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Study: GLP weight loss, diabetes therapies boost GI endoscopy pneumonia risk

Editor's Note Gastrointestinal endoscopy could increase the risk of aspirational pneumonia in patients using GLP-1 receptor agonists (RAs) to manage weight or treat diabetes, according to an April 1 report from MedPage today. Citing research published in the journal Gastroenterology by a team led by Kevin Sheng-Kai Ma, DDS, of…

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By: Matt Danford
April 5, 2024
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FDA approves new antibiotic for staph, other infections

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug administration approved Zevtera for treating Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) bloodstream infections, which are often acquired in healthcare settings. In the April 3 announcement, the agency notes the new antibiotic Zevtera (ceftobiprole medocaril sodium for injection) is effective for SAB-infected patients with right-sided infective…

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By: Matt Danford
April 4, 2024
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FDA warning: unapproved topical analgesics potentially dangerous

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers to avoid topical analgesics marketed in violation of federal law by six different companies, including: TKTX Company: TKTX Numb Maximum Strength Pain Reliever, Mithra+ 10% Lidocaine, TKTX During Procedure Numbing Gel 40% and J-CAIN cream [LIDOCAINE] 29.9% SeeNext Venture,…

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By: Matt Danford
March 29, 2024
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Study: Propofol sedation increases colonoscopy costs without improving outcomes

Editor's Note Although the use of propofol for colonoscopy has been rising due to beliefs that deep sedation leads to greater patient comfort, a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of nearly 1,500 patients form nine randomized controlled trials shows this view is not supported by available evidence. Published March 8…

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By: Matt Danford
March 25, 2024
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Two-question survey could help improve pain management, reduce opioid use

Editor's Note A simple, two-question survey could help identify patients most likely to develop chronic pain during recovery from surgery or injury and direct them toward proactive, holistic services that reduce reliance on opioids. NEJM Catalyst published the findings on March 20. Conducted by a research team from Duke University,…

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By: Brita Belli
March 22, 2024
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Procedural sedation analgesia considerations for ASC leaders

The promise of quicker recovery and fewer complications from sedation, anesthesia, and pain management have drawn clinicians and patients alike to procedures performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and other outpatient settings. However, sedation, anesthesia, and analgesia add their own risks to those of the procedure itself. Understanding the latest…

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By: Uyen Vo, BSN, MBA
March 22, 2024
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Study: Postoperative delirium less likely with ephedrine than phenylephrine

Editor's Note Using phenylephrine as an intraoperative vasopressor could lead to higher risk of postoperative delirium compared to ephedrine, according to findings published in the April issue of Anesthesiology. Posted online last September, these findings confirm researchers’ original hypothesis. “The treatment of intraoperative hypotension with phenylephrine may impair cerebral perfusion…

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By: Matt Danford
March 20, 2024
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Medicare households have double the healthcare spending burden

Editor's Note The healthcare spending burden of Medicare households was double that of non-Medicare households in 2022, according to an analysis published by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) on March 14.  Using data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey, KFF found that average health-related expenses made up 13.6% of Medicare households’ total…

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By: Brita Belli
March 19, 2024
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Hospital hacking threats persist amid continued chaos of Change Healthcare cyberattack

Editor's Note The ransomware group behind a recent cyberattack on one of the nation’s largest health systems has its sights set on hospitals, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warned February 27. According to a report in Chief Healthcare Executive one day later, systems were…

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By: Matt Danford
March 1, 2024
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Study: Bariatric surgery benefits glycemic control in Type 2 diabetes patients

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Editor's Note Bariatric surgery is more effective than lifestyle and medical interventions in glycemic control for Type 2 diabetes patients, according to findings published February 27 in JAMA. The clinical trial involved four health systems and 262 participants, 96 of whom received medical- and lifestyle-focused treatment and 166 of whom…

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By: Brita Belli
February 28, 2024
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