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As COVID Continues, Can Hospitals Create Better Bed Management Through Math?
The COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on a significant healthcare problem: a sudden inundation of critically ill patients can take a hospital’s bed capacity to the limit – and beyond.
“COVID threw healthcare into an enormous temporary imbalance, especially early on as hospitals struggled to manage the influx of patients,” says Sanjeev Agrawal, co-author with Mohan Giridharadas of Better Healthcare Through Math (www.leantaas.com).
“Now there are concerns that another wave of the virus will once again put hospitals and their bed capacities to the test.”
Agrawal and Giridharadas, senior executives at LeanTaaS, a software company that focuses on improving healthcare operations, say that while the pandemic may have exacerbated the problem with hospital bed capacity, it didn’t create it.
Hospitals have confronted a lack of bed space for years, struggling to figure out how to match t
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Duke University School of Nursing Marks 90 Years
Since its beginning in 1931, the Duke University School of Nursing has become a place where faculty and students from around the world come to study and grow into progressive nursing leaders capable of revolutionizing the profession. The School has truly become a Destination for Outstanding Talent.
Over the next few months, the School will commemorate its illustrious history with a 90th Anniversary Celebration. The celebration officially commenced on September 10 with the sixth annual State of the School Address presented by Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing and Ruby Wilson Professor of Nursing; vice chancellor for nursing affairs, Duke University; associate vice president for academic affairs for nursing, Duke University Health System.
The School’s origins can be traced to 1925 when industrialist James B. Duke dedicated a $4 million
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Study Links Patients Living in Disadvantaged Areas to Inadequate Screening for Obesity
Obesity is a worldwide health epidemic, and here in Missouri, more than 35% of adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previous studies have shown that socioeconomic disadvantages increase the risk of obesity. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care discovered how a tool called the Area Deprivation Index (ADI) can predict a person’s obesity risk based on his or her home address. The study also discovered those at highest risk for obesity were most likely to have missing body mass index (BMI) data in their health records, indicating inadequate obesity monitoring.
“This evidence-based data has the potential to help primary care physicians identify patients who lack the experience of being a self-advocate to ensure the health care they need,” said Lincoln Sheets, MD, PhD, assistant research professor at the M
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Center for Lyme Action Launches "Moonshot" Plan to Eliminate Lyme Disease by 2030
The Center for Lyme Action, a leading nonprofit dedicated to increasing federal funding for Lyme disease research, held a "Call to Action" on-line event and issued a report outlining a "Moonshot" strategy for eliminating Lyme Disease by 2030.
"Lyme disease now affects more than 300,000 Americans each year, with the number of cases growing steadily. A broad mix of modern trends and practices are to blame, including climate change, international travel, changes in land use and deforestation of rural areas. This means the disease in reality threatens all Americans. It demands a comprehensive national strategy with strong bipartisan support," said Bonnie Crater, co-founder of the Center for Lyme Action.
Lyme disease is the most prevalent vector-borne and tick-borne illness in the Country. Between 1-2 million have Persistent Lyme disease with debilitating symptoms. Estimated economic costs