Joint Commission Eliminates 200 More Standards Unnecessary to Facility Accreditation

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The Joint Commission, the accrediting agency for most US healthcare facilities, is continuing to consolidate its standards. In late 2022, the Joint Commission announced the elimination of roughly 14 percent of its standards to consolidate and reformulate processes in a way that is more helpful to healthcare providers across the country.  In July of this … Continued

Research Finds Delayed Diagnosis Leads to Worse Outcomes in Pediatric Patients

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A recent study underscores the danger to pediatric patients from a missed diagnosis. Accurate and timely diagnosis is a priority in any area of healthcare.  For the youngest patients, a missed or inaccurate diagnosis can lead to worsening symptoms, needless complications, lengthened treatment or hospitalization—and the possibility of an outcome of disability or death.  While … Continued

Confusing Electronic Health Records Can Pose Patient Risk

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Electronic medical records (EMRs) could be a hazard to your health. In 2009, then-President Bush mandated the use of electronic medical records through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).  The aim was to incentivize the healthcare industry to digitize medical records within a decade.  The goals of adoption of EMRs … Continued

Study Suggests Eight Habits Could Keep the Doctor Away

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Research points to eight relatively simple habits that could add decades to your life depending on when you adopt them. As the saying goes “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  With the expense and error associated with some medical care—incorporating healthy habits may increase your lifespan—and your quality of life. New research gleaned … Continued

Research Suggests TXA is Safe and Effective for Post-Partum Hemorrhage

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Recent research underscores the use of a drug that helps the blood clot in women who suffer post-partum hemorrhage. Tranexamic acid (TXA) is an antifibrinolytic drug, that is, a drug that helps blood clot during episodes of bleeding.  During and after childbirth, episodes of bleeding called post-partum hemorrhage (PPH) can occur which are dangerous—and sometimes … Continued

New Study—Can Magnesium Sulfate Injection Prevent Cerebral Palsy?

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The debate continues about how to reduce the dangers of preterm birth.  A new study suggests an injection of magnesium sulfate to mothers at risk of preterm birth may help reduce risk of cerebral palsy. Does it work? A birth prior to 37 weeks is considered “preterm.” Along with maternal and child morbidity, the US … Continued

Government Agency Tightens Rules Around Drug Prescriptions and Telehealth

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Prescriptions written via telehealth are subject to new restrictions announced by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Driven by the pandemic, telehealth services have become mainstream. Many medical practitioners offer remote medical care, which has proved timely and essential for those in rural health and other settings. The rapid advancement of remote medical care … Continued

Results in for New Tool May Used to Help Identify Undiagnosed COPD

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A new screening tool for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) delivered mixed results in a recent research study. COPD impacts approximately 15 million people in the US each year. Although it is the fourth leading cause of death in the US, many people with the disease go undiagnosed. Because the disease is not on the … Continued

Research Reveals Importance of Physician Monitoring for Effects of COVID Infection

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As the world moves beyond the intense days of the COVID-19 pandemic, research suggests the necessity of long-term medical monitoring for those who suffer infection with COVID-19—whether or not a patient was hospitalized. The term “novel coronavirus” made little sense to many people as panic and protocols swept the world in 2020.  What’s so novel … Continued

Study Underscores Need to Address High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

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High blood pressure during pregnancy is a well-known danger to mom and baby. A new study emphasizes the continuing neurological danger of preeclampsia for mom in later life. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can occur at any time during life or it can be chronic.  Both women and men suffer from hypertension with men slightly … Continued