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New Model for Outpatient Induction Chemotherapy for AML and MDS Explored
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Oct 6th, 2021 - Pamela S. Becker, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Hematology Division University of Washington School of Medicine Although many patients with cancer now receive chemotherapy as outpatients, most cancer treatment centers do not extend this practice to patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or advanced myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) who are receiving initial intensive induction ...

Brazil Hospital Chain Hid COVID-19 Deaths, Whistleblowers' Lawyer Tells Senate
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/959912

Sep 29th, 2021 - BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian hospital chain tested unproven drugs on elderly COVID-19 patients without their knowledge as part of an effort to validate President Jair Bolsonaro's preferred 'miracle cure,' a lawyer for whistleblowing doctors told senators on Tuesday. At least nine people died of COVID-19 during the trials at the Prevent Senior hospital chain from March to April 2020, but the...

Telemedicine Visits for Medically Complex Kids Reduce Serious Illness, Health Costs
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/958914

Sep 17th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Providing telemedicine in addition to comprehensive care for medically complex children can reduce care days outside the home, serious illness, and health care costs, a randomized clinical trial shows. All 422 children in the trial received care at the High-Risk Children's Clinic at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. They all had at least two hospitaliz...

'It's Not Ethical': a French Hospital Worker's Anger at Suspension Over Vaccine
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/958765

Sep 16th, 2021 - PARIS (Reuters) - Vanessa Perotti's day at work was brief on Wednesday, lasting long enough for the medical secretary to be handed notice of her indefinite suspension because she refuses to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Perotti will only be allowed back if she gets the shot. During her suspension, her salary will be withheld, as will contributions to her pension. She said she would not be en...

Hospital Policies During COVID-19 Pandemic Should Minimize Years of Life Lost
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/958479

Sep 10th, 2021 - (Reuters Health) - Health systems have prioritized COVID-19 patients for life-saving care during the pandemic, but a recent study suggests a different way to optimize scheduling and allocate beds to minimize years of life lost for all hospitalized patients. In a paper published in Nature Computational Science, researchers use a dataset of administrative claims data from the National Health Serv...

Elective Surgery in Private Sector Linked to Shorter Stays and Fewer Readmissions Than NHS
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/958309

Sep 8th, 2021 - NHS-funded elective surgery performed in the independent hospital sector in England is associated with shorter lengths of stay and lower readmission rates than the same treatment in NHS hospitals, finds observational research published online in  BMJ Quality & Safety. To explore concerns on whether NHS patients receive the same level of care in the independent sector as they would in an NHS hos...

COVID-19: Influence of Obesity, Chronic Diseases and Age on In-hospital Survival
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/958232

Sep 7th, 2021 - Takeaway In hospitalised patients with COVID-19, obesity and chronic diseases were key risk factors for lower in-hospital survival in younger age groups, the combination of both being a particularly crucial risk factor in patients aged <50 years. Obesity and chronic diseases had little effect on survival in men aged >70 years and women aged >80 years. Why this matters Findings suggest that publ...

South Korean Lawmakers to Vote on Cameras in Operating Rooms After Surgery Deaths
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/957488

Aug 31st, 2021 - SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean lawmakers will vote as early as Monday on whether to require hospitals to place surveillance cameras in operating rooms after a series of medical accidents involving unqualified staff who stood in for surgeons. If the bill is approved by parliament, South Korea will be the first developed country to require closed-circuit cameras to record surgical procedures. The...

Sydney Hospitals Erect Emergency Tents as COVID-19 Cases Hit Record
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/957298

Aug 27th, 2021 - SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's new daily cases of COVID-19 topped 1,000 on Thursday for the first time since the global pandemic began, as two major hospitals in Sydney set up emergency outdoor tents to help deal with a rise in patients. Sydney, the country's largest city and the epicentre of the current outbreak, is struggling to stamp out a surge in the fast-spreading Delta variant, with dail...

Morecambe Bay NHS Trust Report 'Disappointing', Says CQC
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/956942

Aug 20th, 2021 - A previously scandal-hit maternity unit has been downgraded to inadequate by health inspectors, while the overall trust it is part of has been told it must improve. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said its report into University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust makes for "disappointing reading". The watchdog's Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals in the North, Ann Ford, said the...

In-Hospital SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Low in Cancer Patients
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/956604

Aug 17th, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The overall risk of hospital-acquired COVID-19 is low for hospitalized cancer patients, but sharing a room may boost the risk, researchers say. Beyond an outbreak setting, little information is available on the risk of hospital-acquired COVID-19 in high-risk patients, Dr. Mini Kamboj and colleagues from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, explai...

COVID-19: Hospital-acquired vs Community-acquired Acute Kidney Injury
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/956552

Aug 13th, 2021 - Takeaway Acute kidney injury (AKI) was reported in more than a quarter of hospitalised patients with COVID-19. Most risk factors for community- and hospital-acquired AKI were common, pointing to a predominantly pre-renal mechanism of injury. Hospital-acquired AKI, but not community-acquired AKI, was a significant risk factor for COVID-19-related mortality. Why this matters Future studies are wa...

Homeless People More Likely to Seek Emergency Admissions
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/955801

Aug 2nd, 2021 - Homeless individuals in England are more likely to seek hospital services, especially emergency admissions compared with housed individuals, says a recent study published in BMJ Open. England was estimated to have more than 300,000 homeless individuals in 2017, according to the homelessness charity, Shelter. Poor physical and mental health along with drug/alcohol misuse are highly prevalent in ...

Thailand Builds COVID-19 Hospital in Bangkok Airport Amid Surge in Cases
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/955546

Jul 29th, 2021 - BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai volunteers on Wednesday turned a cargo warehouse at Bangkok's Don Muang Airport into a 1,800-bed field hospital for COVID-19 patients with less severe symptoms, as the country deals with its biggest outbreak to date. The Southeast Asian nation reported a daily record of 16,533 new cases, plus 133 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total accumulated cases to 543,361 a...

In Utah, Hospitals Swell With Unvaccinated COVID-19 Patients
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/955458

Jul 28th, 2021 - (Reuters) - The COVID-19 intensive care unit where nurse Janine Roberts works in a Salt Lake City suburb is once again full, with patients who are mostly young, mostly unvaccinated and very ill. They arrive in the unit at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, already intubated and unconscious, in many cases stricken by the Delta variant of the coronavirus blazing through unvaccinated co...

Beta Variant May Increase Hospitalizations and Deaths
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/954845

Jul 16th, 2021 - (Reuters) - The Beta variant of the coronavirus may be deadlier than the original version of the virus, according to researchers in South Africa who studied more than 1.5 million COVID-19 patients. Although the Delta variant now accounts for the largest percentage of new COVID-19 cases in many countries, Beta is still circulating, with mutations that make it highly contagious and harder to prev...

Wrong Patient Orders Twice as Likely in OB Units as Med-Surg
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/954886

Jul 15th, 2021 - Clinicians in obstetric units place nearly twice as many wrong-patient orders as their medical-surgical counterparts, based on a retrospective look at more than 1.3 million orders. These findings suggest that obstetric patients are at particular risk for this type of medical error, and that steps are needed to address obstetric clinical culture, work flow, and electronic medical record interfac...

Key Predictors of Inpatient Mortality in COVID-19 Patients
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/954752

Jul 14th, 2021 - Takeaway The presence of hypertension and diabetes together was associated with a significantly increased risk of inpatient COVID-19 mortality. Furthermore, advanced age (>65 years), male sex, hypertension and cerebrovascular disease were independently associated with an increased risk of inpatient mortality, irrespective of ethnicity or high social deprivation scores. Why this matters Findings...

MPs Criticise Blame Culture in Maternity Services
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/954235

Jul 5th, 2021 - A blame culture in England's maternity services prevents lessons from being learned, according to a committee of MPs. A report from the Health and Social Care Committee said improvements in maternity services have been too slow, with inspectors reporting evidence of a "defensive culture", "dysfunctional teams", and "safety lessons not learned". The Committee took evidence from experts including...

Universal Preprocedure COVID-19 Testing Reveals Hidden Infections
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/954003

Jul 1st, 2021 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - During times of high community transmission of SARS-CoV-2, universal screening for the virus before planned medical procedures "should be considered," say U.S. clinicians. In a research letter in JAMA Network Open, Dr. Scott Roberts and colleagues at Yale University School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut, note that about half of all SARS-CoV-2 infections occur...