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Why An Ounce Of Healthcare Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
A new OnCourse Learning webinar series led by healthcare professionals highlights prevention strategies for some of healthcare's most troubling occurrences.
The three-part Prevention Series offers educational tips that healthcare professionals can incorporate into day-to-day care routines to protect patients and a facility's bottom line. The series will focus on an interprofessional approach to the following concerns:
Proper antimicrobial therapies
"Healthcare systems are aware of these topics and do try to prevent problems, but prevention can play a much bigger part in patient safety," said Maria Morales, MSN, RN, CPAN, director of CNE programs for OnCourse Learning. "The webinar series will help clinicians produce better outcomes, which can save money and protect their facilities from Medicare penalties."
The 1.0-hour webinars are available through two of OnCours
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Research Examines Benefits Of Palliative Care In Heart Failure Treatment
Patients living with heart failure receive palliative care significantly less often than patients with other illnesses, including cancer, despite evidence that such care improves symptom management and quality of life.
Those findings, made by University of Pittsburgh researchers and based on a review of existing evidence, were recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
“We should not be waiting until heart failure patients are eligible for hospice care – in other words truly at the end of life – to start considering palliative options,” said study author Dio Kavalieratos, PhD, director of implementation research at the UPMC Palliative & Supportive Institute and assistant professor of medicine at Pitt. “With improved education, cardiologists and primary care clinicians can integrate palliative care techniques in their everyday practice.”
The researchers re
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Patient Prejudice: New Survey Finds Bias Toward Doctors, Nurses
A majority of doctors (59%) say they confront bias from patients, including offensive remarks about gender, age, race and ethnicity, according to a new survey. Four in ten (40%) take action to report it or address it, either by documenting the bias in a patient's medical record or reporting it to an authority. In a companion survey, 11% of patients reported hearing offensive remarks from their health care professional.
The survey, Patient Prejudice: When Credentials Aren't Enough, was conducted by WebMD/Medscape in collaboration with STAT, a Boston Globe Media publication. The survey of professionals presents findings from more than 1,000 health care professionals (HCPs), including doctors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The survey of 1,000 patients asked about biases toward doctors and other health care professionals.
To read the full special report,
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Is Rushing Your Child To The ER The Right Response?
If a child gets a small burn from a hot pan, starts choking or swallows medication, parents may struggle to decide whether to provide first aid at home or rush them to the hospital, suggests a new national poll.
Only half of parents were confident that they would know what to do if their child were choking and 1 in 10 parents would immediately take their child to the ER
for a minor burn, according to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan. Nearly a third of parents would take their child to the emergency room for swallowed pills.
The nationally representative survey includes responses from 386 parents with least one child ages 0-5.
“When young children experience urgent medical situations, parents have to make decisions about whether to administer first aid at home, call for advice or seek emergency care,” says Gary Freed, MD, MP