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ICU Management

ICU Diaries Not Useful in Preventing PTSD Symptoms

2019 23 Jul

Results of a randomised clinical trial in France indicate that the use of ICU diaries was not helpful in preventing post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD) after ICU hospitalisation. In this multicentre study, investigators compared the use of patients' ICU diaries – filled out by clinicians and family members during the ICU stay – with usual... Read more

Executive Health Management

2019 11 Jun

Unmonitored opioid deaths at home after surgery. Primum Non Nocere. First, do no harm. These wise words form the basis of the oath sworn to our patients. With the vast array of treatment models, administration, and decisions in medicine today, this oath is more poignant than ever. Medical Errors are the third leading cause... Read more

Cardiology Management

Influenza activity associated with an increase in hospitalisation for CV events

2019 04 Apr

In a recent study study, surveillance data from 4 US communities was used to associate monthly influenza-like illness (ILI) activity as reported by the CDC with MI and HF hospitalisations. Influenza-like illness activity was associated with an increase in HF hospitalisations within the same month. Myocardial infarction was positively but not significantly... Read more

Cardiology Management

U.S. study: social isolation increases mortality in heart failure patients

2018 30 May

Among heart failure patients, feelings of social isolation are associated with increased risk of hospitalisation or death, according to new research published online in Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers say screening heart failure patients for social isolation could help identify those at risk of poor outcomes. In the U.S.,... Read more

Cardiology Management

Exercise is safe, beneficial for heart failure

2018 08 May

Amongst patients with heart failure (HF), exercise therapy is positively associated with lower mortality and higher survival rates, along with a significant reduction in cardiac events and hospitalisations, says a review article in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. "Exercise therapy is a well-documented, cost-effective, safe intervention for patients... Read more

Cardiology Management

Anaemia in heart failure: still relevant?

2018 14 Mar

One-third of all patients with heart failure (HF) have anaemia, and its presence is associated with more symptoms, increased rates of hospitalisation, and increased mortality. A major factor that leads to anaemia in HF is inadequate erythropoietin production resulting from renal failure. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) have been proven to... Read more

ICU Management

Managing renal replacement therapy in AKI patients

2018 23 Jan

It is estimated that 22–57% of critically ill patients develop acute kidney injury (AKI) during their hospitalisation. The increasing incidence of AKI has the immediate effect of a growing need for renal replacement therapy (RRT). However, evidence on how to manage RRT in critically ill patients with AKI remains limited because of ambiguous study results... Read more

Cardiology Management

Lack of Evidence for Aspirin in Heart Failure

2017 08 Aug

The WARCEF (Warfarin Versus Aspirin in Reduced Ejection Fraction) trial indicates that, compared to warfarin, aspirin does not increase the risk of hospitalisation for heart failure. The study findings contrast with those of two previous trials that showed an increase in such risk, notes an editorial published in JACC: Heart Failure. The randomised... Read more

ICU Management

2017 04 Aug

Different preferences based on gender, influence the patient’s perspective of good quality in care and treatment. As future healthcare points towards more outpatient treatment and less hospitalisation, and as the majority of quality-studies are related to patients who are hospitalised or have chronic diseases, it seems interesting to explore the patient... Read more

Cardiology Management

Heart Failure + Stroke - A Lethal Combination

2017 23 May

According to new research presented at EuroHeartCare 2017, heart failure and stroke is a lethal combination. Heart failure patients who have had a previous stroke have greater risk of depression, hospitalisation and death as compared to those without a history of stroke. The purpose of this study was to identify differences in the psychosocial and... Read more