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Newswise: Standardized Curriculum Introduces ICU Nurses to ECMO
28-Jun-2020 7:55 PM EDT
Standardized Curriculum Introduces ICU Nurses to ECMO
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center designed and rapidly deployed a curriculum specifically to equip nurses new to ECMO with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to provide proficient and safe care for patients receiving ECMO. The pre-COVID ECMO training proved to be an effective, resource-efficient and pragmatic solution that can be used across different types of ICUs and across institutions.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 11:50 AM EDT
For Cardiac Rehab Patients, In-Home Portable Air Cleaners Lower Fine-Particle Pollutant Exposure
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Using an in-home portable air cleaner (PAC) can significantly reduce exposure to fine-particle air pollutants – a major risk factor for cardiovascular events in people with pre-existing heart disease, reports a pilot study in the July issue of Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 22-Jun-2020 10:50 AM EDT
New System of Infrared Sensors Maintains Privacy While Keeping Patients Safe
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Short of cameras, there are few tools at the disposal of health care providers or loved ones to remotely monitor patient safety within hospitals and assisted living care facilities. A new system of infrared sensors, developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is able to provide real-time data while also maintaining privacy.

Released: 17-Jun-2020 9:05 AM EDT
The Do's and Don'ts of Face Masks
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Face masks are an important part of staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But not all masks are created equal. And if you don’t wear and handle your mask properly, it won’t protect you or others around you. So which masks work—and which don’t? And how do you safely wear one? Marisa Glucoft, MPH, CIC, Director of Accreditation and Licensing, Infection Prevention and Emergency Management at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, shares what you need to know.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 4:25 PM EDT
AACC Releases Guidance Document on Using Point-of-Care Tests to Improve Patient Care
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC has issued a new guidance document detailing best practices that hospitals and other healthcare institutions should follow when running a point-of-care testing program. As point-of-care tests emerge for more and more conditions—including COVID-19—the guidance emphasizes that it is essential for laboratory professionals and clinicians to collaborate on point-of-care testing programs to ensure this testing benefits patients.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: What to expect when seeking medical care now
Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:30 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: What to expect when seeking medical care now
Penn State Health

As outpatient centers, clinics and practices gradually resume seeing patients, they look a bit different in response to COVID-19. In addition to keeping patients and staff safe, these changes are also helping make health care more convenient and accessible.

27-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Electronic Health Records Fail to Detect Up to 33% of Medication Errors
University of Utah Health

Despite improvements in their performance over the past decade, electronic health records (EHRs) commonly used in hospitals nationwide fail to detect up to one in three potentially harmful drug interactions and other medication errors, according to scientists at University of Utah Health, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Newswise:Video Embedded during-covid-19-telehealth-reconnects-patients-with-health-care-providers
Released: 21-May-2020 11:55 AM EDT
During COVID-19, Telehealth Reconnects Patients with Health Care Providers
University of California San Diego Health

During COVID-19, UC San Diego Health expanded telehealth to provide patients with safe and convenient access to appointments with their health care providers. Video visits expanded by more than 50-fold.

Released: 20-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
ASTRO survey: Fewer patient visits despite enhanced COVID-19 safety measures for radiation oncology clinics
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Despite facing challenges such as limited access to PPE during the COVID-19 outbreak, radiation oncology clinics quickly implemented safety enhancements that allowed them to continue caring for cancer patients, according to a new national survey from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). All 222 physician leaders in the survey collected April 16-30 said their practices continued to provide radiation therapy, yet 85% also reported declines in patient visits, and by an average of one-third.

Newswise: Two New Devices Protect Health Care Workers, Help Patients During COVID-19
Released: 14-May-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Two New Devices Protect Health Care Workers, Help Patients During COVID-19
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Clinicians and researchers from the University of Michigan have published two proof-of-concept papers on new negative pressure environment devices that protect health care workers while treating patients with COVID-19.

Newswise: Rush University Medical Center Reopens Elective Surgery and Outpatient Services
Released: 13-May-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Rush University Medical Center Reopens Elective Surgery and Outpatient Services
Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center, one of the nation's most highly rated hospitals for quality and safety, has taken a series of innovative measures that strategically balance patient needs with science and safety as it resumes normal operations.

Released: 12-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Health Systems Unite to Encourage Patients to Put Health First, Access Care When Needed

LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Six of Los Angeles County’s largest nonprofit health systems with hospitals, clinics and care facilities across the region have come together united in a mission to encourage community members to put health first and access care when needed.

Released: 5-May-2020 11:20 AM EDT
COVID-19: Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Play Integral Role in Treating Patients
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Health care teams are working to comfort and treat patients with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 including helping them breathe and providing nutritional support. Registered dietitian nutritionists are an integral part of the health care team managing the nutrition and hydration needs of patients.

Released: 4-May-2020 12:55 PM EDT
AMP Expresses Support for Citizen Petition from the Coalition to Preserve Access to Pharmacogenomics Information
Association for Molecular Pathology

AMP has submitted a formal response in support of the Citizen Petition from Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. on behalf of the Coalition to Preserve Access to Pharmacogenomics (PGx) Information. The response builds on AMP’s PGx Best Practices Statement and includes a series of recommendations that will rectify recent FDA actions, which have suppressed important patient safety information.

Released: 1-May-2020 5:20 PM EDT
Implementation of an Evidence-Based, Nurse-Driven Sepsis Protocol to Reduce Acute Care Transfer Readmissions in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Setting
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

The aim of this study was to determine if implementing an evidence-based, nurse-driven sepsis protocol would reduce acute care transfer (ACT) readmissions from an inpatient rehabilitation facility compared to nonprotocolized or usual standard of care for adult sepsis patients undergoing physical rehabilitation.

Released: 1-May-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Mayo hospitals again receive 'A' grades for patient safety
Mayo Clinic

Seven Mayo Clinic hospitals scored high marks for safety — earning an "A" for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Newswise: UC San Diego Health Nationally Recognized with ‘A’ Grades for Safety
Released: 30-Apr-2020 1:05 PM EDT
UC San Diego Health Nationally Recognized with ‘A’ Grades for Safety
University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health has been awarded double ‘A’ grades for the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT
When Is It Okay to Go to Urgent Care?
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Barbara A. Masser, MD, Medical Director at BIDMC urgent care centers in Chelsea and Chestnut Hill, offers advice to help you make the right decision when your care can't wait.

Newswise:Video Embedded investigators-experiment-with-differing-amounts-of-anesthetic-to-provide-pain-control-during-shoulder-surgery-but-reduce-chances-for-respiratory-complications
20-Apr-2020 5:05 AM EDT
Investigators Experiment with Differing Amounts of Anesthetic to Provide Pain Control during Shoulder Surgery and Reduce Chances for Respiratory Complications
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Hemidiaphragmatic paresis, or HDP, is a condition in which one side of the diaphragm is weakened, resulting in shortness of breath and reduced respiratory function. It can occur when a patient is given regional anesthesia for shoulder surgery, using the supraclavicular nerve block. Researchers are trying to determine the right amount of anesthesia to use in the supraclavicular block so that the block still works but the chances of developing HDP are low.

Newswise:Video Embedded researchers-looking-for-the-best-way-to-keep-patients-safe-during-anesthesia-for-shoulder-surgery
20-Apr-2020 5:05 AM EDT
Researchers Looking for the Best Way to Keep Patients Safe During Anesthesia for Shoulder Surgery
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Interscalene blocks are a type of regional anesthesia used to relieve pain during and after shoulder surgery. This procedure can lead to numbing of the phrenic nerve as well, however, which can lead to pulmonary complications. Researchers at Stanford University are experimenting with different amounts of saline that can help reverse the phrenic nerve blockade while still maintaining analgesic effect.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Sheltering in Place?
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

With shelter in place restrictions across the nation, social distancing may be the best option to protect your health. But not acknowledging the dangers in your home can bring risk for a fall injury. The AAOS reminds people to be mindful of their surroundings in their homes in effort to maintain optimal bone and joint health.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
JNCCN: Improving COVID-19 Safety for Cancer Patients and Healthcare Providers
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

NCCN Best Practices Committee publishes peer-reviewed feature in JNCCN presenting latest insights on how to keep oncology patients and healthcare workers safe during COVID-19 pandemic. Visit NCCN.org/covid-19 for continually-updated resources for patients, providers, and care systems.

