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Monthly Healthcare Buzz…

 

CDC released evidence-based pediatric mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) guidelines earlier this month. The guideline consists of 19 clinical recommendations sets covering diagnosis, prognosis, and management and treatment.

Florida schools ask parents to reveal some history about their children’s mental health when registering for school in wake of the Parkland high school shooting. The school districts hope to use the information to get students the mental care they need, but parents worry the information may be used against their children.

In a new study, a tiny device showed promising results in converting a barely functional mitral valve into one that is able to regulate the blood flow in and out of the heart. Cardiologists predict a quick approval by the FDA for patients with severe heart failure; it has already been approved for patients too frail for surgery.

Leaders in the HIV field begin to believe halting the transmission of the disease in the United States is a possible goal. Although stopping the transmission entirely is still largely theoretical, the tools to do so are available. Today’s antiretroviral drug can drive down the virus to undetectable levels and the people who reach that state are not contagious – it seems even if they have unprotected sex.

A new technique in breast cancer reconstruction may reduce pain and weakness for some patients. Instead of placing the implants under the pectoralis major muscles, the implants are placed on top. This approach is made possible using biological mesh products, acellular dermal matrices, that can substitute the muscle usually placed on top of the implant.

Practical Tips to Prevent Physician Burnout

 

Staff engagement and retention are the missing parts of the equation in the Triple Aim. It may be time to shift to a Quadruple Aim. By taking better care of physicians, they can, in turn, provide better care to their patients. The Annals of Family Medicine suggest some practical steps to address this fourth aim.

  • Use pre-visit planning and laboratory testing to cut wasted time on reviews and follow-ups.
  • Incorporate team documentation: assisting staff, present during patient visits, can enter some or all documentation.
  • Ensure staff accepting new responsibilities are well trained and understand their importance in providing patient care.
  • Standardize workflows for refilling prescriptions.

High levels of organization coordination and commitment are needed to achieve the Quadruple Aim; it is not an easy task. If your team is experiencing burnout it may be time to invest in new software to make their jobs easier and increase work satisfaction. Intelligent, streamlined software could actually decrease the time spent in front of a screen and put physicians back where they want to be: face-to-face with their patients.

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