Combating the CTE Crisis – Scientific Advancements

As professional and collegiate football programs begin to prepare for bowl games and the playoffs, many of us will watch at least one football game during this holiday season. The high level of physicality inherent in football is easily apparent to viewers while watching this sport. However, most spectators do not realize the repetitive brain [...]

By | December 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Longer Work Hours May be linked to Higher Incidence of Chronic Disease in Women

In 2016 Ohio State University conducted a study to determine if there was a relationship between serious diseases and hours worked over a 32-year timeframe.  Self-reported data was collected from 12,000 American participants aged 40-50 years through interviews, which provided the researchers with self-reported information regarding health status, chronic conditions, and the average hours worked [...]

By | December 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Professional and Personal Identity in the Medical Profession

Professional self-identity can be defined as the degree to which an individual identifies with his or her professional group.1A current medical student, King Pascual, recently published an article in which he warns of an existential trap that members of the medical community are at risk of falling into: letting the medical profession and their title [...]

By | November 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Impact of Smartphone Use in Healthcare Settings

  The total share of Americans who own a smartphone is now 77%, up almost 42% since the year 2011.1Smartphones have infiltrated our lives not only at home, but also at work. Smartphones in all work settings can present both opportunities and challenges. However, in the healthcare setting smartphones can become particularly dangerous due to [...]

By | November 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Minorities: Double Whammy for Life-Threatening Birth Complications

Racial and ethnic minority women have a significantly higher risk of severe maternal morbidity compared with non-Hispanic white women, and the difference is especially pronounced among women with multiple chronic comorbidities, a new analysis shows. Click here for full article

By | November 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Exploring the Distinctions Between Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

The mounting concern of physician shortages in the United States is placing new and increased demands on the healthcare system. In an effort to combat this issue, states have lessened the requirements for physician oversight in regard to nurse practitioners and physician assistants.1,2These health professionals have thus taken on more responsibility serving the primary and [...]

By | November 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

C-Sections Double Since 2000: Rich Too Many, Poor Too Few

Cesarean section (C-section) births almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 globally, with those in many middle- and high-income settings having the procedure too often, while women in low-income countries often don't have access to this method of birth even when it's needed. Click here for full article

By | November 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Top Health Technology Hazards for 2019

The Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) institute publishes an annual list of the top technology health hazards that they believe warrant the greatest attention by hospitals for the coming year. These potential safety issues involve the use of both medical devices and complex online information systems.1 By informing hospitals of these potential safety issues the [...]

By | October 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preventing High-Alert Medication Errors in Hospital Patients (Part 2)

In the previous blog post an overview of high-alert medications was provided. The term “high-alert medications” was defined, four classes of drugs commonly included in high-alert medication lists were identified, and general prevention strategies were outlined. Knowledge and awareness regarding the consequences of high-alert medication errors is valuable. However, it may be even more important [...]

By | October 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preventing High-Alert Medication Errors in Hospital Patients

When a person is admitted to the hospital due to a disease, illness, or injury there is a reasonable expectation that if medication is needed it will be appropriate for the individual’s specific condition and prescribed at a safe dosage. However, mistakes involving medications are among one of the most common healthcare errors resulting in [...]

By | October 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments