Long COVID Hits Healthcare Workers
A Government Accountability Office report estimates long COVID has “potentially affected up to 23 million Americans, pushing an estimated 1 million people out of work.” This population is a moving target — at any given time, some may be clearing it while others are just starting to succumb to its spiderweb of symptoms. Some have experienced long COVID since the beginning of the pandemic, and their return to baseline health is in question.
Meet Lynda Enos: The Occupational Health Master
Lynda Enos is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and an occupational health expert. Hospital Employee Heath spoke with Enos between her many speaking engagements and consulting work.
Wash Your Hands to Prevent Patient Deaths
Healthcare workers generally self-report hand hygiene compliance at much higher levels than the observers watching them. In one Japanese study, healthcare workers reported a handwashing average of 77% before touching a patient. Shockingly, the actual compliance tracked by observers was 12%.
Harsh Criticism for New Report on ED Diagnostic Errors
New research that might have injected renewed vigor into improving diagnostic performance in the ED has instead prompted much uproar. In the emergency medicine community, that discussion has been overshadowed by biting criticism about the data and the methodologies investigators used to reach their conclusions — and what some are calling unfair blame placed at the feet of emergency providers.
Researchers Dig Deeper Into Multimorbidity Surgical Risks
Knowing more about specific conditions that might raise risk could help clinicians better classify which older patients are good candidates for surgery.
Biden Budget Proposal Boosts Disaster Prep, Behavioral Health
The president also offers a way forward on Medicare solvency and suggests more funds for key research.
Healthcare Industry Weighs In on Proposed Noncompete Clauses Ban
The Federal Trade Commission extended public comments on its proposal until April 19.
New Solutions to Help Young Patients Who Present with Behavioral Health Crises
Behavioral health mobile teams, comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, experts in autism and developmental disabilities, nurses, social workers, and case managers, can support medical teams caring for patients in crisis.
Novel Unit Accelerates Psychiatric Care, Keeps Patients Flowing
Some departments have designated space where patients with psychiatric emergencies will be taken as soon as they are medically cleared in the ED. Here, they will be evaluated promptly and treated by psychiatric specialists. This model has prevented boarding, opened more beds, made transfers smoother, and produced better outcomes.
Is an EmPATH-Style Unit Right for Your ED?
When deliberating, remember the busy, noisy environment of the ED often makes symptoms worse for patients who have presented with psychiatric emergencies. Many EmPATH units consist of designated open spaces where patients are free to roam while under observation.