Category Archive: Patient Safety & Outcomes

Maternal deaths rose dramatically during COVID-19: 3 study notes

Maternal deaths in the U.S. rose 33 percent after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, according to a study published June 28 in JAMA Network Open. 

Has smell, taste returned for COVID-19 survivors? 2 latest findings

Temporary loss of smell emerged as a common indicator of COVID-19 early in the pandemic. Research into the cause and treatment of the condition, known as anosmia, is ongoing, though recent studies have brought us one step closer to answers. 

What an increasingly anxious workforce means for patient care

Whether a school in Uvalde, Texas, or a hospital campus in Tulsa, Okla., a recent series of violent events are constant reminders of the potential for what could unfold on healthcare workers’ home campuses. The omnipresent anxiety over gun violence in …

Police kill armed patient at Baylor Scott & White hospital

Police fatally shot a patient in the emergency wing of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center–Irving on June 29 after he opened fire on officers, according to local news reports.

Long COVID-19 hard to recognize in older adults

Long COVID-19 is often overlooked in older people despite the age group being at a higher risk to develop symptoms, The Washington Post reported June 26.

1 patient dead in stabbing at Las Vegas hospital

A patient at University Medical Center in Las Vegas stabbed two other patients July 23, killing one, according to police. 

WHO updates respiratory support guidelines for COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization issued a fourth update to its living guidelines on COVID-19 clinical management to include suggesting the use of three devices over standard oxygen therapy, according to a press release sent to Becker’s. The suggestion is …

Long COVID-19 in kids: 3 things to know 

While many studies have estimated how prevalent long COVID-19 is in adults, fewer have explored the risk among children. 

Joint Commission warns of ‘diagnostic overshadowing’ in new sentinel event alert

The Joint Commission on June 22 issued a sentinel event alert to turn more attention to the effects of diagnostic overshadowing — the attribution of symptoms to an existing diagnosis instead of a possible comorbid condition — and actions to address it….

Insufficient drug exposure likely behind COVID-19 rebound symptoms after Paxlovid: Study

Drug resistance or impaired immunity against the coronavirus are likely not the cause of rebound symptoms some patients experience after taking Pfizer’s antiviral Paxlovid, according to a new study from University of California San Diego researchers.&n…

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