Can You Spot the Drug Safety Hazard?

It's no secret that poor documentation, dangerous abbreviations and unlabeled syringes can lead to harmful medication errors or adverse drug events. What's surprising is how often they occur in surgery. See if your nursing and anesthesia providers can spot the medication error in each of these 6 real-life photos. Full article and photo click HERE

By | September 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Can You Spot the Drug Safety Hazard?

Inner City Patients More Likely to Land in ED with HTN Crisis

"...cases of HTN emergency (in which acute end organ damage is apparent) made up 3.2% of the study population with hypertension; ultimately, that means that 28% of those with HTN crisis had progressed to end organ damage." Read full article HERE

By | September 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Inner City Patients More Likely to Land in ED with HTN Crisis

Shift to Intensive Caregiving Tied to Health Declines

Researchers following more than 1,800 people as they transitioned into spousal caregiving over a four-year period found that caregivers whose spouse was severely dependent were likely to see a decline in their own health over time. Click here to read article

By | August 31st, 2018|Comments Off on Shift to Intensive Caregiving Tied to Health Declines

Sleep Apnea Linked to Dangerous Lipid Levels Independent predictor of higher LDL, total cholesterol

The analysis showed a strong association between higher total cholesterol, lower high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C), higher low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), elevated triglycerides, and several measures of OSA severity in the study of patients enrolled in the European Sleep Apnea Database. Click here for full article.  

By | August 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Linked to Dangerous Lipid Levels Independent predictor of higher LDL, total cholesterol

‘Z’ Drugs Significantly Boost Fracture Risk in Dementia Patients

These so-called Z drugs were found to increase overall fracture risk by 40% and the risk for hip fracture by 59%. Click here to read article

By | August 25th, 2018|Comments Off on ‘Z’ Drugs Significantly Boost Fracture Risk in Dementia Patients

Food Additives Causing Harm, Reforms Urgently Needed, AAP Says

"Because of the overuse of the GRAS process and other key failings within the food safety system, there are substantial gaps in data about potential health effects of food additives," they add in an accompanying technical report. Click here to read article

By | August 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Food Additives Causing Harm, Reforms Urgently Needed, AAP Says

Sepsis Survival Higher in Kids With Quick Bundle Completion

Completing a pediatric sepsis care bundle within 1 hour decreased the risk for death by 40% and improved other outcomes as well, a study has found. Click here to read Article

By | August 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Sepsis Survival Higher in Kids With Quick Bundle Completion

Study: 33% of children, teens with type 1 diabetes are overweight

One in 3 children and teens with type 1 diabetes is overweight or obese, according to an international study of 23,026 individuals published in Pediatric Diabetes. Researchers found only 1 in 100 to be underweight, suggesting the need for more strategies to treat overweight and obesity in youths with diabetes. Click here to ready Study

By | August 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Study: 33% of children, teens with type 1 diabetes are overweight

How to Make Overnight Hospital Stays Less of a ‘Wake-Up Call’

Almost two thirds (64.6%) of 1276 patients reported at least one hospital-related factor that disturbed sleep. The most common disruptive factor was sounds from other patients, which interfered with falling asleep for 473 patients (23.6%). Click here for full article

By | August 12th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Make Overnight Hospital Stays Less of a ‘Wake-Up Call’

Just 49% of hospitals follow CMS’ sepsis treatment protocols

More than half of hospitals on average fail to comply with the CMS' sepsis treatment requirements, new data from the agency reveals. Click here to read article.

By | August 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Just 49% of hospitals follow CMS’ sepsis treatment protocols