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Health care workers are less likely to perform hand hygiene when they move from dirtier to cleaner tasks

Hand Hygiene Compliance Poor in Task Transitions

Hand hygiene compliance was 50.8 percent when health care workers moved from dirtier to cleaner tasks
Most patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction are treated in the intensive care unit

More Than 80 Percent of STEMI Patients Treated in ICU

However, only 16.2 percent of patients develop complications requiring ICU care while hospitalized
More than half of patients initiating statin therapy have a suboptimal low-density lipoprotein cholesterol response within 24 months

Over Half of Patients Have Suboptimal Response to Statins

Suboptimal responders have increased risk for incident cardiovascular disease
Older adults (aged ≥75 years) undergoing antihypertensive treatment with systolic blood pressure (SBP) >150 mm Hg have less cognitive decline than those with SBP <130 mm Hg

Intensive BP Lowering May Up Cognitive Decline in Elderly

For those on antihypertensive treatment, cognitive decline greater with SBP <130 versus >150 mm Hg
A workplace wellness program improves certain self-reported health behaviors but does not impact clinical measures of health or health care spending

Mixed Effects Observed for Workplace Wellness Program

Improvement seen in some self-reported health behaviors but not clinical health markers, health care utilization

American College of Physicians, April 11-13

The American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting 2019 The annual meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP) was held from April...
Normalized blood pressure is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality for older adults during hypertension treatment

Normalizing BP in Elderly With Hypertension May Up Mortality

Blood pressure values less than 140/90 mm Hg tied to increased mortality risk for octogenarians
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy on added sugar labeling could be a cost-effective way of improving health

Added Sugar Labeling Could Reduce CVD, Diabetes Cases

Labeling would result in gain in quality-adjusted life-years and health care and societal cost savings
Standardizing demographic data can improve the accuracy of patient matching

Standardizing Demographics Ups Accuracy of Patient Matching

Standardization of address and last name improved sensitivity from 81.3 to 91.6 percent
For carefully selected pediatric patients

Operator-Directed Sedation Seems Safe in Peds Cardiac Cath

ODS is not associated with increased risk for adverse events among carefully selected patients