room
Fall-Sustained Head Trauma Doubles Seniors' Risk of Emergency Room
Minor head trauma sustained from a fall places older adults at a higher risk of returning to the emergency room than any other fall-related injury, according to a study published last week. The results of the study, conducted by researchers at The Ohio...
Study: Potassium Measures May Differ, Impact Hyperkalemia Care
Study: Potassium Measures May Differ, Impact Hyperkalemia Care
In patients with moderate to severe hyperkalemia, potassium measurements obtained via blood gas analyzer differ significantly from those of biochemistry analyzers, a new Turkish study finds. “Although much faster than central laboratory biochemis...
HIPAA Rule Change Part of Move To Fight Gun Violence
HIPAA Rule Change Part of Move To Fight Gun Violence
Only a few healthcare organizations report to the federal database that conducts background searches on people who want to buy guns, but those groups will get a little more latitude through a final HHS rule that's part of a White House package announce...
How Hospitals Prepare for the Worst
How Hospitals Prepare for the Worst
Last month, the tragic mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub rattled our nation. In all, 49 people lost their lives, with many others injured. But fortunately, the trauma teams, first responders and the staff of the Orlando Regional Medical Center were...
Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns
Fentanyl-Laced 'Norco' Is Lethal, Report Warns
A street drug sold illegally as the prescription painkiller Norco is much stronger and more dangerous than the real medication, researchers warn.
Untreated Hypertension Increases Risk For Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Untreated Hypertension Increases Risk For Intracerebral Hemorrhage
The risk for intracerebral hemorrhage is more than nine times higher for men and women with untreated hypertension compared with those with treated hypertension, researchers reported at the International Stroke Conference. Researchers evaluated the ris...
The Four Burners Theory: The Downside of Work-Life Balance
The Four Burners Theory: The Downside of Work-Life Balance
One way to think about work-life balance issues is with a concept known as The Four Burners Theory. Here’s how it was first explained to me: Imagine that your life is represented by a stove with four burners on it. Each burner symbolizes one majo...
Ketamine Appears To Be Safe, Effective For Difficult-To-Sedate ER Patients
Ketamine Appears To Be Safe, Effective For Difficult-To-Sedate ER Patients
For the small segment of the emergency population whose acute behavioral disturbance does not respond to traditional sedation, ketamine appears to be effective and safe, according to an Australian study published online last in Annals of Emergency Medi...
Isopropyl Alcohol Nasal Inhalation Effective Treatment for ED Nausea
Isopropyl Alcohol Nasal Inhalation Effective Treatment for ED Nausea
Investigators randomized a convenience sample of 80 patients in the ED presenting with nausea or vomiting to either inhaled isopropyl alcohol (37) or saline solution (43). Subjects would nasally inhale at 0, 2, and 4 minutes. Nausea outcomes were self-...
Return Visits To the ER More Likely For Patients With Limited English
Return Visits To the ER More Likely For Patients With Limited English
Patients in the emergency room who don't speak English well are slightly more likely to return within days, suggesting their care the first time was not as good as it could have been, researchers say. In a study in one New York hospital, about 4 percen...
Doctor: Orlando Emergency Room Was 'Surreal'
Doctor: Orlando Emergency Room Was 'Surreal'
Trauma doctors at the local hospital that is treating many of the wounded from the Orlando nightclub massacre described for reporters on June 14 the large numbers of patients that came into their emergency bay for treatment of gun shot wounds after the...
New Delirium Test May Be Simpler, More Accurate
New Delirium Test May Be Simpler, More Accurate
A simple test for delirium that is accurate and quick, is easily administered, and does not require patient participation may provide a more accurate diagnostic tool, new research suggests.
Could EPs Face Charges For Prescribing Opioids?
Could EPs Face Charges For Prescribing Opioids?
A California jury convicted Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng of second-degree murder in connection with three overdose deaths in October, making it the first time a U.S. doctor was convicted of murder for overprescribing drugs.
As Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Tighten, Mindfulness Meditation Holds Promise for Pain Relief
As Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Tighten, Mindfulness Meditation Holds Promise for Pain Relief
Try nonpharmacologic and nonopioid therapies first, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended in a recently published opioid prescribing guideline for primary care clinicians in outpatient settings. The CDC’s call for nonph...
Initiating Palliative Care in the ED Improves Quality of Life
Initiating Palliative Care in the ED Improves Quality of Life
Initiating a palliative care consultation in the emergency department (ED) improved quality of life and survival was not shortened in patients with advanced cancer. These findings were published in JAMA Oncology. Patients with advanced cancer commonly ...
Tiny Coils Improve Quality of Life For Patients With Severe Emphysema
Tiny Coils Improve Quality of Life For Patients With Severe Emphysema
The minimally invasive implantation of tiny coils into the lungs improves exercise ability, lung function and quality of life for patients with severe emphysema, according to a large international trial presented by researchers at the University of Pit...
Doctors Wrestle With Mixed Messages When Deciding Whether To Prescribe Painkillers
Doctors Wrestle With Mixed Messages When Deciding Whether To Prescribe Painkillers
Steve Diaz, an emergency medicine doctor at Augusta’s Maine General Health, says he knows what patients want when they come to him in pain. Drugs. And preferably strong ones.
Infant Rotavirus Vaccination Program Reduces Hospitalizations By 70 Percent
Infant Rotavirus Vaccination Program Reduces Hospitalizations By 70 Percent
Implementation of a rotavirus vaccination program in Ontario resulted in significant decreases in hospitalizations and ED utilization, according to results published in PLoS One. In 2011, Ontario launched a provincewide rotavirus immunization program ...
Zika: CDC Monitors 270 Women Who Have Tested Positive For Virus
Zika: CDC Monitors 270 Women Who Have Tested Positive For Virus
More than 270 pregnant women in the United States and its territories have tested positive for the Zika virus, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the 157 women in the U.S. with the virus, only 49 percent re...
Gun Injuries: Are They Getting More Deadly?
Gun Injuries: Are They Getting More Deadly?
New research suggests that between the years 2000 and 2013, the injuries sustained by victims of firearms violence grew both more severe and more deadly, even as mortality from other traumatic injuries declined.
Hydromorphone May Be New Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Hydromorphone May Be New Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Hydromorphone may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, according to a new Canadian study published online April 6 in JAMA Psychiatry. The research included 202 heroin addicts in Vancouver, Canada. They hadn't responded to commonly used tre...
3 in 4 Physicians Say Their Organization Is Not Addressing Burnout
3 in 4 Physicians Say Their Organization Is Not Addressing Burnout
A majority of physicians do not feel their employer or practice is doing enough to address and prevent burnout, according to a "microsurvey" of 200 primary care and emergency medicine physicians from InCrowd, a real-time market intelligence provider.
Study Finds Way To Improve Patient Safety After Admission From the Emergency Department
Study Finds Way To Improve Patient Safety After Admission From the Emergency Department
In a landmark study published in European Journal of Emergency Medicine and Journal of Advanced Nursing, researchers with Deakin’s Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research showed that patients with low blood pressure or abnormally rapid bre...
Doctors Test Tools to Predict Your Odds of a Disease
Doctors Test Tools to Predict Your Odds of a Disease
Thomas McGinn, chairman of medicine at a major New York hospital system, is betting he can predict if a patient has strep, pneumonia or other ailments not by ordering traditional lab tests or imaging scans, but by calculating probabilities with a softw...
A More Sensitive Blood Test to Diagnose Heart Disease: the Dawn of a New Era?
A More Sensitive Blood Test to Diagnose Heart Disease: the Dawn of a New Era?
Heart attacks are a major cause of illness and death in the United States. According to 2013 Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, about 116,793 people die of a heart attack every year in the United States. Someone has a heart attack eve...
Sorry, We Don't Take Obamacare
Sorry, We Don't Take Obamacare
Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manh...
