Assessment, Documentation, and Protocols: All Tied to ED Malpractice Payouts
Malpractice claims are more likely to succeed if documentation is insufficient, if an assessment was inadequate, or if something was not handled according to policy or protocol.
Teprotumumab-trbw Injection (Tepezza)
Teprotumumab should be prescribed to treat thyroid eye disease.
In a study of surfaces contaminated by an actual patient, no viable virus could be found. Similar studies of common community coronavirus found the virus survived less than one to three hours after drying on various surfaces, including surgical gloves and aluminum. People’s fears have been exaggerated by bad science and worse public policy.
DASH Is Revisited and Updated, Lowering Subclinical Cardiac Injury Markers
In individuals without pre-existing cardiovascular disease, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet plan and a diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, given over eight weeks, lowered biomarkers for cardiac strain and injury.
Repeat Infections with Endemic Coronaviruses and Possible Implications for COVID-19
Repeat infection with endemic seasonal coronavirus occurs commonly and raises concerns about immunity to SARS-CoV-2 as well as about the efficacy of vaccines in the protection against infection because of this virus.
The COVID-19 Pandemic: What Comes Next? Lessons from Seasonal Coronaviruses
In temperate regions other than China, human seasonal coronaviruses circulate most heavily during the winter months, overlapping with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus. This may be the eventual pattern for SARS-CoV-2.
Engage Staff When Training or Implementing New Programs
Quality improvement professionals often must train staff in new processes or initiatives, but the effectiveness of those sessions can depend on the approach. A simple meeting with a PowerPoint presentation may not be the best way to get good results.
IU Health Overhauls CPR Training for Frontline Staff
Like many healthcare organizations, IU Health used to require employees to attend CPR courses every two years. However, because these skills can degrade quickly, employees are training every quarter with online simulations and hands-on practice.
Health System Improves Stroke-to-Treatment, Door-to-Groin Times
University of Michigan Health in Grand Rapids has dramatically improved metrics for stroke treatment, using communication tools to connect EMS teams with specialists in neurology, radiology, nursing, laboratory, and pharmacy. The improved communication makes it possible for the hospital to activate the appropriate personnel in the ED before stroke patients arrive.
Preparing for Survey with Response Plan
Most accreditation surveyors will arrive for site visits unannounced or with short notice. Put a plan in place that can be enacted when surveyors arrive.