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We can't (and shouldn't) expect clinicians without PPE to treat COVID-19 patients
We can't, and shouldn't, expect healthcare professionals without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to risk their lives to care for patients with COVID-19 infection, contends an expert in a stinging rebuke, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics. (2020-05-21)
SHEA helps hospitals navigate legal aspects of antibiotic
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America today released a white paper outlining strategies for documenting the recommendations of antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP) and clarifying the stewardship team's role in patient care from a legal and quality improvement standpoint. (2020-05-13)
Editorial: US healthcare must take a more proactive approach to prepare for future disasters
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed major deficiencies and inequities in the US healthcare system, shining a spotlight on improvements that must be made to steel the country for future disasters, argues Maia. (2020-05-07)
Clinically-applicable math model predicts patient outcomes to cancer immunotherapy
A group of our cancer and mathematics researchers at Houston Methodist have developed a clinically-applicable mathematical model to predict patient outcomes to cancer immunotherapy. (2020-04-30)
Different trigger points for seeking healthcare may explain gender divide
Men might not be more reluctant to see a doctor than women are, as is popularly believed, but may simply have different trigger points for seeking healthcare, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (2020-04-30)
Model can predict hospital resilience for natural disasters, pandemics
CSU researchers have created a modeling tool that could help cities understand the full functionality and recovery of a healthcare system in the wake of a natural disaster. (2020-04-29)
Making transitions from nursing home to hospital safer during COVID-19 outbreak
Based on their research and clinical experiences, Kathleen Unroe, M.D., and colleagues have developed the top 10 points for safe care transitions between nursing home and emergency departments during the pandemic. (2020-04-28)
COVID-19 could spell the end of an egalitarian National Health Service
A return to the principles of equality and universality of care that informed the NHS 70 years ago could be impossible. (2020-04-27)
University of the Witwatersrand publishes first clinical data on COVID-19 in South Africa
Health professionals will face difficult ethical decisions when it comes to dealing with COVID-19 patients. (2020-04-27)
Is it wrong to prioritize younger patients with COVID-19?
With services overburdened, healthcare professionals are having to decide who should receive treatment. (2020-04-22)
Protect health and social care workers and refer their deaths to the coroner, says The BMJ editor
All deaths of health and social care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic should be referred to the coroner for independent review, says Dr. (2020-04-22)
NHS charging rules for non-residents 'unworkable' and harming wider UK health system
The current NHS regulations for charging those not ordinarily resident in the UK for treatment, such as migrants and short term visitors, are 'unworkable' and harmful to the wider health system, concludes an analysis of survey responses, published in BMJ Paediatrics Open. (2020-04-21)
New decision model shapes strategies for dealing with public health emergencies
The efficient allocation of medical resources can be modelled mathematically, as shown by Finnish researchers. (2020-04-20)
Cost-effective canopy protects health workers from COVID infection during ventilation
Researchers have designed a cost-effective, plastic canopy system that can help to protect healthcare workers who are at risk of airborne coronavirus infection while delivering noninvasive ventilation or oxygen via high flow nasal canula (HFNC), according to a research letter published in the European Respiratory Journal. (2020-04-20)
Time to encourage people to wear face masks as a precaution, say experts
It's time to encourage people to wear face masks as a precautionary measure on the grounds that we have little to lose and potentially something to gain, say experts in The BMJ today. (2020-04-09)
Therapy dogs may help lower emergency clinicians' stress
New research published in Academic Emergency Medicine indicates that for physicians and nurses working evening shifts in the emergency department, interacting with a therapy dog for several minutes may help lower stress. (2020-04-08)
Curbing the rising toll of adults with complex care needs
In an article just published in JAMA Health Forum, nurse researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) underscore that while responses to the problem have resulted in well-motivated innovations, an effective and actionable path for immediate and long-term remediation should encompass micro- and macro-level solutions. (2020-04-06)
Passport to improved health for military veterans
A healthcare 'passport' to access NHS and other well-being services has been beneficial for the mental health of veterans and provides them with a sense of identity, according to research published in the BMJ Military Health. (2020-04-03)
Suffering from skin damage from face masks?
