The truth about formaldehyde in e-cigarettes

What did the original study report? What did the new study find? Do e-cigarettes produce dangerous formaldehyde levels? This question has split scientific opinion for years. A new study reopens the discussion. The toxicity of vaping is once again being debated. Three years ago, researchers at Portland State University in Oregon conducted a study that […]

What are monoglycerides and are they safe?

What are monoglycerides? What is their function? Which foods contain monoglycerides? Are monoglycerides bad for you? Who should avoid monoglycerides? Outlook Monoglycerides are a form of fatty acid, along with triglycerides and diglycerides. Monoglycerides occur naturally in some foods and are added to others to improve texture, quality, and shelf life. Researchers know relatively little […]

Delayed lactate measurements in sepsis patients increase risk of in-hospital death

The rising incidence of sepsis, a leading cause of in-hospital death, has prompted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to issue protocols known as care bundles to standardize and improve sepsis care. Because of a known association between elevated lactate levels and increased mortality, the guidelines mandate that lactate levels should be tested […]

AACN outlines evidence-based protocols and clinical strategies to manage alarms

Clinical alarms are designed to alert clinicians to changes in their patients’ conditions, but their sheer numbers and resulting noise instead pose a significant threat to patient safety, according to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The sensory overload from sounds emitted by monitors, infusion pumps, ventilators and other devices can cause a person […]