The Joint Commission offers New Facility Heart Attack Treatment Certification

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With a goal of minimizing delays in patient care for cardiovascular issues, The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association announced a new facility certification program in April of this year. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease (CVD) was identified as the leading cause of death of 873,613 people in the US … Continued

The Downward Trajectory of a Skilled Neurologist Convicted of Sexual Assault

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Physician sexual abuse showed up again in headlines recently, the most visible evidence of an ongoing current of tragedy in the US healthcare system. Ricardo Cruciani was by all accounts a skillful pain physician—a doctor who specialized in alleviating the pain of patients through careful prescription of appropriate medication.  Patients of Dr. Cruciani were vulnerable … Continued

Study associates ADHD scores with Premature Birth

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Research from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School suggests premature birth can be a factor in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered premature, with specific stages that define the severity of prematurity by gestational age.  The less time in utero and the earlier the birth, the higher the … Continued

Government Announces Initiative to counter Maternal Mortality

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Giving birth in the US is dangerous for too many women. To counter the long-term rise in maternal morbidity, the Biden administration recently announced a “Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crises.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the latest figures on maternal mortality show 861 women died from maternal causes in … Continued

Discharged and Dangerous: Medication Errors in Patient Homes

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Most patients are happy to be home after a hospital stay of any duration. Because patients often arrive home with new prescription medications, including IV drugs, lack of coordination between providers, home care nurses, and patients can lead to danger after discharge. Medication errors are one of the most common causes of adverse events in … Continued

ECRI’s 2022 Top Ten Patient Safety Concerns

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The Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) recently published its 2022 report highlighting its top concerns for patient and provider safety. ECRI partners with the Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP) to review data and identify top safety concerns.  Each organization analyzes research and a wide domain of event reports as well as root cause analyses.  … Continued

Research Suggests Counseling Diet Change Could Lower Risk of Preeclampsia

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A large, diverse study suggests the Mediterranean diet could reduce risk of the preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a high blood pressure disorder that often occurs midway through pregnancy.  Dangerous for mom and baby, the impacts of preeclampsia can extend beyond delivery.  Women with higher blood pressure going into pregnancy are monitored throughout, but preeclampsia can develop … Continued

Education could Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy in Pregnancy

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For pregnant women, vaccinations are important. Offering education to assist with vaccine decision -making during pregnancy can help women preserve their health and the health of their babies. In 2020, the novel coronavirus took advantage of the naïve human immune system and wreaked death and disability around the globe. In 2022, for those who are … Continued

The Danger of Dilaudid in Healthcare

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Hydromorphone (brand name Dilaudid) is a powerful analgesic that can cause death if not carefully monitored. At 28 years old, Anders Pederson had been close to his older sister, Kelly, their entire lives.  After a childhood E.coli infection damaged her kidneys, Kelly needed a kidney donation and her brother stepped up.  Following a rigorous work-up … Continued

Opioid Fallout—Overdose deaths in 2021 Reached Historic High

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The number of people dying each year from drug overdose continues to rise. In May, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released provisional data on the overdose death rate for 2021.  While statistics give us a needed view of what is happening in this country around opioid and other medication deaths, they do not … Continued