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September 17, 2019

Focus on the Value, Rewards of Physician-Patient Relationships

Studies of burnout, depression and dissatisfaction among physicians share one common theme – the problem arises from the environment in which modern medicine is practiced. The studies imply that simply changing the environmental demands of a physician may stave off feelings that the physician no longer practices in a noble profession, but rather just completes daily job requirements. A breakdown of the physician-patient relationship arises from today’s health care system. We are pressured for time and challenged to run a business with decreasing reimbursement offset by strategies to make up for the deficits.  Read More

Private Patient Rooms May Reduce Rates of Some Infections

Moving patients from a hospital with mostly ward-type rooms to a new hospital with exclusively private rooms appeared to be associated with a sustained decrease in the rates of new MRSA colonization and vancomycin-resistant enterococci, or VRE, colonization and infection, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine. However, researchers reported that the move was not associated with a reduction in MRSA infection or Clostridioides difficile infection.  Read More

Current Method of Calculating SSIs is Underestimates Rates of Some Procedures

Jessica L. Seidelman, MD, MPH, a medical instructor in the division of infectious diseases at Duke University School of Medicine, and colleagues from the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) help hospitals submit data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). “In our process of reviewing SSIs, we realized that hospitals were calculating denominators differently and this prompted us to take a deeper look at SSI denominators,” Seidelman explained to Infectious Disease News. Read More

Slowing Brain Rhythms Can Serve as a Marker for Delirium and Its Clinical Outcomes

An EEG (electroencephalogram) can provide a valuable biomarker for detecting delirium, a serious mental disturbance that is often underrecognized, as well as predicting poor clinical outcomes, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found. In a paper published in Neurology, the team reported that the generalized slowing of brain rhythms were associated with longer patient hospitalizations, worse functional outcomes and increased mortality.  Read More