A recent publication indicates that data prove that Canadians with cystic fibrosis live significantly longer than Americans with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a gene mutation that leads to an increase in thick mucus production, rather than the normal gene production of thin mucus. This results in a mucus build-up within the lungs, causing difficulty breathing, as well as issues with the pancreas’ ability to deliver enzymes into the digestive tract to break down food and absorb nutrients.
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Blog articles submitted by Hanna Batory, Graduate Student at the Trinity University Health Care Administration Program.
The use of technology has dramatically improved the way healthcare is delivered. Computerized clinical decision support systems have been able to help clinicians treat patients. These systems pair with electronic medical records and provide patient care data. These support systems have been shown to adequately address risk and provide treatment solutions to patients. In particular, a study showed that computerized support systems were able to decrease risk of or improve treatment administration for postoperative venous thromboembolism, also known as a blood clot in the veins.
The rate of sepsis in the world continues to increase by 8-10% annually, about 18 million cases per year. Sepsis is the body’s response to an infection that can lead to organ failure and death. Sepsis is difficult to initially diagnose because it can be misdiagnosed as another illness based on its symptoms. Misdiagnosis of sepsis can cause more problems for the patient, allowing sepsis to continue to develop and worsen. The goal is to have early detection. One important factor that can aid in early detection is family members and patients identifying sepsis.
A recent article published by HealthLeaders Media discusses studies focusing on the use of telemedicine in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Telemedicine is a technique that uses technology remotely to diagnose and treat patients, with or without a physician or clinician in close proximity to the patient. Telemedicine is continuing to grow in its utilization for caring for acute-care patients. The study analyzed the use of telemedicine to assess coma patients in a Mayo Clinic ICU in Arizona.
Recently, Aetna announced that it will be removing physician’s prior authorization requirement to prescribe medications that lessen patients’ withdrawal symptoms from a previous opioid addiction. Aetna is not the first insurance company to remove the “prior authorization” requirement, both Anthem and Cigna have also changed the requirement. The elimination of this waiting period stems from an increased opioid addiction, specifically heroine and painkillers, within the U.S. In 2015, 33,000 individuals died from opioid overdose.