Pediatric cardiac surgeons at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., perform the Stage 1 Norwood surgery to correct the hearts of infants born with congenital defects.1 They find postoperative management after Stage 1 Norwood surgery particularly challenging because of the lack of real-time monitoring or data about systemic and pulmonary blood flow.
Trump Administration Announces Plan to Change Kidney Care in the U.S.
President Trump signed an executive order to launch Advancing American Kidney Health, which is designed to increase earlier intervention, incentivize dialysis providers to direct more patients to home hemodialysis and increase the number of kidneys available for transplant.
Specifically, the initiative aims to:
Hemodialysis patients who do not feel well at the end of a session are subject to an unidentified decrease in Cardiac Index. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are at increased risk of complications and death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). In fact, mortality rates from CVD are up to 30 times higher for ESRD patients than those in the general population.
As a physician leader, you play a significant role in a healthcare organization’s culture and success. You’re responsible for maintaining healthy relationships with your staff, peers and the patients you serve.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is is a major 21st century medical challenge. More than 650,000 patients per year in the United States and an estimated 2 million patients worldwide are affected by end stage renal disease (ESRD). These patients will require renal replacement therapy to survive. The rapid rise of common risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, especially among the poor in developing nations, will result in even greater and additional burdens on medical communities.
Outset Medical Appoints New Chief Financial Officer
Rebecca Chambers is the company’s new CFO. Prior to joining Outset Medical, Chambers worked at Illumina Inc.
Source: Nephrology News & Issues
Evolving healthcare technology offers plenty of advantages for healthcare professionals and enhances the quality of care they provide. But there’s a dark side to implementing advanced tech in hospitals and private practices.
Cybercrime is on the rise, and all the information we collect and store makes the healthcare industry a prime target for data-hungry hackers. In fact, 34 percent of the ransomware attacks in 2017 impacted healthcare organizations, according to a report by Cylance.
Luckily, there are a few ways you can help strengthen your defense. Here’s what you need to know about healthcare cybersecurity.
Excerpted from Emily Lockhart
Sunday, March 25th, 2018
The gradual progression from unhealthy kidneys to chronic kidney disease (CKD) and finally to kidney failure is often very subtle with very few symptoms in the early stages. Fifteen of the most common signs of kidney failure include:
As a physician, jetting off on lengthy trips abroad to immerse yourself in new cultures can seem a far-fetched dream — something only available to those with careers that allow them to work remotely. After all, in this occupation, taking extended vacations can be tricky.
Kidney Care UK is the United Kingdom’s leading kidney patient support association, providing practical, financial and emotional support for renal patients and their families. It campaigns to improve care services across the United Kingdom.
For more than 40 years, the association has been working to improve the quality of life for kidney patients and their families. It works tirelessly to improve renal care policy and practice in order to improve patient lives. It gives renal patients a strong and influential voice at the highest level.