Navigation Links
Emergency Care for Heart Attacks, Pneumonia Fails to Meet Goals
Date:11/3/2007

Poor compliance and racial disparities found, study finds

FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 22,000 preventable deaths occur each year in the United States because emergency departments across the country aren't meeting national goals in treating heart attack and pneumonia patients, according to a Johns Hopkins study.

The researchers looked at the records of 1,492 heart attack and 3,955 pneumonia patients treated at 544 emergency departments (ED) between 1998 and 2004. They found only 40 percent of eligible heart attack patients received recommended aspirin therapy, and only 17 percent received recommended beta blocker treatment. Among pneumonia patients, only 69 percent received recommended antibiotics, and 46 percent had blood oxygen levels assessed, as recommended by the American Thoracic Society.

"If these numbers are applied nationwide, we estimate that as many as 22,000 deaths a year could be prevented in the U.S., if ED caregivers followed practice standards," principal investigator Dr. Julius Pham, an assistant professor of medicine in the Johns Hopkins departments of emergency medicine and anesthesiology and critical care medicine, said in a prepared statement.

"More resources should be directed at studying why this is happening and developing strategies to ensure that 100 percent of patients get the recommended treatments," Pham said.

The Hopkins team also identified "troubling" racial, geographic and financial differences in heart attack and pneumonia patients' access to recommended care. For example, white heart attack patients were 40 percent more likely than non-whites to receive aspirin therapy. Patients in the Northeast were much more likely to receive aspirin therapy than those in the West.

Patients treated in government hospitals (state or country) were less likely to receive recommended treatment, while those with private insurance were consistently more likely to receive appropriate care.

The study was published in the October issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

More information

The American Heart Association has more about heart attack treatments.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, Oct. 31, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Ambulance queue before hospitals with emergency patients
2. Gas Masks Dont Always Fit an Emergency
3. London Emergency Services Receive Wide Appreciation
4. WHO declares Tuberculosis – ‘An Emergency’ in Afrca
5. Indian Health Ministry approves sale of Emergency contraceptives as over the counter drug
6. Combination drugs for emergency heart attacks
7. Emergency Treatment Found Wanting In Anaphylactic Reactions
8. Men under 50 susceptible to suicide after discharge from emergency
9. Chlamydia Screening To Be Offered With Emergency Contraception
10. Lack of facilities in emergency rooms, warn Canadian nurses!
11. Apollo And Stanford Team To Train Emergency Medical Technicians
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... N.J. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The ... Holly Day Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from across ... personalized and quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The boutique ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids ... Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, ... run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," ... on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... advisory services for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range of technology ... Association for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held October 14–18, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/7/2017)... , Oct. 6, 2017   Provista, a ... than $100 billion in purchasing power, today announced a ... information. The Newsroom is the online home ... trends, infographics, expert bios, news releases, slideshows and events. ... to a wealth of resources at their fingertips, viewers ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... Consulting, LLC , and named its founder as Diplomat,s ... Tennessee , will operate under Diplomat ... service offerings for health care partners to include IT ... "In an interoperable world, technology delivers comprehensive ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... CHICAGO , Sept. 28, 2017 Hill-Rom ... quarter 2017 earnings conference call and webcast on Friday, ... 8:00 a.m. (EDT) and ending at approximately 8:30 a.m. ... to discussing the company,s 2017 financial performance and guidance ... growth opportunities, initiatives to enhance operational performance, and long-range ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: