Monthly Archives: July 2017

When it comes to healthcare, U.S. once again ranks last in quality care compared to other wealthy nations

by Ilene MacDonald |FierceHealth  Jul 14, 2017 2:03pm The United States spends more on healthcare than other wealthy nations, yet ranks dead last on equity, access, efficiency, care delivery and healthcare costs. Despite progress made in providing coverage to previously uninsured Americans via the Affordable Care Act, the latest report from The Commonwealth Fund finds… Read more »

Zero Hospital-Acquired Infections? Believe It.

Philip Betbeze, July 13, 2017 Philip Betbeze is the senior leadership editor at HealthLeaders Media. Convincing clinicians that getting to zero infections is possible, says one CQO. It requires a culture change, adherence to evidence-based practice, and leadership. Danielle Scheurer, MD, believes that the plague of hospital-acquired infections and other patient harm is within clinicians’… Read more »

Double-Booked: When Surgeons Operate On Two Patients At Once

By Sandra G. Boodman  / Kaiser Health News, July 12, 2017 The controversial practice has been standard in many teaching hospitals for decades, its safety and ethics largely unquestioned and its existence unknown to those most affected: people undergoing surgery. But over the past two years, the issue of overlapping surgery — in which a doctor… Read more »

Bone Drug Lowers Risk for Hip Breaks in Seniors on Steroids

No cases of incident drug-induced osteonecrosis by Kristen Monaco, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today July 11, 2017 Action Points • Following moderate to high oral prednisolone use among older patients, alendronate (Fosamax) may be protective against fracture risk. • Note that there were no reported cases of drug-induced osteonecrosis during the study, and alendronate usage was not linked… Read more »

Heartburn Drugs May Increase Risk of Early Death

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR  JULY 5, 2017  NYTIMES-Well Section Proton pump inhibitors, or P.P.I.s, the widely used heartburn medicines, may increase the risk of early death, a new study reports. P.P.I.s, sold over the counter under such brand names as Nexium and Prevacid, have been associated with serious adverse side effects, including kidney disease, bone fractures… Read more »

Thousands of unresponsive patients might actually be conscious

By Susannah Cahalan July 1, 2017 | 1:23pm   NYPost They called him a dead man. Last month New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued a death certificate for 68-year-old Yechezkel Nakar after he suffered a stroke that rendered him unconscious and unresponsive. Trouble is Nakar wasn’t dead. His heart was still beating, and he remained on life support… Read more »

Multiple Recurring C. Diff. on the Rise

John Commins, is a senior editor at HealthLeaders  Media. July 5, 2017 Researchers say the findings point to an increased burden on the healthcare system, including more demand for new treatments for recurrent CDI. The most promising of these new treatments is fecal microbiota transplantation. Multiple recurring Clostridium difficile infections are becoming more common in… Read more »

Shingles Seen as Possible Trigger for Cardiovascular Events

Younger age associated with increased risk; but biological mechanism unclear by Alexandria Bachert MPH, Staff Writer, MedPage Today July 03, 2017 Shingles attacks may increase a person’s risk of stroke and myocardial infarction, according to a large population-based cohort in South Korea. In propensity score-matched analysis, herpes zoster reactivation — also known as shingles —… Read more »

Visit from a nurse practitioner can ease transition from hospitalization to primary care

by Paige Minemyer |FierceHealth  Jun 30, 2017 10:30am A meeting with a nurse practitioner prior to discharge could improve communication between hospital staff and primary care providers, easing the transition after hospitalization and improving patient outcomes. Katie Wingate, a nurse practitioner at Kernersville Primary Care in North Carolina with a focus in elderly patients, piloted… Read more »