One-Hour Window for High-Sensitivity Troponin MI Rule-Out Backed in Studies
One-Hour Window for High-Sensitivity Troponin MI Rule-Out Backed in Studies
High-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) assays used with low cutoff values, performed within the first hour after presentation, safely and effectively ruled out MI in patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain in two European...
The Speed of Sound: Assessing Tendons For Trauma, Infection
The Speed of Sound: Assessing Tendons For Trauma, Infection
Bedside ultrasound can be especially useful for assessing tendons — in trauma, repetitive motion injury and suspected infection. Having a basic understanding of the normal and abnormal appearance of tendons on ultrasound will give the emergency p...
CDC Says 1 in 3 Antibiotic Prescriptions Is Unnecessary
CDC Says 1 in 3 Antibiotic Prescriptions Is Unnecessary
At least 1 in 3 antibiotic prescriptions written in the U.S. is considered unnecessary for the conditions they are used to treat, a new study found. The study published in JAMA, was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using data...
High-Rise Residences Raise Risk Of Deadly Heart Attack
High-Rise Residences Raise Risk Of Deadly Heart Attack
People who experience a cardiac arrest on the third floor or above of a high-rise building have lower survival rates; above the 16th floor, their chances of survival are "negligible," according to research published in the Canadian Medical Association ...
Handheld Device Detects Heart Attacks With One Drop of Blood
Handheld Device Detects Heart Attacks With One Drop of Blood
A new handheld blood test device is able to rapidly diagnosis heart attacks at the point of care. The new Minicare I-20 handheld device, developed by Philips, is designed for use in emergency departments to dramatically reduce the time physicians take ...
7 Strategies To Reduce Readmissions Among Minorities
7 Strategies To Reduce Readmissions Among Minorities
Amid growing concerns about racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare outcomes, as well as frustration over the fact that federal penalties unfairly punish providers in high-risk communities, Medicare has released a guide to help hospitals improve co...
Trampoline Parks Tied to Jump in Emergency Room Visits
Trampoline Parks Tied to Jump in Emergency Room Visits
As trampoline parks are becoming more common in the U.S., so are emergency department visits for injuries that happen at these recreational facilities, a new study suggests.
New Tool Facilitates Shared Decision-Making Between Physicians And Patients With Chest Pain
New Tool Facilitates Shared Decision-Making Between Physicians And Patients With Chest Pain
Patients visiting a hospital emergency department with chest pain who engaged with their physician in shared decision-making using a tool called Chest Pain Choice showed improved knowledge of their health status and follow-up care options compared with...
New Surgical Tool for Mitral Valve Repair Demonstrates Success in First Human Clinical Study
New Surgical Tool for Mitral Valve Repair Demonstrates Success in First Human Clinical Study
Researchers investigating a novel device to repair the mitral heart valve report 100 percent procedural success in a safety and performance study, the first such study done in humans. The image-guided device, based on technology developed at the Univer...
3 Steps To Help Reduce Diagnostic Errors
3 Steps To Help Reduce Diagnostic Errors
Although many providers believe that a diagnostic error can never happen to them, the threat of a misdiagnosis is real. The latest research indicates that a diagnostic error is a factor in about 10 percent of patient deaths, according to a blog post by...
Emergency Physicians Call For Better Coordination To Battle Overdose Deaths
Emergency Physicians Call For Better Coordination To Battle Overdose Deaths
Running a busy emergency department is hard enough, let alone when you throw drug-seeking opioid addicts and overdose victims into the mix. America is in the middle of an epidemic of prescription painkiller and heroin abuse that’s killing thousan...
Antipsychotics Not Effective for Delirium in Hospitalized Patients
Antipsychotics Not Effective for Delirium in Hospitalized Patients
Antipsychotic medications do not appear to be effective for preventing or treating delirium in adult medical or surgical inpatients, according to a review published online March 23 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Karin J. Neufeld, M....
