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Do Fruit + Drugs Equal Disaster?
Did you know that more than 85 different medications are known to interact with grapefruit juice, and that approximately one-half of these interactions have the potential to cause serious adverse events? According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the Mayo Clinic and other reputable sources, many fruit juices such as orange, apple, cranberry and especially grapefruit, have the ability to interact with many medications...
Preventing Patient Falls: What Works?
Fall-related injuries, both physical and emotional, result in significant morbidity and mortality. Healthcare organizations do not receive reimbursement for treatment of injuries sustained in falls during hospitalization. Fall-related injuries are among the Sentinel Events most frequently reported to the Joint Commission...
A Crisis in Cancer Care
An older population means more cancer, but the number of oncology professionals is dwindling. The Institute of Medicine warned in a 2013 study, that the number of clinicians and other professionals specializing in oncology "may soon be too small to care for..."
Robots in Healthcare: What’s in Store for the Future?
The use of robots in healthcare is a growing trend which seems to be gaining momentum in 2014. From the first robotic surgical assistant more than a decade ago, to new research today, the use of robotics in healthcare is advancing rapidly. In 2000, the da Vinci Surgical System was the first robotic device approved by the FDA to perform surgical procedures. Since then, the system has conducted more than 20,000 surgeries...
Breastfeeding Hospital Initiatives: What’s the Deal?
The new buzz words in maternity care now revolve around the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), which has been around since 1991, but is now gaining momentum in maternity units throughout the U.S. This initiative was piloted through an effort by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO)...
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