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When Social Media and Patient Privacy Collide Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 19:01

Earlier this month, three employees of an assisted living facility in Glendale, Arizona were let go after allegedly videotaping patients and posting them to Snapchat. The video shows employees making fun of elderly residents in their care and, instead of taking care of one woman asking for help, the employee continues to film and make fun of her. To its credit, management said it was investigating the matter and that it also had been reported to the State Board of Nursing as well as the Arizona Department of Health Services for review. The matter came to management's attention thanks to a whistleblower (a nurse) who saw the video on Snapchat and reported it.

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Last Updated on Friday, 05 January 2018 19:20
Gastric Cancer Risk Doubled With Long-term PPI Use Print E-mail
Written by Megan Brooks | Medscape   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 00:00
Use of a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) after Helicobacter pylori eradication more than doubles the risk for gastric cancer, according to a population-based study from Hong Kong. The "clear dose-response and time-response" trend in PPI use and gastric cancer risk observed suggests the need for "caution when prescribing long-term PPIs to these patients even after successful eradication of H. pylori," write Wai Keung Leung, MBChB, MD, from Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, and colleagues. The study was published online October 31 in Gut.
Case Study: Wrong Site Surgery Print E-mail
Written by Hall B. Whitworth, Jr., MD | Mutual Matters   
Monday, 09 October 2017 00:00

A 49-year-old man underwent a colonoscopy by a colorectal surgeon who identified a large, firm tumor causing partial narrowing, approximately 60-70 cm from the entry site. Pathology of this tumor was suspicious for carcinoma. In addition, a polypectomy was performed at a different location, and the site was tattooed. Pathology of this second site was consistent with tubulovillous adenoma.
Two weeks later, the same surgeon performed a partial colectomy of the tattooed area, believing it to be the marker for the tumor to be removed. On further consideration, after the procedure, the surgeon reviewed the colonoscopy and pathology reports and realized the wrong portion of the colon had been removed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 18:38
New STD Cases Hit Record High in U.S. Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 02 October 2017 00:00

Sandee LaMotte reports for CNN on September 28, 2017:

In 2016, Americans were infected with more than 2 million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
"STDs are out of control with enormous health implications for Americans," said David Harvey, Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. The coalition represents state, local and territorial health departments who focus on preventing STDs. "If not treated, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis can have serious consequences, such as infertility, neurological issues, and an increased risk for HIV," said Harvey.

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 October 2017 11:37
FDA OKs First Duodenoscope With Disposable Cap Print E-mail
Written by Robert Lowes | Medscape   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today <9/20/17> approved the first duodenoscope with a disposable, single-use distal cap, which will make it easier to decontaminate the device and thereby reduce the threat of spreading deadly antibiotic-resistant infections.

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