Navigation Links
Chest journal news briefs -- June 2011 issue
Date:6/8/2011

NON-PHYSICIAN STAFFING MAY ADDRESS SHORTAGE IN THE ICU

Intensive care units are facing staffing shortages, which are predicted to worsen in the future. A recent study, conducted by physicians from Beth Israel Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, studying 590 daytime admissions in two intensive care units (ICUs) suggests that non-physician providers can help address these staff shortages. In the study, no significant differences in hospital mortality or other patient outcomes were found between high-acuity, adult ICU units staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and those staffed by intensivists or other physicians. This article is published in the June issue of Chest, the peer-review journal of the American College of Chest Physicians: Chest 2011; 139(6):1347-1353.

NEW STUDY SHOWS DVT PREVENTION LACKING FOR HIGH-RISK PATIENTS

Despite evidence-based guidelines for thrombosis prevention, such as those published by the American College of Chest Physicians, new research shows that efforts to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in high-risk patients are inadequate. Researchers from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Arizona studied approximately 270,000 patient records covering 28 years. These records focused on patients admitted to hospitals because of a DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE) diagnosis and trends in those with DVT or PE that occurred during hospitalization. Between 1989 and 2006, the incidence of DVT increased 1.8 times due to an increase of secondary DVT, which increased 3.1 times, while the incidence of PE did not increase. Researchers concluded that efforts to prevent DVT in these high-risk hospitalized patients are inadequate, but the fact that secondary PE did not increase as the incidence of DVT increased suggests that therapy for DVT is being applied and is effective. This article is published in the June issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians: Chest 2011; 139(6):1317-1321.

NONINVASIVE APPROACH MAY BE SAFE ALTERNATIVE FOR PE DIAGNOSIS

A new study by French researchers determined that a combined strategy of clinical assessment, D-dimer, ultrasonography, and a lung scan provides a noninvasive alternative to diagnosing pulmonary embolism (PE) in the vast majority of outpatients with suspected PE. These researchers assessed 321 consecutive patients with clinically suspected PE and positive D-dimer or high clinical probability. Ultrasonography established the diagnosis of PE in 13% of these patients, and a lung scan associated with clinical probability was diagnostic in 76% of the patients, while chest multidetector CT (MDCT) scan was required in 11% of patients. Based on their findings, researchers conclude that this combination approach to diagnosing PE is a safe, noninvasive alternative to the more invasive technique of MDCT. This article is published in the June issue of Chest, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians: Chest 2011; 139(6):1294-1298.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jennifer Stawarz
jstawarz@chestnet.org
847-498-8306
American College of Chest Physicians
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Quick Chest Pain Test Simplifies Discharge Decision
2. Concentra, American Showa to Open Associates Health Center in Blanchester, Ohio
3. Kids Tai Chi Workout Premieres in Westchester, New York, March 2, 2010
4. News briefs from the March issue of Chest
5. Chest X-rays Can Help Predict Which H1N1 Patients Are at Greatest Risk
6. Chest X-rays can help predict which H1N1 patients are at greatest risk
7. News briefs from the April issue of Chest
8. Outcomes of patients dismissed from the hospital with non-cardiac chest pain
9. Researchers successfully lower radiation dose associated with pediatric chest CT scans
10. Noncardiac Chest Pain May Warrant More Management: Study
11. News briefs from the May issue of Chest
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2017)... California (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... T8 Direct Replace tubes . These lamps offer an instant energy-saving solution for ... need to rewire fixtures or disconnect ballasts. These 50,000 hour rated lamps utilize ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... 28, 2017 , ... From April 30 to May 3, ... will host industry leaders for the annual spring Convention & Expo, called Momentum ... adapt to the issues currently affecting urgent care and on-demand healthcare. , “Momentum ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center ... Data Hub in a sample of participants enrolled in an ongoing cancer quality-of-life ... solutions for the global scientific community. The company’s new CentrePoint Data Hub is ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Rob Lowe is a popular actor that has ... presence to an educational purpose as the host of the “Informed” series. The program ... a recent episode, the series focuses on thyroid cancer. , Although thyroid cancer is ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... 27, 2017 , ... Healthcare companies are trying to meet talent shortages and ... healthcare executive resume. , “If you’re a healthcare executive open to new opportunities this ... it’s as ready as you are for a new job search. I’ve heard from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... MINNEAPOLIS , April 20, 2017  Cogentix ... company focused on providing the Urology, Uro/Gyn and ... reported that Ash Keswani has joined the Company ... In this newly created position, Mr. Keswani will ... and CEO. "Our organization is delighted ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ... that it will be participating in the Deutsche Bank ... Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts on ... 11:20 a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast ... Investor Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com .  The webcast ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Mass. , April 20, 2017  RXi ... developing innovative therapeutics that address significant unmet medical ... data from the Company,s consumer product development program, ... at the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) 76 ... to advance and promote the sciences relevant to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: