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 […]

UAB professor receives award for malaria prevention study in pregnant women in Cameroon

Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D., assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Infectious Diseases and chief of Women’s Health Services at UAB’s 1917 Clinic, has been awarded a five-year, $841,000 K23 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. The award will fund a […]

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Campaign promises kept, plus ‘nerd reports’

President Donald Trump managed to fulfill — at least in part — two separate campaign promises this week. To the delight of anti-abortion groups, the administration issued proposed rules that would make it difficult if not impossible for Planned Parenthood to continue to participate in Title X, the federal family-planning program. And Congress cleared for […]

FDA authorizes marketing of OsteoDetect software for detecting wrist fractures

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of Imagen OsteoDetect, a type of computer-aided detection and diagnosis software designed to detect wrist fractures in adult patients. “Artificial intelligence algorithms have tremendous potential to help health care providers diagnose and treat medical conditions,” said Robert Ochs, Ph.D., acting deputy director for radiological health, Office […]

Loyola survey identifies significant group of burn patients with elevated PTSD symptoms

A Loyola Medicine survey has found that 15.8 percent of adult burn patients screened positive for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The survey by clinical psychologist Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, licensed clinical social worker Kelly McElligott, AM, and colleagues from Loyola Medicine’s Burn Center was presented at the annual meeting of the American Burn Association, where it […]

BMC receives $13.5 million award to test methods for delivering childhood anxiety treatment

Boston Medical Center has been approved for a $13.5 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to test the efficacy of two different methods of delivering cognitive behavioral therapy – face to face or online – to children with anxiety. This novel multi-site study will be conducted in both urban and semirural communities […]