2016 Issues

November 2016

Statins Lower Amputation, Death Risk in PAD

Statins appear to lower risk of amputation and death in veterans with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to a recent study.

November 2016

High Mortality for Lower Limb Amputation

While high mortality rates have been reported after major amputations of a lower limb secondary to diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, the mortality rates have varied across studies.

November 2016

Systolic BP Variation Linked to Poor Outcomes

Within individual patients, blood pressure (BP) fluctuates dynamically over time, and previous clinical studies have suggested an adverse link between greater visit-to-visit variability in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and various outcomes, according to a new study.

November 2016

Veterans’ Weight-Loss Issues Different From Those Never Serving

It’s a story VA primary care providers often hear from patients who need to lose weight: Even though they were constantly pressured to maintain a healthy weight and level of fitness while on active military service, veterans never learned much about healthy diets.

November 2016

Bottom-Up VA Innovations Improve Veteran, Staff Experiences

The VA’s recent Innovation Day highlighted 32 projects designed to help VA employees address problems faced every day by them and the veterans they serve.

November 2016

Surgical Wait Times Decrease at VAMC After ‘Lean’ Process Implementation

While automobiles and patient health might seem to involve very different processes, what Japanese car maker Toyota achieved in quality improvement in the 1980s has intrigued hospitals for decades.

November 2016

Wider Use of Biosimilars Promise Significant Savings for VA

Even as biologics offer new options for patients suffering from a wide range of diseases today, their steep prices pose a significant challenge to healthcare system budgets.

November 2016

Predialysis Nephrology Care Advantages Older Veterans

Predialysis nephrology care is associated with lower mortality and rates of hospitalization following chronic dialysis initiation.

November 2016

Numerous Factors Affect Dialysis Initiation at VA

When is the optimal time to initiate maintenance dialysis in individual patients?

November 2016

AKI Linked to Mortality in Combat Injured

While acute kidney injury (AKI) has been associated with mortality after traumatic injury, little data exists on military servicemembers with combat injuries.

November 2016

VA Lags on Revamping Medical Product Catalog

VA must ensure that a revised, narrower product catalog being implemented has the medical and surgical items that the healthcare system’s medical professionals actually need, lawmakers insisted at a recent hearing.

November 2016

VA, Legislators Debate Owning vs. Leasing Medical Buildings

Should VA own or lease its medical facilities and, when it does decide to rent, is it overpaying?

November 2016

VA Finds Diets Allowing More Fat Might Reduce Diabetes, Other Ailments

For 30 years, Americans have focused on reducing fat to lower their risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

November 2016

Telemedicine Allows Army, Indian Health Service to Expand Range of Diabetes Care

To reach the growing number of individuals in their care who have diabetes, both the Army and the Indian Health Service have aggressively adopted telemedicine

November 2016

VA Battles Legislative, Media Criticism of Veterans Crisis Line

The VA is pushing back hard against accusations last month that calls to the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) were not being handled appropriately.

November 2016

More Research Sought on Health Effects of War Zone Burn Pits

The U.S. government must do more to help troops who were exposed to open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan

November 2016

Honored Nurse: No Plans to Retire After 37 Years on Midnight Shift

Drema Bratton, RN, has made it very clear that she has no plans to retire. “They’re going to have to pry me out of here,” declared Huntington VAMC’s Nurse of the Year.

November 2016

Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word

After seven months of bickering and posturing by both parties in Congress, a bill allocating $1.1 billion to deal with the emerging Zika crisis was finally passed on Sept. 28, 2016.


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