Patient Care

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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One Minute Guide to: Fractional Excretion Indices in Acute Kidney Injury

One Minute Guide to: Fractional Excretion Indices in Acute Kidney Injury

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Q: Should we always use fractional excretion indices in the evaluation of acute kidney injury? The Bottom Line: Do not order urine electrolytes to calculate fractional excretion indices as part of the initial evaluation of acute kidney injury. These indices may be helpful in differentiating pre-renal azotemia from acute tubular necrosis in oliguric patients, but(...)

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20th Annual C.R. Bard Inc. Golf Classic

20th Annual C.R. Bard Inc. Golf Classic

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The 20th Annual C.R. Bard Inc. Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 15, at Hayfields Country Club. The fund-raiser benefits patient safety programs at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and is played in a basic scramble format with handicaps. Team prizes will be(...)

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Behavioral Health Leadership Institute Fundraiser

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The Behavioral Health Leadership Institute (BHLI) will hold its inaugural fundraising evening event on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the American Brewery Museum on 1701 North Gay Street in Baltimore. The event will include cabaret, story-telling, food and wine. BHLI is committed to improving health care for vulnerable populations(...)

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One Minute Guide to: High Value Prescribing

One Minute Guide to: High Value Prescribing

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Q: Should I bother to find generic alternatives to brand-name drugs for my patients? The Bottom Line: Prescribing generic alternatives to brand name drugs reduces costs for your patients and may result in improved adherence and clinical benefit. Context: The U.S. healthcare system generates more than 4 billion prescriptions annually (more than 13 prescriptions per(...)

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