Stroke prevention is complex because of the varied stroke etiologies and the multifactorial approach necessary for optimal stroke prevention and risk factor management. Inevitably, primary care providers will be part of every aspect of stroke care and, with a thorough understanding of key aspects, can greatly assist in the management of these patients.
In an initiative that should complement the efforts of infection preventionists, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched on online interactive training network on infection control aimed at both frontline healthcare workers and other personnel.
In this retrospective cohort study of women in Sweden, receipt of human papillomavirus vaccination prior to age 17 years was associated with an 88% decrease in cervical cancer, and vaccination at ages 17 to 30 years was associated with a 53% decrease in cervical cancer.
The Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders study produced breakthrough findings that suggest fall prevention among older adults is more challenging than the authors of previous research found.
Recent studies challenge assumptions about how case managers and other healthcare professionals can reduce fall risk among older patients with comorbidities and recent hospital stays. The key is to focus on fall risk from just before a person is hospitalized to weeks after hospitalization.
To prevent errors, registrars can use two identifying factors (name and date of birth) and ask the patient to verify the spelling of both their first and last names. Engaging patients by asking for their information instead of just reading it to them is especially important.
After widespread criticism from the medical community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped a controversial recommendation that de-emphasized the importance of testing asymptomatic contacts of COVID-19 cases.
Prevention of respiratory syncytial virus infection is needed but challenging. New studies show some favorable effectiveness on infant outcomes with both vaccination of healthy pregnant women and passive single-dose immunization of prematurely born babies.