Released: 2-Apr-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Six ways home-based cardiac rehab keeps patients safe, healthy during COVID-19
Mayo Clinic

COVID-19 presents evolving challenges to health care, in part because it is a new viral disease. People do not have natural immunity and a vaccine hasn't yet been developed.Patients with heart disease are at increased risk of cardiac-related complications and death, and are more likely to develop severe complications from COVID-19.

Newswise: Device That Tracks Location of Nurses Repurposed to Record Patient Mobility
Released: 2-Apr-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Device That Tracks Location of Nurses Repurposed to Record Patient Mobility
Johns Hopkins Medicine

By repurposing badges originally designed to locate nurses and other hospital staff, Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists say they can precisely monitor how patients in the hospital are walking outside of their rooms, a well-known indicator and contributor to recovery after surgery.

Released: 27-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EDT
ASA Urges Administration to Take Steps to Ensure Continued Patient Care, Provider Safety During COVID-19
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

As the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) continues to collaborate with the Administration, Congress and other officials on ways physician anesthesiologists can help treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASA President Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, sent a communication to the White House commending the Administration for its work to date and formalizing key ASA recommendations to address top health concerns. In the communication, Dr. Peterson urges the Administration to continue to prioritize actions to expand access to personal protective equipment (PPE), to provide robust economic relief to physician anesthesiologists’ practices and to increase access to ventilators which include anesthesia gas machine ventilators, while considering expanding access to critical care providers.

Newswise:Video Embedded covid-19-exploring-the-unanswered-questions-with-newswise-live-expert-panel
Released: 19-Mar-2020 10:55 AM EDT
VIDEOS AND TRANSCRIPTS AVAILABLE: COVID-19 Causes, Consequences, and Solutions: Exploring the Unanswered Questions with Newswise Live Expert Panel

Newswise Live Expert Panel discussion of unique angles to the COVID-19 outbreak of interest to the public and the media, including public health, testing, business and financial markets, 2020 elections, and more.

Newswise: Keck Medicine of USC Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19
Released: 19-Mar-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Keck Medicine of USC Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19
Keck Medicine of USC

In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in California, Keck Medicine of USC is taking several new measures to combat the virus.

Released: 17-Mar-2020 3:10 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists & Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Issue Statement on Non-urgent Surgical, Diagnostic, and Interventional Procedures
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) today announced recommendations for facilities in areas with growing rates of COVID-19 to reduce non-urgent surgical, diagnostic, and interventional procedures.

Newswise: Keck Medicine of USC Takes Precautionary Measures to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
Released: 12-Mar-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Keck Medicine of USC Takes Precautionary Measures to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
Keck Medicine of USC

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the rising number of cases in California, Keck Medicine of USC has taken precautions to protect staff and patients and reduce the spread of the disease.

10-Mar-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Sound Can Directly Affect Balance and Lead to Risk of Falling
Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai research highlights the need for more hearing checks among groups at high risk for falls

Released: 12-Mar-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Let's Dance: FSU researchers investigate how tango may help Parkinson's patients
Florida State University

Parkinson’s disease takes a lot from its victims.Patients often notice its onset as a tremor in one of their hands. As it progresses, it can impair balance, change speech patterns, alter thinking and dramatically affect movement.There is no cure, but there are ways to improve symptoms.

