Nuts and Heart Health
Investigators studied changes in quantity of nut consumption and relative risk of cardiovascular disease, finding significantly lower risk when nut consumption increases by > 0.5 servings daily.
Repeat SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Whole genome sequencing confirmed that repeat infection with SARS-CoV-2 is possible, something that is consequential for vaccine use and public health.
Dexamethasone for COVID-19 Inpatients Requiring Oxygen
Dexamethasone administration is associated with reduced 28-day mortality in oxygen-requiring COVID-19 patients, including those receiving mechanical ventilation.
Vitamin D Deficiency and COVID-19 Infection
Investigators found the relative risk of testing positive for COVID-19 was higher for patients who likely are vitamin D deficient.
Too Many EP Malpractice Claims Could Mean Liability for Hospital
In most states, hospitals already are vicariously liable for the actions of their hospital-based physicians. It is more difficult to defend the care of a clinician who is sued constantly.
Specific Items, if Well-Documented, Prove ED Met EMTALA Obligations
When CMS surveyors come on site to investigate an EMTALA complaint, the outcome often comes down to documentation.
Added Statement to NPDB Report About ED Lawsuit Is Not Always Warranted
A short statement to explain what led to a National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) report might be acceptable. A lengthy diatribe railing against the injustice of the lawsuit is not. Before submitting a response to a NPDB report, seek counsel.
Suspicious Changes to ED Chart Become Central Focus of Malpractice Lawsuit
Once someone concludes an emergency physician changed the medical record after a bad outcome, credibility (and likely the case) is lost. If there really is a valid reason to correct the electronic health record, clinicians should consult their facility’s policies and procedures regarding such corrections.
Missed Appendicitis ED Claims Follow Similar Fact Patterns
The authors of a recent study learned missing appendicitis was more likely to occur among patients with comorbidities, women, and patients who experienced abdominal pain accompanied by constipation.
Jury Might Scrutinize Hospital Response to Safety Concerns
Most jurors believe employees are entitled to due process, whereby the appropriate parties address concerns and performance issues properly.