5 Keys to Physician Leadership Development
5 Keys to Physician Leadership Development
Two physician leaders share key lessons learned about how organizations can partner with physicians to foster leadership best practice among aspiring clinical administrators.
Prescription Assistance Tied To Fewer ER Visits
Prescription Assistance Tied To Fewer ER Visits
A graduate student at Washington State University Spokane is the lead author on a research paper that shows an overall drop in emergency room visits and hospitalizations by patients who are served by the Spokane Prescription Assistance Network, which h...
Kids' Lateral Ankle Injuries Rarely Require Casts
Kids' Lateral Ankle Injuries Rarely Require Casts
Lateral ankle injuries without radiographic evidence of a fracture are common injuries for children and rarely result in Salter-Harris I fractures of the distal fibula (SH1DF), according to a prospective cohort study published online Jan. 4 in JAMA Ped...
DNR Confusion Seen As Public Safety Risk
DNR Confusion Seen As Public Safety Risk
Confusion over living wills and "Do Not Resuscitate" orders among doctors, nurses and paramedics has created a national public safety risk, a top medical researcher says. The warning follows a Herald report on what one hospital executive called a "mis...
Dexamethasone For Asthma in the ER: Better Compliance, Nearly Equal Effectiveness
Dexamethasone For Asthma in the ER: Better Compliance, Nearly Equal Effectiveness
Adults with asthma who were treated with one-dose dexamethasone in the emergency department had only slightly higher relapse than patients who were treated with a 5-day course of prednisone. "Enhanced compliance and convenience may support the use of d...
CDC: One-Fifth of Americans Visit ER Once a Year
CDC: One-Fifth of Americans Visit ER Once a Year
While emergency rooms are known for being busy, new national research shows the level of patients in the five most populous states does not vary widely - though they make up more than one-third of all emergency room visits in the United States.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in a Gymnast
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in a Gymnast
Primary care providers often are responsible for the initial evaluation and management plan of young patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mild TBI, also called concussion), and need to be familiar with new protocols and how to incorporate them in...
Hydrogel: The Future of 'Smart Band-Aids'
Hydrogel: The Future of 'Smart Band-Aids'
A Band-Aid may never be the same again; engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with the latest model of stick-on dressing: a sticky, stretchy, gel-like material that can incorporate temperature sensors, LED lights and oth...
Study: More Than Half of Hospitals Holding Off On Value-Based Care
Study: More Than Half of Hospitals Holding Off On Value-Based Care
The majority of U.S. hospitals are still trying to determine how exactly the new landscape of alternative payment models will form and, as such, indicated that they are holding off for now, according to a study published by Peer60. Indeed, 37 percent o...
Drexel Researchers Testing Most Effective Seizure Treatments
Drexel Researchers Testing Most Effective Seizure Treatments
Drexel University College of Medicine researchers are conducting an emergency medicine study to find out the most effective drug for treating established status epilepticus — a life-threatening condition in which the brain is in a state of persis...
Study Suggests New Treatment For Seizures
Study Suggests New Treatment For Seizures
A new factor in the escalation of seizures has been discovered: the synthesis, or generation, of estrogens in the brain. This study also suggests that using a drug that inhibits estrogen synthesis, called an aromatase inhibitor, may be an effective app...
1 in 4 Readmissions Avoidable, Researchers Say
1 in 4 Readmissions Avoidable, Researchers Say
Readmission prevention efforts run the gamut from slashing CAUTI rates, to training uninsured patients how to administer their own IV antibiotics. But allocating resources to some basic steps of care can curb readmissions. The author of a recent study ...
Hand Hygiene: Electronic Monitoring Tools Just 1 Element of Compliance Plans
Hand Hygiene: Electronic Monitoring Tools Just 1 Element of Compliance Plans
Electronic monitoring tools may help promote hand-hygiene compliance, but ensuring that the habit sticks will require leaders to fully commit to enforcement, a study has found. Though proper hand hygiene is considered essential to avoid the spread of i...
