Friday, January 1, 2016

Healthcare Safety Index – January 2016

Here are healthcare safety issues that have appeared in the news and medical journals throughout the last 30 days or so:
The American College of Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new clinical guideline on antibiotic use in adults with acute respiratory tract infections.Except for confirmed bacterial infections like streptococcal pharyngitis or acute bacterial sinusitis, antibiotics should not routinely be used.

A study published in Gut suggested that patients with alcohol-induced liver lesions had more Bifidobacteria and Streptococci and less Atopobium than patients with no liver problems. Accordingly, differences between alcoholics who develop severe liver damage and those who do not might be partly due to differences in their gut microbes.
An article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that 51 percent of the people who suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest experience warning symptoms within four weeks before the attack. Eighty percent of patients experienced symptoms at least one hour before SCA, and 34 percent had symptoms more than 24 hours before SCA. Chest pain and dyspnea were the most common symptoms.

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