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Blog Posts in January, 2011

  • Many Dementia Patient Hospitalizations Could be Avoided

    Residents suffering from advanced dementia are among the most vulnerable patients in nursing homes. These elderly patients are often bed-bound, unable to speak more than a few words, and prone to confusion or fear. Although it is less traumatic for dementia patients to remain in the nursing home, a recent New York Times blog points out that they are often subject to aggressive treatments and ...
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  • Long Hours for Nurses May Be Deadly for PLong Hours for Nurses May Be Deadly for Patientsatients

    Patients in hospitals where nurses work long hours are significantly more likely to die of pneumonia and heart attack, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed 633 randomly selected nurses from acute care hospitals in Illinois and North Carolina. They found that most hospitals require 12-hour nursing shifts, a trend that began during nationwide nursing shortages in the 1980s. Long work ...
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  • FDA Warnings Link MULTAQ Heart Drug to Severe Liver Injury

    Federal health officials are warning doctors and patients of liver injuries tied to the heart drug Multaq. The FDA recently received several reports of liver damage from patients taking the drug, including two cases in which patients had to have their livers removed. More than a half-million patients worldwide have been prescribed Multaq since it was cleared for sale in 2009. The drug, by French ...
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  • State Health Program Monitors Physician Sex Misconduct Cases in Secrecy

    The Chicago Tribune recently reported on a controversial program in Illinois that is drawing criticism for privately monitoring health care professionals with sexual misconduct violations. The article suggests that the program shields dangerous doctors by providing them an alternative outlet to public disciplinary action. The Illinois Professionals Health Program privately monitors hundreds of ...
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  • Elderly Patients Often Prescribed Unnecessary Drugs

    A new study detailed in Medscape Medical News reveals that more than half of the elderly people admitted to the intensive care unit receive prescriptions for drugs they do not need on discharge. Although the drugs may be appropriate in a clinical context, they are no longer needed when patients leave the hospital A classic example is the use of an antipsychotic drug commonly prescribed to elderly ...
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  • Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Illinois Farm

    A multistate Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 59 Illinois residents has been linked to alfalfa sprouts grown by Tiney Farms in Urbana. The organic farm distributed contaminated sprouts to Jimmy John's restaurant outlets throughout the Midwest. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 89 people in several states suffered salmonella infections from Nov. 1 to ...
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  • Preventable Deaths Still Source of Concern

    The Washington Post recently reported that new hospital safeguards are not effectively eliminating preventable deaths. Despite a renewed focus on patient safety, there has been little evidence of widespread improvement in the last decade. A report on hospitalized Medicare patients released last month found that one in seven patients experienced an adverse event such as excessive bleeding, a ...
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