August 10, 2022
How much work is too much?
Researchers are working to identify the effects of heavy workload on hospitalists and their care.
Monkeypox update, new breast cancer type and treatment
In addition to providing an update on efforts to combat monkeypox, the FDA recently approved an infusion drug for HER2-low breast cancer and generic versions of atropine, electrolytes, and other drugs.
Latest COVID-19 research looks at lung ultrasound, CVST and VTE risk, visitation policies
Recent studies offered a new method for using lung ultrasound to assess COVID-19 patients, assessed risk of central venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), and looked at a lab test to help predict venous thromboembolism (VTE) and at the effects of restricting visitors.
Readmission penalties didn't improve COPD exacerbation care
The percentage of patients hospitalized with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who received recommended care increased at a rate of 0.16% per month before implementation of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program compared to 0.01% per month in the four years after.
Meth use associated with higher risk of heart failure, myocardial infarction, stroke
An analysis of hospitalized patients found that those who used methamphetamine had a 32% increase in cardiovascular disease risk compared to nonusers who also had been hospitalized. Risk increases associated with misuse of alcohol and cocaine were 28% and 47%, respectively.
NJ licensure during COVID-19 offers example of how to meet workforce demand
Temporary licensure of out-of-state practitioners, along with telehealth waivers, may be a valuable, short-term solution to mitigating health care workforce shortages during public health emergencies, researchers said.