Physician Burnout

Decision burnout is real. It needs to be taken seriously. Burnout is dangerous for our patients and staff. From AMA News: The prevalence of physician burnout during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was 38.2%, the lowest ever recorded. By the end of 2021, that percentage ballooned to 62.8%, the highest since the AMA first […]

New Covid Boosters are Here

The new Covid boosters are here. As the weather turns cold and people go indoors, I expect Covid cases to increase. So, #GetBoosted. From NYT: The new boosters are one of the last remaining weapons in America’s arsenal against the coronavirus, now that the country has scrapped most requirements to mask, quarantine or distance as […]

Rainbow Colored Fentanyl – Not Good

From CBS News: The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an advisory Tuesday about an “emerging trend” of “brightly-colored” fentanyl pills being used to lure children and young people. What is often called “rainbow fentanyl” has been seized by law enforcement agencies in 18 states just this month, the DEA said. The drugs, made to look like […]

More on Covid19

One of the things that we have intermittently discussed is the long term effects of Coid19. Tiredness and Muscle fatique can last for years. This is a new article in Lancet which demonstrates that over 50% of Covid19 survivors aren’t quite right over 2 years later.

CT contrast shortage

Man, we are in trouble. Everyday there is a new shortage in the hospital. From ACS: The ACS is monitoring the recent shortage of intravenous contrast media reported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is encouraging collaboration with the American College of Radiology (ACR) to develop solutions to the problem. The FDA has […]

US Drug Overdose deaths are on the raise

Hello, it has been a long time. 🙂 From CNN – Annual drug overdose deaths have reached another record high in the United States as deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids surge to unprecedented levels. An estimated 105,752 people died of drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending October 2021, according to provisional data published Wednesday […]

What test for Covid-19 should you use?

This can be confusing. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Antigen tests. Genomic tests. Antibody tests. At-home tests. It can all seem overwhelming to patients already stressed by the many hard decisions entailed by living through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. There are two main types of tests: viral tests and antibody tests. A viral test tells you […]

Medical Student wins $10k on Moraxella research

I thought that this was pretty cool. Research on Moraxella catarrhalis—an upper respiratory bacterium that exacerbates chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—earned the top prize during the 2021 AMA Research Challenge. The research, lauded by judges for its longitudinal value and for being particularly worthwhile given COVID-19 respiratory complications, was conducted by Marielisa Cabrera-Sánchez and earned a $10,000 grand […]

Hospital Infections Increase

From Cambridge Press: In a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ward in 2020, preventing a catheter-associated urinary tract infection was probably not always the foremost consideration for healthcare staff. Nurses and doctors were trying to save the lives of surges of critically ill infectious patients while juggling shortages of respirators and, at times, shortages of gowns, […]

Increase and fatal and nonfatal overdoses involving benzodiazepines

Yes there is more than just Covid19 going on out there. From the CDC: This is the first multistate report to examine recent trends in both nonfatal and fatal benzodiazepine overdoses. Three concerning trends during 2019–2020 were identified: 1) increases in both nonfatal and fatal overdoses involving benzodiazepines and opioids; 2) marked increases in illicit […]

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