CDC: "These reports represent a reporting rate of seven [blood clot reactions] per 1 million vaccinations among women 18 through 49 years old, and a rate of 0.9 per 1 million vaccinations among women 50 years and older. For all women, this is a rare adverse event."
FDA: "Increase inventory of available NIOSH-approved respirators, including N95s and other face-fitting respirators, elastomeric respirators, including new elastomeric respirators without an exhalation valve that can be used in the operating room, and powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs)."
Six cases of rare but severe blood clots include one death and three other hospitalizations. Providers should be wary of administering standard therapy like heparin to symptomatic patients recently vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine.
These academic institutions collaborate with each other and the CDC to perform cutting-edge infection prevention research, so they may have better compliance with PPE and other measures than, for example, small community and rural hospitals.
Usually, a head CT is not necessary for diagnostic purposes in children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), according to new guidelines from the CDC. Instead, these recommendations suggest clinicians use validated clinical decision rules to identify children with mTBI at low risk for intracranial injury, as well as those at higher risk for the condition who require a head CT.
When a young woman with few conventional atherosclerotic risk factors presents to the ED with possible cardiac symptoms, clinicians are urged to consider spontaneous coronary artery dissection, according to a recent American Heart Association scientific statement.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently proposed a change to the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The goal is to move accountable care organizations toward a system in which they share in savings they generate but also are responsible for repaying shared losses.
Medical device manufacturer AngioDynamics Inc. will pay the federal government $12.5 million to resolve allegations that it used misleading statements to promote two of its products, causing healthcare providers to submit false claims to federal healthcare programs.
The Detroit-based William Beaumont Hospital system has agreed to pay the federal government $84.5 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it fostered improper relationships with eight referring physicians, violating the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law.
Prime Healthcare Services Inc. (along with Prime Healthcare Management Inc. and Prime Healthcare Foundation Inc.) will pay the federal government $65 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that 14 of its California hospitals admitted patients who could have been treated as outpatients.