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Comprehensive Study of Allergic Deaths in U.S. Finds Medications Are Main Culprit

Medications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S., according to an analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010, conducted by researchers at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The study, published online today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, also found that the risk of fatal drug-induced allergic reactions was particularly high among older people and African-Americans and that such deaths increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years.

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Benzodiazepine Sedatives Linked to Higher Rates of Mortality Compared to Propofol

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A University of Utah study shows for the first time that continuous infusion benzodiazepines – a class of sedatives that includes lorazepam and midazolam, once considered the standard of care in the ICU – are linked to an increased likelihood of death among patients who receive mechanical ventilation, when compared to the sedative propofol.

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New Study Reconfirms: Calling 9-1-1 Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

It's a simple message: Call 9-1-1 at the first warning signs of a heart attack. Unfortunately, many still choose to either drive to the hospital, or wait to see if the symptoms disappear. New research from the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute reconfirms relying on emergency medical services helps heart attack patients avoid delays and expedite treatment.

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HOPA Introduces First Investigational Drug Service Best Practice Standards for Institutions and Infusion Clinics

Pharmacists have an important role in ensuring that clinical trials are conducted according to good clinical trials practices. The Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association has released the HOPA Investigational Drug Service Best Practice Standards, the first of its kind.

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Replacing the Wheelchair

The Movi chair is a replacement of the old-fashioned wheelchair. It is designed for use in a hospital or skilled-nursing facility, or even in the home as a mobility aid. Designed with the safety and comfort of patients and care givers in mind.

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In Mice, Vaccine Stops Urinary Tract Infections Linked to Catheters

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The most common type of hospital-associated infection may be preventable with a vaccine, new research in mice suggests. The experimental vaccine prevented urinary tract infections associated with catheters.

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New ICD-10 Coding System May Cloud Hospital Safety

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Changes in how medical diagnoses are coded under the latest international disease classification system – better known as the ICD-10 codes – may complicate the assessment of hospital safety, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Study: Role of Emergency Contact Is Mistaken for Advance Directive

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More than 95 percent of patients treated in an Emergency Department mistake their emergency contact as the designated medical decision maker for end-of-life care, according to a new study by Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

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Johns Hopkins Remodels Patient Safety

In a new effort to eliminate harm and reinforce a culture of caring in healthcare, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing faculty members Ellen Ray, DNP, MS, RN, CNM, Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, and Brigit Van Graafeiland, DNP, CNRP, have been chosen to serve in the third cohort of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy.

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