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Block of morning-after pill sparks debate
The Associated Press via Newsday    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's the morning after and the controversy over how to sell emergency contraception still looms. The Obama administration's top health official stopped plans to let the Plan B morning-after pill move onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms. Overruling scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided young girls shouldn't be able to buy the pill on their own. More

Are you a reasonable physician?
Emergency Physicians Monthly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a simple question. Given a specific set of facts concerning the presentation of a patient in the emergency department, what would the reasonably prudent physician do? Or stated more specifically, was an emergency physician's actions in response to a given set of facts reasonable? This is the "standard of care" against which the physician's actions will be judged in a case of alleged negligence. More

High blood pressure may point to hidden problems for children in ER
Florida Jewish Journal via South Florida Sun-Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than half of children admitted to an urban Florida pediatric emergency department had elevated blood pressure, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care. Elevated blood pressure is often a sign of kidney or other health problems in children. Evaluating the readings thoughtfully and ordering further tests could be a key to diagnosing a serious problem, an author of the study said. More

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Record-high drug shortages threaten patient health and safety
Cardiology Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drug shortages in the United States, which reached record highs in 2010, continue to vex physicians, patients and manufacturers. Although affecting all medical specialties, the effects of drug shortages have been felt most acutely in oncology, emergency medicine, anesthesia and cardiology, significantly affecting patient care. The number of drug shortages annually has tripled from 61 in 2005 to 178 in 2010, according to an October Food and Drug Administration report. More

Researcher takes on 'empathy fatigue' in workplace
Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A nurse refuses to help an ailing alcoholic who is upset to find a hospital detox unit closed. A charge nurse keeps the mother of a gunshot victim from seeing her son, saying the emergency room is "too busy." These harsh, real-life scenarios helped inspire a doctoral student in social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, to study empathy burnout in the workplace. More

Without primary care, less awareness of chronic illness
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In a new U.S. study, people who said emergency rooms were their usual site of medical care were less likely to know they had chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, than those who got primary care at doctors' offices or clinics. People who don't see a primary care doctor, whether because they lack insurance, time or transportation, wait longer to seek treatment for their symptoms and don't get checked out as often, researchers said. More

Solving treatment dilemmas with tablet apps
Duke University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When a patient comes into the emergency room with a lung problem, doctors usually put them on a ventilator. Doctors have difficulty predicting whether this will help, due to a lack of data on risk factors. Raquel Bartz, an emergency room doctor at Duke Hospital envisioned an iPad application where doctors and relatives could input the necessary medical information, and the application would spit out the treatment protocol. More

Study: Protect against MRSA with medicated soap
Health News Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Community-acquired methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus is on the rise in healthy, athletic populations. However, greater use of soaps medicated with chlorhexidine gluconate might help stem the spread of this dangerous bacterium, according to a new study. Published in the Journal of Athletic Training, the study showed that using a soap product containing 4 percent CHG was far more effective at killing the MRSA bacterium than was using a non-medicated soap. More

Headaches common in kids months after brain injury
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Kids who have a concussion or other traumatic brain injury are more likely to develop headaches for up to a year afterward than children who have had a bodily injury, according to a new study. While not entirely surprising, the results point to a difficult long-term problem for kids and their parents because adequate treatments are lacking, researchers say. More

Life support for ailing hospitals?
Kaiser Health News and NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In ongoing deficit reduction talks, critical access hospitals have been singled out at least twice as a program ripe for cutting: in President Barack Obama's budget proposal and by the Congressional Budget Office. The critical access program was created by Congress in 1997, after a wave of rural hospitals closures. Hospitals with 25 or fewer beds that are at least 35 miles away from another facility, or 15 miles across secondary roads to account for difficult terrain such as mountains, rivers or snow, can qualify. More

Hospital-induced delirium hits hard
Canadian Medical Association Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hospital-acquired delirium is a common and dangerous condition that often goes unnoticed and untreated, an oversight that experts in geriatric medicine say is costing the health care system untold millions of dollars. "Many patients, when they come to a hospital, they enter through the emergency department. The emergency room is a very busy place with a high turnover," says Dr. Roger Wong, president of the Canadian Geriatrics. "It's not an ideal place for recognizing, let alone treating, delirium." More

How medicine approaches EMS credentialing
EMS1    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, a group of clinician-educators were discussing the nuances of a new standard, grousing about new experience requirements, pointing out absurd details and gossiping about programs that may close. These were emergency medicine physicians updating an EMS fellowship program and preparing for the first subspecialty board examination. More

CDC data on EHR adoption overlooks inconvenient facts
Fierce Health IT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Department of Health and Human Services recently boasted that the percentage of doctors who had basic electronic health records doubled between 2008 and 2011. That's certainly a good sign. But it's way too early to break out the champagne. To start with, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the physician EHR survey, dropped the category of "fully functional" EHRs that it had used in previous years. More

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