Misuse Of ADHD Drugs By Young Adults Drives Rise In ER Visits
Misuse Of ADHD Drugs By Young Adults Drives Rise In ER Visits
It's no secret that stimulant medications such as Adderall that are prescribed to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are sometimes used as "study drugs" aimed at boosting cognitive performance. And emergency room visits linked t...
Inducing Deep Sleep After Head Injury May Protect the Brain
Inducing Deep Sleep After Head Injury May Protect the Brain
Scientists do not yet understand the biological mechanisms underlying the detrimental effects of traumatic brain injuries — and as a result, effective treatments remain elusive. In fact, how to deal with even a mild concussion is the subject of d...
'Microhospitals' Fill Some Emergency Room Needs
'Microhospitals' Fill Some Emergency Room Needs
With an eye on fast-growing urban and suburban markets, some health care systems are opening tiny, full-service hospitals with comprehensive emergency services but often with fewer than a dozen inpatient beds, according to a report from Kaiser Health N...
Recommended STD Testing Received By Less Than Half of Teen Sexual Assault Victims Who Go To the ER
Recommended STD Testing Received By Less Than Half of Teen Sexual Assault Victims Who Go To the ER
It seems that even in the emergency room, young sexual assault survivors aren’t receiving the medical care they deserve. According to a study published this December in Pediatrics, more than half of teenagers who visit the emergency department (E...
Opioid Paradox: Could Morphine Use Hurt As Much As It Helps By Prolonging Chronic Pain?
Opioid Paradox: Could Morphine Use Hurt As Much As It Helps By Prolonging Chronic Pain?
It's important to start off by noting that the opioid study everyone's buzzing about was conducted on animals and not humans. The research by Colorado University's Peter Grace and Linda Watkins looked at injured rats that were given morphine and came t...
Detection And Treatment of Aneurysms Bring Challenges
Detection And Treatment of Aneurysms Bring Challenges
Whether an aneurysm appears as a ballooning and weakened artery in the brain or in the body's biggest blood vessel, the aorta, the results can be serious — even deadly. Yet not all aneurysms are created equal. Cerebral and aortic aneurysms often ...
Sepsis: New Definition May Help Cut Risks of Deadly Infection
Sepsis: New Definition May Help Cut Risks of Deadly Infection
An international task force has come up with a new definition of sepsis that could cut the infection risk. The task force, led by doctors at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the university's School of Medicine, published updated definitions ...
Sedate Cardiac Arrest Patients Who Attain Awareness From High-Quality CPR
Sedate Cardiac Arrest Patients Who Attain Awareness From High-Quality CPR
EMS leaders and clinicians warn that patients receiving high-quality CPR, especially from mechanical CPR devices, can achieve some level of consciousness or alertness without a spontaneous heartbeat. That awareness may put the patient, as well as their...
Emergency Physicians Propose 3 Interventions To Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates
Emergency Physicians Propose 3 Interventions To Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates
Although survival rates for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital are extremely low in most places, emergency physicians propose three interventions to improve survival rates and functional outcomes in any community and urge additional fe...
Fentanyl: The Scariest Opioid?
Fentanyl: The Scariest Opioid?
Recently, Prince died from a fentanyl overdose. The tragedy has drawn attention to a powerful drug that until recently flew under the radar. Fentanyl, a prescription pain medication, is part of the opioid class that includes prescription drugs such as ...
Prehospital Naloxone Administration for Opioid-Related Emergencies
Prehospital Naloxone Administration for Opioid-Related Emergencies
Opioid abuse is a major public health epidemic in the United States and Canada as the number of deaths related to opioid toxicity continues to rise. In 2013, there were 16,325 prescription opioidrelated deaths in the U.S., quadruple the number of death...
If Not Lyme Disease, What Caused This Man's Fever?
If Not Lyme Disease, What Caused This Man's Fever?
Nonno says he doesn't feel good, the 8-year-old girl reported, handing her mother a digital thermometer. The woman looked at the readout - just under 102 degrees.
