VA Expands Initiatives to Prevent Multi-Drug Resistant Organism Infection

VA Expands Initiatives to Prevent Multi-Drug Resistant Organism Infection

The VA’s methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) prevention initiative reduced healthcare-associated MRSA infections 69% in VA acute care facilities and 81% in spinal cord injury units in five years. The VA hopes to see similar success in preventing infections with Clostridium difficile (CDI) and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) — and the MRSA bundle itself may help them do that.

Aug 09, 2015 | View Article
New DHA Screening Process Brings Drug Compounding Costs to 2% of April Levels

New DHA Screening Process Brings Drug Compounding Costs to 2% of April Levels

DHA Pharmacy Chief Says “Nefarious Actors” Targeted Beneficiaries By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON — In April, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) spent $18 million a day in compound drug claims. By July, the daily costs had dropped to $360,000 as… Read More

Aug 09, 2015 | View Article
Honored Navy Pharmacy Leader Seeks to Improve Patient Experiences

Honored Navy Pharmacy Leader Seeks to Improve Patient Experiences

By Steve Lewis BREMERTON, WA — From the time he was named to head the pharmacy at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) 18 months ago, Lt. Cmdr. Eric Parsons’ primary goal has been to enhance the patient experience. In some cases,… Read More

Aug 09, 2015 | View Article
Life’s hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid

Life’s hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid

A friend and colleague recently used John Wayne’s quote after bringing a recent malpractice suit to my attention. The case involved an anesthesiologist, gastroenterologist and a medical assistant in Vienna, VA, who were involved in the care of a patient presenting for a screening colonoscopy.

Aug 09, 2015 | View Article
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  • Bills Propose More Leeway to Discipline VA Staff

    Bills Propose More Leeway to Discipline VA Staff

    Healthcare Employees Targeted in Some Versions By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — A bill recently passed by the House of Representatives would make it easier for VA to demote or fire employees beyond the senior executive service (SES) level, including healthcare… Read More

    Aug 09, 2015 | View Article

  • Caution Urged in Prescribing Benzodiazepines to Veterans Using Opioids

    Caution Urged in Prescribing Benzodiazepines to Veterans Using Opioids

    Researchers are urging VA clinicians to be cautious about prescribing benzodiazepines to veterans already taking opioid painkillers.

    That’s in light of a new study, published online recently by the British Medical Journal, finding that nearly half of all veterans who died from drug overdoses while on opioids were also receiving higher doses of benzodiazepines, often used for anxiety, insomnia or alcohol withdrawal.

    Aug 09, 2015 | View Article

  • Other Recent Articles

  • Do you agree with legislation to make it easier for VA management to take disciplinary action against physicians and other healthcare workers?

    Please read this article and participate in this month’s online opinion poll: Do you agree with legislation to make it easier for VA management to take disciplinary action against physicians and other healthcare workers? Yes No Not Sure Current Results

    Aug 10, 2015 | View Article

  • Metabolic Demand No Greater for Young, Fit, Active Amputees

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, TX — While previous research has reported greater metabolic demand of walking following transtibial amputation (TTA), primarily in older, less active and often dysvascular patients, a new study sought to determine if that is also the case… Read More

    Jul 27, 2015 | View Article

  • Increasing Physical Activity Among Older Veterans with Lower Limb-Loss

    SEATTLE — What type of regular physical activity is performed by older veterans with limb loss? A study recently published the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development sought to determine that.1 Researchers from VA Puget Sound Health Care System in… Read More

    Jul 27, 2015 | View Article