C diff Spores on Bedsheets Survive Hospital Laundering

Conventional laundering methods for hospital bedsheets left 60% of Clostridium difficile spores behind, increasing the risk of contaminating other bed linens and patients, new data show. Click here for full article

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MRSA Contamination of Hospital Privacy Curtains Common

Two weeks after being hung, 87.5% of hospital privacy curtains were contaminated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), even though none of the patients in those rooms had the infection, a small study found. Click her for full article

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Fewer Concussions After Football Rule Change

Moving kickoffs up 5 yards led to fewer returns and, thus, fewer high-speed collisions... Read entire article here

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Safety: How Many Pain Pills Do Patients Really Need?

Research has shown that patients will take the number of pills they're prescribed. Read entire article HERE

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HbA1c Variability Is a Strong Predictor of Mortality in T2DM

"HbA1c variability is a strong, independent predictor of all-cause mortality in type 2 diabetes and appears to be even more powerful than average HbA1c in predicting mortality," the authors write. Read full article HERE

By | September 27th, 2018|Comments Off on HbA1c Variability Is a Strong Predictor of Mortality in T2DM

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

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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