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Clinical Accuracy Spoken Here
Facts on Men and HD
  • Studies indicate an average reduction of 12 to 13 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure over 4 years of follow-up was associated with a 21% reduction in coronary heart disease, 37% reduction in stroke, and 13% reduction in all-cause mortality rates.

  • Studies suggest that a 10% decrease in total cholesterol levels may reduce the development of coronary heart disease by 30%.

  • Results from the Framingham Heart Study suggest that men have a 49% lifetime risk of developing coronary heart disease after age 40.
Athena Forum – CV Risk: Stroke and MI, Module A, Pathophysiology www.athenaforum.com

RA Treatment Paradigm Shift

The treatment of RA has undergone a radical paradigm shift in the last decade which has resulted in improved outcomes. In the past, treatment was initially symptom-driven. As the disease progressed, new medications were added to the regimen. Currently, aggressive therapy early on is the standard. Such treatment primarily controls the disease and its progression, thereby simultaneously relieving symptoms. Early treatment has been shown to retard the development of joint damage for a period of up to five years.

Athena Forum – RA:, Module C, Treatment and Interventions
Excellence in Case Mgmnt
Patient Involved in Goal Setting?
The discharge planner may want to meet with the patient and family to discuss their concerns and goals before discussing goal possibilities with the team. If the discharge planner thinks something in the assessment needs clarification, input from the team may be helpful before talking to the patient and family. Whatever the order of involvement, the patient’s and family’s involvement in goal setting is especially critical. If they are not involved, they may have no interest in goals set by a third person and refuse to adhere to plans they feel forced into.
{Reference: Athena Forum – Discharge Planning: Module A, Steps to DCP]
In the Headlines . . .
Palm scan helps reduce errors

Using a biometric infrared palm scan lets hospitals create a patient ID system that is compatible with electronic health records. The system uses vein patterns, said to be 100 times more unique than fingerprints, to reduce errors and patient misidentification. It is currently in use at about 10 hospitals. ANA SmartBrief (6/20) ana@smartbrief.com

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