Let Them In: Family Presence during Intensive Care Unit Procedures

ATS Press Families have for decades advocated for full access to intensive care units (ICUs) and meaningful partnership with clinicians, resulting in gradual improvements in family access and collaboration with ICU clinicians. Despite such advances, family members in adult ICUs are still commonly asked to leave the patient’s room during invasive bedside procedures, regardless of…

Care for COPD: Could More Be Done?

University of Michigan – Michigan Health Lab news It’s the third-leading cause of death in the United States, but compared to other chronic diseases, COPD research funding is low and patients’ access to care is poor. Fifteen million: That’s the number of adults in the United States affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD….

Selecting the Right Hospital Can Reduce Your Risk of Avoidable Death by 50%, According to Analysis of Newly Updated Hospital Safety Score Grades

Leapfrog Group news release 4/25/16 Washington, D.C., April 25, 2016 – The Leapfrog Group announced today the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score update, assigning letter grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals, assessing medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections. Alongside the update, Leapfrog contracted with Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality…

Does palliative care need a rebrand?

University of Toronto news Patients are missing out on earlier access to supportive care because of the stigma attached to the label “palliative care,” according to research by Camilla Zimmermann published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The problem, Zimmermann uncovered, is that patients equate “palliative care” with end-of-life care, when it actually comprises…

How does COPD care by physicians compare with nurse practitioners/physician assistants?

The University of Texas Medical Branch news release Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston investigated differences in care given to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients by medical doctors compared with nurse practitioners and physician assistants. This study is currently available in the journal, PLOS ONE. The United States is experiencing a…

Unexplained chronic cough treatment subject of updated evidence-based guideline

American College of Chest Physicians press release Persistent, unexplained cough is a significant health issue that occurs in up to 5-10 percent of patients seeking medical assistance for chronic cough. Patients experience significant quality of life impairment with chronic cough lasting for many months or years, despite attempts at treatment. In this latest evidence-based guideline…

PREVENTING OVERDIAGNOSIS 2015

Two years ago, I wrote that the first “PREVENTING OVERDIAGNOSIS” conference was easily the most important meeting I had ever attended. Last week’s third “PREVENTING OVERDIAGNOSIS” conference, held at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC was even better. The conference was sponsored by the National Cancer Institute in collaboration with Oxford University, the…

New Algorithm Lets Your Phone Track Your Wheezes

Continuous monitoring of lung health can help treat respiratory diseases. A simple breath can reveal a lot about someone’s health. That’s why researchers are developing wearable devices that keep continuous tabs on the wearer’s lungs. But while gadgetry often gets the attention, it’s the algorithms behind the gadgets that tell you what the data means….

Talking to the Doctor About Treatment Harms – Why these essential conversations aren’t happening

Whether preparing to undergo sensitive surgery or facing the prospect of spending a night in the hospital, patients often lack a critical piece of information to make an informed medical decision. “Risks are not being adequately discussed by physicians with their patients,” says David Magnus, director of the Stanford Center of Biomedical Ethics in Stanford,…

COPD experts warn Medicare penalties will hurt vulnerable patients

Lungg disease experts say that new policies concerning hospital readmissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will penalize vulnerable patients. Last week, the federal government announced fines for more than 2,600 hospitals because too many Medicare patients being treated for certain conditions are being readmitted within 30 days of being sent home. An analysis by University…