By Jeffrey S. Vender, MD
Clinicians and even the general public are aware of the dangers of sepsis, the life-threatening illness caused by a body’s response to an infection. Irrespective of one’s perception of pharmaceutical marketing materials or the evidence-based medicine used, awareness about sepsis has led to earlier diagnosis and interventions that have likely saved countless patients’ lives.
Moreover, hospitalists have played a key role in sepsis prevention.
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Dr. Jeffery Vender is the emeritus Harris Family Foundation chairman of the department of anesthesiology at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Ill. He is clinical professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and chairman, Clinical Advisory Committee, Respiratory Compromise Institute. Dr. Vender has consulted with Medtronic
According to the Census Bureau, seniors made up 13.3% of the U.S. population in 2011 and will account for at least 20% of the population by 2060. Max Gottlieb discusses 3 tips for successful discharging a senior patient from hospital.
By Max Gottlieb (Senior Planning)
After being discharged from a hospital, seniors and their families not only have to worry about speeding up recovery through post-operation dieting or physical therapy, but they can experience a myriad of issues completely unrelated to physical health. Knowing what to expect when dealing with the American healthcare system, especially when the patient is using Medicare, can ensure that your loved one has the best possible care under your supervision.
Articles the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) have been reading the these past week raise 3 patient safety questions:
#1 Patient Safety Question – Are you ready for a mass casualty?
Patient health and safety advocates and the biopharmaceutical industry share a commitment to improve patient care and safety to removing obstacles to physician-prescribed medications. At the recent BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit, advocates and industry met to discuss these shared concerns. Representatives from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety attended the Summit.
There were two major key concerns discussed:
Allergies to peanuts has increasing significantly. In this guest article, Campion Quinn, MD discusses the treatment and prevention of peanut allergy. Dr. Quinn also considers new therapies for peanut allergy.
By Campion Quinn, MD
The prevalence of peanut allergy in the US has more than quadrupled in the past 13 years going from 0.4% in 1997 to 2% in 2010, amounting to more than 6.5 million people. It has become a significant issue in homes, schools, restaurants, and physician’s offices.
Michael Wong, JD (founder and executive director of the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) spoke about the liabilities of non-medication switching and other insurer practices, such as prior authorizations and step therapies, at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress, which took place from October 24-27, 2018. Speaking with Mr. Wong were:
PPAHS is proud to support and participate in WomenHeart’s National AFib Month Screening Campaign. PPAHS asks clinicians to please screen for AFib.
By WomenHeart (WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization with thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. WomenHeart supports, educates and advocates on behalf of the nearly 48 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease.)
Approximately 1.5 million American women live with atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is an irregular heartbeat. One of the most effective means of detection of AFib is through “opportunistic screenings” with primary care providers, these screenings identify more people with AFib than arranged screenings.
Articles the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) have been reading the these past few weeks provide 11 patient safety tips.
#1 Patient Safety Tip – Lowering psychological distress may lower risks of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and COPD
In this guest post, Dr. Aliza Weinrib advocates for a new take on managing pain.
By Dr. Aliza Weinrib Clinical Psychologist, University Health Network
We have all been there. That moment when your doctor asks you, “So… how has your pain been since I’ve seen you last?”
At that moment, you turn to your memory to provide you with a summary of all the ups and downs that you have been through. Of course, you remember your pain! Your pain is very hard to forget or ignore!
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is pleased to release the Position Statement on Procedural Sedation.
The number of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures performed outside of the operating room has grown exponentially over the last several decades. Depending on the patient and the medical procedure, many of these are performed under sedation to manage the patient’s pain and/or anxiety without inducing general anesthesia.