DOCTORS and nurses on the COVID-19 frontline are spending many hours a day wearing face masks, and many members of the general public are doing the same. (2020-04-03)
Addressing unhealthy lifestyles could increase life expectancy of those with severe mental illness
Researchers from King's College London have shown that a combination of approaches that aim to address unhealthy lifestyles, access to healthcare and social issues could reduce the gap in life expectancies by around 28% between those with severe mental illness (SMI) and the general population. (2020-03-27)
Reusable respirators may be a suitable alternative to disposable respirators
Researchers have found that reusable respirators may be a suitable alternative to disposable N95 respirators currently in high demand. (2020-03-26)
Telemedicine reduces mental health burden of COVID-19
Telemental health services are a practical and feasible way to support patients, family members, and healthcare providers who may experience psychological side-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including anxiety, fear, depression, and the impact of long-term isolation. (2020-03-24)
Nurse practitioner clinical settings key to delivery of patient-centered care
It's long been understood that care that respects and integrates the wants, needs, and preferences of patients results in higher ratings of satisfaction and improved health outcomes. (2020-03-19)
Researchers identify ways to improve care to trafficked children
Newly published research by a CU School of Medicine faculty member and colleagues identifies multiple ways that health care providers and organizations can improve the quality of care provided to trafficked children. (2020-03-04)
Poor cleaning can jeopardize sterilization of medical tools
Vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) failed to completely sterilize surgical tools 76% of the time when the tools were soiled with salts or blood and not cleaned prior to sterilization, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. (2020-02-26)
New tool aids patients in selecting a transplant center
A new website developed by researchers at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) is making it easier for organ transplant candidates to choose which transplant center is right for them. (2020-02-24)
GP care is valuable for children with life-limiting conditions reducing the need for A+E
Regular involvement of a GP in the care of children and young people with life-limiting conditions can reduce hospital admissions, a new study has found. (2020-02-18)
PSU study finds out-of-network primary care tied to rising ACO costs
Accountable Care Organizations -- or ACOs -- formed for the first time in 2011, designed to combat rising medical costs and provide more coordinated care to Medicare patients. (2020-02-14)
How runaway healthcare costs are a threat to older adults and what to do about it
Empowering Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices, accelerating the adoption of value-based care, using philanthropy as a catalyst for reform and expanding senior-specific models of care are among recommendations for reducing healthcare costs published in a new special report and supplement to the Winter 2019-20 edition of Generations, the journal of the American Society of Aging (ASA). (2020-02-06)
Study links high stillbirth rates worldwide to gender inequality
In the first comprehensive study mapping global patterns of stillbirth rates, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have found that pregnant women who are poor and have lower access to education and employment are more likely to experience a child's death at delivery. (2020-02-04)
New research finds that ACOs are struggling to integrate social services with medical care
New findings from a Dartmouth-led study, published in the February issue of Health Affairs, show that despite effort and attention on the part of some healthcare providers to better address their patients' social needs, little progress is being made to integrate social services with medical care. (2020-02-03)
New Dartmouth study explores prevalence of drug promotions in primary care practices
A new Dartmouth study finds that pharmaceutical companies' promotional access to outpatient practices that deliver primary care in the US is substantial, especially in smaller practices, those outside of healthcare systems, and those without academic affiliation, possibly impacting prescribing quality and cost. (2020-01-27)
Depression common during perimenopause but not regularly assessed by providers
Almost 40% of women experience symptoms of depression during perimenopause, yet it often goes undetected and untreated because many healthcare providers aren't screening for it and aren't prepared with treatment options. (2020-01-22)
Health of poor Brits worse than that of those born a century ago
The self-reported health of poor Brits is worse than that of people born a century ago, suggests a large nationally representative study of more than 200,000 working-age people, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. (2020-01-20)
Tennessee review: 2% of providers account for 25% of pediatric antibiotic prescriptions
Fewer than 2% of providers accounted for 25% of antibiotic prescriptions for children in Tennessee, with the highest number of prescriptions coming from general pediatricians and those who graduated prior to 2000, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. (2020-01-15)
Socioeconomic inequalities are decisive in the health of the elderly
Researchers at the UPV/EHU, Osakidetza and the Department of Health have reviewed scientific papers that analyse the relationship between socioeconomic inequalities and health among the elderly population in Spain. (2019-12-23)
How can healthcare achieve real technology driven transformation?
Real transformation in healthcare through the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, telecommunications, and other advanced technologies could provide significant improvements in healthcare quality, productivity, and access. (2019-12-19)
Having to defend one's sexuality increases fear of childbirth
In order to help people with fear of childbirth, there must be trust between the patient and the healthcare staff. (2019-12-16)
Survey shows link between psychological safety and use of infection prevention practices
Hospitals reporting high levels of psychological safety are more likely to have comprehensive infection prevention and control (IPC) programs, according to the results of a survey appearing in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), published by Elsevier. (2019-12-16)
Neural network for elderly care could save millions
A deep neural network model helps predict healthcare visits by elderly people, with the potential to save millions (2019-12-13)
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