Patient Care

Dining Out for Life Event

Dining Out for Life Event

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Enjoy a meal out and contribute to a good cause. On Thursday, September 17, over 50 Baltimore restaurants will participate in Dining Out for Life and donate a portion of their proceeds to help Moveable Feast raise funds to support patients with life-threatening illnesses. For those of you on the East Baltimore campus, helping out(...)

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One Minute Guide to: Folate Testing in Anemia

One Minute Guide to: Folate Testing in Anemia

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Q: Should you test folate levels in your anemic patients? The Bottom Line: Do NOT routinely test folate levels in your anemic patients. Context: Folate deficiency is a well-described cause of macrocytic anemia. The American diet has been fortified with folate from a variety of food sources since 1998. This has led to near-elimination of(...)

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One Minute Guide to: Appropriately Ordering Urine Cultures

One Minute Guide to: Appropriately Ordering Urine Cultures

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Q: Should I routinely obtain a urine culture from my asymptomatic inpatients? What if the urinalysis indicates the presence of both bacteria and white blood cells? What if my patient has a chronic indwelling catheter? Context: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most commonly encountered bacterial infections in the ambulatory, inpatient and long-term care settings.(...)

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Pulmonary Hypertension Program receives PHA Accreditation

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The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) recently certified the DOM Pulmonary Hypertension Program as a Center of Comprehensive Care for patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). This accreditation demonstrates the team’s clinical excellence in diagnosis and comprehensive management of PH patients through criteria established by world leaders in the field. The team, led by Paul Hassoun, professor(...)

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Cosgrove selected to participate in the White House’s Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative

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Sara Cosgrove, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Johns Hopkins Antimicrobial Stewardship Program was selected by the White House to help address solutions to the ever-growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Dr. Cosgrove, along with more than 150 stakeholders in the field, outlined current and future contributions to antibiotic stewardship(...)

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World Sickle Cell Day

World Sickle Cell Day

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Observed annually on June 19, World Sickle Cell Day has been designated by the United Nations as a day to raise global awareness about the significant public health burden known as sickle cell disease, which is a serious inherited disorder of the blood. Sickle cell disease is one of the most common inherited disorders of the blood(...)

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One Minute Guide to: Telemetry Inpatient Cardiac Monitoring

One Minute Guide to: Telemetry Inpatient Cardiac Monitoring

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Q: Should cardiac monitoring be routinely ordered for non-ICU in-patients with concern for clinical deterioration to provide early indication of worsening status? The Bottom Line: Cardiac monitoring is indicated for specific patient populations at high risk for life-threatening arrhythmias and should not be used in place of or as an adjunct to close clinical observation.(...)

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Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy

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Have an idea for a new patient safety program but not sure where to start? Employees within Johns Hopkins Medicine who want to develop their skills as change agents for safe, high-quality care are encouraged to apply to the Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy. This nine-month program prepares future leaders to transform the clinical(...)

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One Minute Guide to: Thrombophilia Testing

One Minute Guide to: Thrombophilia Testing

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Q: Should I test my patient with a provoked deep vein thrombosis (DVT) for hereditary thrombophilia? Context: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 300,000 and 600,000 Americans are affected by venous thromboembolism (VTE) yearly. Of these, roughly 60,000 – 100,000 Americans die of VTE yearly, with 25% of deaths occurring within(...)

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New Biocontainment Unit Opens

New Biocontainment Unit Opens

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After seven months of transforming a deactivated clinical unit into a state-of-the-art facility, the new Biocontainment Unit has been unveiled. Lisa Maragakis, medical director of the unit and associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Brian Garibaldi, associate director and assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, will lead(...)

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