Hospitals Feeling Pinch in States That Don't Expand Medicaid
Hospitals Feeling Pinch in States That Don't Expand Medicaid
While most hospitals have seen a stark decrease in uncompensated care costs related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid expansion, some hospital groups have not substantially benefited from the change.
CDC: Data Shows Zika Virus Stays Longer in Urine Than Blood
CDC: Data Shows Zika Virus Stays Longer in Urine Than Blood
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its diagnostic testing guidelines for the Zika virus on May 10, based on early data showing that it can be found at higher levels or last longer in urine than in blood. The agency now recommen...
80 Percent of ER Providers Hesitant To Ask Patients About Gender, Sexual Orientation
80 Percent of ER Providers Hesitant To Ask Patients About Gender, Sexual Orientation
For emergency medicine clinicians who learned to defer to patients' privacy on sexual orientation and gender identification, asking questions is a major culture change.
Can Cluster-Boosted Regression Improve Prediction: Death And Length Of Stay In The ICU?
Can Cluster-Boosted Regression Improve Prediction: Death And Length Of Stay In The ICU?
Sharing of personal health information is subject to multiple constraints, which may dissuade some organizations from sharing their data. Summarized de-identified data, such as that derived from k-means cluster analysis, is subject to far fewer privacy...
Blood Pressure Spikes Don't Always Need Emergency Room Care
Blood Pressure Spikes Don't Always Need Emergency Room Care
A sudden spike in blood pressure is not an indication to bring the patient to the emergency room, a new study has revealed.
Doctors Changing Their Approach To Common Heart Attack Treatment
Doctors Changing Their Approach To Common Heart Attack Treatment
After a heart attack, doctors are changing practice trends as the debate continues on optimal time to administer antiplatelet therapy, researchers report.
Women With Migraine Face Increased CV Risk
Women With Migraine Face Increased CV Risk
Women who have migraine headaches have a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to new results from a large observational study published in The BMJ. Earlier studies have established a strong link between migraine and stroke,...
Kidney Stone Patients Hospitalized On the Weekend May Get Delayed Treatment
Kidney Stone Patients Hospitalized On the Weekend May Get Delayed Treatment
Patients with severe cases of kidney stones are 26 percent less likely to receive timely treatment when they're admitted to the hospital on the weekend, according to a new report. The study is the first to show that a risk factor called the "weekend ef...
Study: Many With Migraines Have Vitamin Deficiencies
Study: Many With Migraines Have Vitamin Deficiencies
A high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines appear to have mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 — a vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body that is used to produce energy for cell gro...
What parts of the Affordable Care Act are nationally embedded?
What parts of the Affordable Care Act are nationally embedded?
Since its enactment, the Affordable Care Act has been rife with opposition on both sides of the aisle, and it has undeniably created sweeping changes to the landscape of American healthcare. If the latest data can be believed, the law seems to have mad...
A New View of Appendicitis
A New View of Appendicitis
Gwen Deely’s story is an example of how not to deal with a health crisis when traveling abroad. She realizes she’s lucky to be alive. Ms. Deely, a 66-year-old living in Manhattan, was on an overnight flight from New York to Venice in Octobe...
Anemia Negatively Affects Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injuries
Anemia Negatively Affects Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injuries
Approximately half of patients hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries are anemic, according to recent studies, but anemia's effects on the recovery of these patients is not clear. Now, researchers have found evidence that anemia can negatively infl...
Worries Grow About the Spread of the Zika Virus
Worries Grow About the Spread of the Zika Virus
The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil and other South American countries has raised concerns that the virus could possibly spread throughout the United States. Cases among travelers returning to mainland U.S. have already been reporte...
Omega-3 Compound May Reduce COPD Infections
Omega-3 Compound May Reduce COPD Infections
Compounds derived from omega-3 fatty acids showed promise for preventing a bacterial respiratory infection that is a common cause of disease exacerbation and hospitalization in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to early res...