Released: 10-Mar-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Virtual Bariatric Endoscopic Training Tool Being Developed To Improve Patient Safety
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by Suvranu De, the head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, is developing a virtual reality-based training device that can help train medical professionals to perform endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty procedures. The device, known as a ViBE — or Virtual Bariatric Endoscopic — simulator is being supported by a grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

9-Mar-2020 12:05 AM EDT
Patient Safety Awareness Week: CRNAs Set the Standard for Safe and Effective Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8-14, 2020), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) want patients to know that nurse anesthetists are not only patient safety practitioners, they are patient safety experts. CRNAs plan and implement every step of the anesthesia process with patients’ safety and well-being in mind.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 4:50 PM EST
AANA’s COVID-19 Resources: Keeping Providers and Patients Safe During Surgery
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has compiled resources to help Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) develop strategic steps for managing patients with expected or confirmed infection of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Newswise: Electronic Medical Record-Embedded Clinical Decision Support System for Opioid Prescribing Shows Mixed Outcomes
Released: 4-Mar-2020 4:05 AM EST
Electronic Medical Record-Embedded Clinical Decision Support System for Opioid Prescribing Shows Mixed Outcomes
ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Value in Health, the official journal of ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, announced today the publication of new research showing mixed clinical results of an electronic medical record-embedded clinical decision support system for opioid prescribing.

Newswise: New Tool Collects Patient Feedback Faster During Hospital Stays
Released: 25-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
New Tool Collects Patient Feedback Faster During Hospital Stays

Seeking to improve patient's experiences in the hospital, Cedars-Sinai has introduced a new feedback tool that will allow patients to comment on their hospital stays in real time rather than waiting to complete surveys after going home. Under a program that began in January, patients can evaluate their experiences through a platform designed in conjunction with Feedtrail, a healthcare technology company.

Released: 24-Feb-2020 3:05 PM EST
New in the Hastings Center Report: A call to confront mistrust in the US health care system
Hastings Center

"For those who have faced exploitation and discrimination at the hands of physicians, the medical profession, and medical institutions, trust is a tall order and, in many cases, would be naïve," writes Laura Specker Sullivan in "Trust, Risk, and Race in American Medicine."

Released: 19-Feb-2020 10:30 AM EST
Sepsis: Using Big Data to Cut a Killer Down to Size
NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Sepsis causes nearly 270,000 deaths in the United States each year. Find out how big data approaches are helping clinicians catch it sooner, treat it better, and help survivors cope with long-term effects.

Newswise: A New Way to Monitor Cancer Radiation Therapy Doses
12-Feb-2020 1:05 PM EST
A New Way to Monitor Cancer Radiation Therapy Doses
Biophysical Society

More than half of all cancer patients undergo radiation therapy and the dose is critical. Too much and the surrounding tissue gets damaged, too little and the cancer cells survive.

Newswise: Study shows new surgical protective gear does not reduce surgical site infections
Released: 14-Feb-2020 3:20 PM EST
Study shows new surgical protective gear does not reduce surgical site infections
University of Alabama at Birmingham

A study from UAB published in JAMA Surgery on Feb. 12 indicates that use of surgical jackets and head covers known as bouffants in operating rooms does not reduce the incidence of surgical site infections.

Newswise: ATS Foundation Research Program Announces Unrestricted Grant Recipients for the 2019 Cycle
Released: 13-Feb-2020 12:55 PM EST
ATS Foundation Research Program Announces Unrestricted Grant Recipients for the 2019 Cycle
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

The ATS Foundation Research Program has announced that 17 researchers have been awarded one-year $40,000 Unrestricted Research Grants to advance pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.

Newswise: How to Best Help Patients Breathe After Trauma
Released: 7-Feb-2020 12:15 PM EST
How to Best Help Patients Breathe After Trauma
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Surgery researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are joining the Nashville Fire Department and nearly two dozen emergency medical service agencies across the country in a Department of Defense (DOD)-funded clinical trial aimed at improving survival with breathing techniques used to keep patients alive at the scene of a trauma.

5-Feb-2020 12:45 PM EST
Patients Stick with Smartphone Activity Trackers Longer Than Wearable Devices
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Six months after discharge, smartphone users were 32 percent more likely to continue sending health data to researchers than those using wearables

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