2015 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Introduction

Introduction

One of my earliest memories is walking with my grandfather down the main street of my hometown in southeast Georgia and stopping to talk to a man with a barrel of paper flowers. After greeting him, Grandpop George reached out and shook his hand. He then put some money in a box on the table and selected a bright red flower. I was thrilled when he handed it to me.

Handbook, Technological Advances Help VA Improve Pressure Ulcer Care

Handbook, Technological Advances Help VA Improve Pressure Ulcer Care

Spinal Injury Patients Especially at Risk Quality organizations consider serious pressure ulcers to be “Never Events,” for U.S. hospitals, and the VA has made great strides in improving prevention and treatment for the adverse events. Now, technological advances promise to… Read More

VA Tops in Experience With Rare Lymphomas, Looks for More Effective Treatments

VA Tops in Experience With Rare Lymphomas, Looks for More Effective Treatments

As the healthcare system with the most experience treating older men, the VA has special expertise in treating uncommon diseases that plague them, such as peripheral T-cell lymphoma. The current challenge for clinicians is to find ways to raise the… Read More

With Prostate Cancer Diagnosed Younger, Treatment Options Under Fierce Debate

With Prostate Cancer Diagnosed Younger, Treatment Options Under Fierce Debate

Since the mid-1980s, six times as many men under 55 now are receiving prostate cancer diagnoses, and the younger patients face considerably higher mortality rates. With the stakes even greater, the debate continues on whether too much screening is being… Read More

VA Leads Efforts to Develop Treatments for Rare Blood Disorders

VA Leads Efforts to Develop Treatments for Rare Blood Disorders

Hope for Future Treatment of Polycethmia Vera, Myelofibrosis Rare blood disorders such as polycethmia vera and myelofibrosis can cause a debilitating series of symptoms for the middle-aged and elderly patients who suffer from them. VA researchers all across the nation… Read More

‘Undiagnosing’ Multiple Sclerosis: Managing Patients Who Really Don’t Have It

‘Undiagnosing’ Multiple Sclerosis: Managing Patients Who Really Don’t Have It

As many as 10% of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis actually don’t and are receiving treatment for the wrong condition.

Despite Outcry About Cost, New HCV Therapies Likely to Save Money at VA

Despite Outcry About Cost, New HCV Therapies Likely to Save Money at VA

Amid all the outcry over the high cost of new hepatitis C therapies, including congressional hearings, a simple fact has been overlooked: The VA expects to save money in the long run because of the drugs’ high cure rates. By… Read More

Epilepsy Risk 18 Times Greater Wiith Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury

Epilepsy Risk 18 Times Greater Wiith Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury

More than 300,000 military servicemembers have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury since 2000, and those suffering a penetrating or severe TBI have an 18 times greater chance of being diagnosed with the neurological condition, according to a new study.… Read More

VA/DoD Issue First COPD Guideline Update Since 2007

VA/DoD Issue First COPD Guideline Update Since 2007

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increasingly is viewed by clinicians as a systemic disease that is treatable, instead of a debilitating lung disease that offers few options for patients.

Point-of-Care Testing Helps VA EDs Meet Speedy Treatment Goals

Point-of-Care Testing Helps VA EDs Meet Speedy Treatment Goals

VA emergency departments around the country have a goal when it comes to patients they receive.

VA Goal: Reducing Heart Failure Admissions 10% in Two Years

VA Goal: Reducing Heart Failure Admissions 10% in Two Years

The national readmission rate for veterans hospitalized with heart failure within 30 days is 20.87%, but the VA is working to ratchet that percentage down while still providing all necessary care for the patients. Key to the effort is the… Read More