Simultaneous Cocaine, Alcohol Use Linked To Suicide Risk
Simultaneous Cocaine, Alcohol Use Linked To Suicide Risk
In a general sense, medical studies support the popular intuition — a staple of movies and literature — that suicidal behavior and substance misuse are linked. But the relationship between the two is not so simple. A new study of hundreds o...
'Street Medicine' Can Cut Down On ER 'Super-Users'
'Street Medicine' Can Cut Down On ER 'Super-Users'
Street medicine — essentially making house calls to the homeless — is apparently an effective way for hospitals to cut costs regarding the patients most likely to make repeat visits to the emergency room, according to the Associated Press. ...
How Stress Increases Seizures For Patients With Epilepsy
How Stress Increases Seizures For Patients With Epilepsy
It is well known that stress can increase the frequency and severity of seizures for patients with epilepsy. Now, researchers have shed light on why this is, and they may have even found a way to stop it. Published in the journal Science Signaling, the...
Concussions Caused By Playground Accidents Are On the Rise
Concussions Caused By Playground Accidents Are On the Rise
Monkey bars aren’t all fun and games. Concussions caused by playground accidents are on the rise, according to a new study out Monday. And swings and monkey bars are the biggest dangers. There’s been a 57 percent increase in ER visits relat...
Suicide Risk Can Be Intercepted in the Emergency Department, Study Finds
Suicide Risk Can Be Intercepted in the Emergency Department, Study Finds
A new study from UMass Medical School found that universal suicide risk screening in emergency departments nearly doubled the number of patients who were positively identified as thinking about or having attempted suicide. In the study, suicide risk sc...
Only 3 States Require E-Prescribing of Narcotics Despite Its Benefits
Only 3 States Require E-Prescribing of Narcotics Despite Its Benefits
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances reduces fraud and keeps patients from getting multiple prescriptions for the same drug, but only three states require it and one doesn't even enforce its law. As much of the country struggles with record ...
Kidney Stones Rise Significantly Among US Women, Increasing Kidney Failure Risk, New Studies Show
Kidney Stones Rise Significantly Among US Women, Increasing Kidney Failure Risk, New Studies Show
Kidney stones rise significantly among U.S. women, increasing the risk of kidney failure, according to a new study. Study lead Gregory E. Tasian said, “The emergence of kidney stones in children is particularly worrisome, because there is limited...
Acetaminophen: Is It As Safe As We Think?
Acetaminophen: Is It As Safe As We Think?
Whether in your handbag, a drawer at home, or your desk at work, chances are you have acetaminophen on hand, just in case headache or back pain strikes. It is the most widely used pain relief medication in the United States, and it is also considered o...
Delirium Often Seen in Cancer Patients in Emergency Departments
Delirium Often Seen in Cancer Patients in Emergency Departments
Delirium is fairly common, yet often missed, in advanced cancer patients who visit emergency departments, according to a study published in Cancer.
Increase revenue growth by capturing the managed Medicaid Care market
Increase revenue growth by capturing the managed Medicaid Care market
One of the largest opportunities for medical practice revenue growth in the next few years is the Managed Medicaid Care market. Nearly 93 million individuals will be eligible for Medicaid by 2024, and the vast majority of them are likely to enter manag...
Delayed Discharge Is 'Existential Threat' To Emergency Medicine
Delayed Discharge Is 'Existential Threat' To Emergency Medicine
Unnecessary delays in discharging patients pose an “existential threat” to emergency medicine, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has warned after the chief executive of NHS England admitted that the problem may not be dealt with for f...
C. Diff Infection Raises Hospital Costs By 40 Percent Per Case
C. Diff Infection Raises Hospital Costs By 40 Percent Per Case
Treating Clostridium difficile adds about $7,285 in hospital costs per patient, not including readmissions, research finds. It can be difficult to quantify the exact economic burden of C. diff on hospitals and the health system as a whole. But a re...