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Article ID: 708414

Artificial Intelligence can Identify Trauma Patients Who Misuse Alcohol

Loyola University Health System

An artificial intelligence technique that combs electronic medical records can identify trauma patients who misuse alcohol, a study has found. In 78 percent of cases, the technique was able to differentiate between patients who misused alcohol and those who did not.

Released:
20-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708254

Temperatures Rising: Patients Taking Diuretics May See More Benefit by Upping Potassium Intake During Warmer Weather

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Patients taking diuretics are often at risk for low potassium levels, which can put patients at an increased risk of death from cardiac arrhythmias or other causes. But researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that taking prescription potassium supplements can reduce these patients’ risk by nearly 10 percent as daily outdoor temperatures increase—a time when patients may be at highest risk due to loss of potassium while sweating. These findings are detailed in a study published today in BMJ Open.

Released:
18-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST
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    18-Feb-2019 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 708157

Helping Patients Breathe During Dangerous Procedure Prevents Life-Threatening Complications

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Thousands of Americans die each year during a dangerous two-minute procedure to insert a breathing tube. Now a Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is showing that using bag-mask ventilation, squeezing air from a bag into the mouth for 60 seconds to help patients’ breathing, improves outcomes and could potentially save lives.

Released:
15-Feb-2019 10:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 708098

Decolonization Protocol Can Prevent Dangerous MRSA Infections Among Discharged Hospital Patients

Rush University Medical Center

Hospital patients who have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can prevent future MRSA infections by following a standard bathing protocol after discharge, according to research results published in the February 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Released:
14-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 708030

Customized drug interaction alerts address alert fatigue, protect patients

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital researchers used a comprehensive method to reduce drug interaction alerts, improving electronic health record systems to lower alert fatigue and increase patient safety.

Released:
13-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 707976

New Mexico Proposed Legislation Jeopardizes Safety of Patients Bill Would Replace Physicians with Nurses for Anesthesia Care

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the New Mexico Society of Anesthesiologists (NMSA) strongly oppose SB 222, which will remove physician involvement from anesthesia care in New Mexico and authorize nurse anesthetists to replace physician anesthesiologists.

Released:
12-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
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    11-Feb-2019 3:00 PM EST

Article ID: 707682

Sophisticated Blood Analysis Provides New Clues About Ebola, Treatment Avenues

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A detailed analysis of blood samples from Ebola patients is providing clues about the progression of the effects of the virus in patients and potential treatment pathways. The findings point to a critical role for a molecular pathway that relies on the common nutrient choline, as well as the importance of cellular bodies known as microvesicles.

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6-Feb-2019 5:15 PM EST
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Article ID: 707633

FSMB: Maryland Bill Limits Patient Rights

Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

The Federation of State Medical Boards strongly opposes Maryland Senate Bill 372 which poses a risk to patients. SB 372 would require the Maryland State Board of Physicians to expunge records of physicians with a public reprimand or probation three years after the final disposition of the case.

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6-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
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    5-Feb-2019 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 707233

Practices Related to Fluid Volume That Are Important for Dialysis Patients’ Health

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• Certain practices in dialysis facilities related to managing fluid volume and low blood pressure during dialysis are important to patients’ health and survival.

Released:
30-Jan-2019 8:00 AM EST

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