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Prescription Drug Coverage for ESRD Patients

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Sep 30, 2019

(Gleaned from the 2018 USRDS Annual Data Report: Volume II: Chapter 10)

Pharmaceutical therapy is integral to ESRD treatment and has positive health outcomes. Medications combined with the clinical and socioeconomic status of ESRD patients make their prescription drug benefits particularly important. Drug coverage, drug-related costs, and patterns of prescription drug use for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients is irrelevant information. Analgesics used by ESRD patients is of particular interest because of the continuing opioid epidemic. Another category of prescription meds worth examining is prescription antivirals, a category with high and growing costs.

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5 Stats and Facts About the Looming Physician Shortage

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Sep 25, 2019

The upcoming physician shortage may be more serious than previously expected, according to data shared by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in its 2019 report, Physician Supply and Demand A 15-Year Outlook: Key Findings.

The report, based on a study by economic modeling and forecasting firm IHS Markit, analyzes projects from 2017 through 2032. The sobering data outlines the growing need for new physicians, despite positive changes in public health. If not addressed immediately, the discrepancy between supply and demand could lead to a serious crisis.

Here are five important takeaways from this survey:

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Cardiovascular Disease in ESRD Patients

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Sep 23, 2019

(Gleaned from the 2018 USRDS Annual Data Report: Volume II: Chapter 8)

Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are among the highest risk populations for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs)—a major cause of death in ESRD patients. The relationship between kidney disease and acute myocardial infarction (AMI), coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure (HF), and sudden death/cardiac arrhythmias is complex and bi-directional. ESRD often complicates disease management of CVD, influencing both medical and procedural options, thereby adversely affecting a patient’s prognosis.

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Topics: Hemodialysis

Transonic Launches New Co-engineering Site

Posted by John Haberstock on Sep 17, 2019

Shortly after its inception in 1983, Transonic began partnering with outside companies as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

Transonic’s OEM applications range from the use of standard Transonic products straight off the shelf to customized devices that wouldn't normally be recognized as a Transonic device.

Together with our collaborators, we have expanded previous flow measurement ranges to include measurements in ultra-low flow applications, such as cerebrospinal fluids, lymph and other novel mediums.

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Topics: oem

Study: Does Limiting Residency Work Hours Affect Performance?

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Sep 16, 2019

Long shifts and little time off have always been associated with healthcare professions — specifically physician training. For many new medical practitioners, sleepless nights and holidays on-the-clock feel like a right-of-passage.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

ESRD Among Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Sep 11, 2019

(Gleaned from the 2018 USRDS Annual Data Report: Volume II: Chapter 7)

In children, adolescents and young adults, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is caused by both congenital and acquired disorders. A majority of children with ESRD will depend on the spectrum of the available renal replacement therapies throughout their lifetime, including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and transplantation. Throughout their ESRD experience, children are at risk for failure to grow, frequent hospitalizations, and significantly higher mortality than the general pediatric population. Hospitalizations due to medical or surgical indications are a particular burden to the ESRD population.

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Topics: Hemodialysis

Video: Cerebrovascular Neurosurgeon on the Importance of Flow Measurement During Cerebrovascular Surgery

Posted by Tim Callahan on Sep 9, 2019

Many cerebrovascular neurosurgeons use a Doppler flow probe to measure flow velocity during a procedure. However, a Transit-time ultrasound micro-flowprobe provides more objective volume flow measurements during cerebrovascular surgical procedures.

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Physician Specialists are in Demand: The Latest Information

Posted by Tim Callahan on Sep 4, 2019

Medical specialists are in increasing demand, as evidenced by the latest data tracking physician recruitment and salary trends from Merritt Hawkins. The data show that hospitals, health systems and other medical groups are seeking more physician specialists and fewer primary care physicians.

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Acute Kidney Injury (AKI): CKD Risk Factor

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Sep 2, 2019

(Gleaned from the 2018 USRDS Annual Data Report: Volume 1, Chapter 5: www.usrds.org)

Acute kidney injury (AKI), also called acute renal failure, is a rapid loss of kidney function. It is a common complication among hospitalized patients and is associated with both morbidity and mortality. 

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HealthCorps Teaches American Youth Wellness

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Aug 28, 2019

Founded by cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2003, HealthCorps is an American non-profit organization that provides school-based and organizational health education and peer mentoring, in addition to community outreach to under-served populations – mostly Hispanic and African American. Its mission is to make students happier and more productive by giving them life-saving skills in nutrition, fitness and mental resilience as well as CPR training, organ donation and more. The program claims to impact from 400 to 600 high school students per school per year.

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