Hwang among team of GEAR Network researchers focused on improving emergency care for people living with dementia
Ula Hwang, MD co-authors a new collection of research papers that set out priority areas to better provide emergency care for people living with dementia in the United States. Four papers and an accompanying editorial were published today in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. The GEAR Network is focused on areas of research that need to be undertaken to provide the best care for people living with dementia when they arrive at the emergency department.
Hwang spearheads Yale New Haven Health System hospitals earning special geriatric accreditation
Ula Hwang, MD instrumental in Yale New Haven Health System receiving the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) elite Health System Geriatric Emergency Department accreditation designating eight of their facilities as senior friendly.
The Case for a Team Approach to Manage Agitated Patients
Dr. Ambrose Wong, director of simulation research at Yale School of Medicine and assistant professor of emergency medicine, worked with colleagues to design a protocol to quickly respond to cases involving patients who exhibit signs of agitation that may be accelerating.Source: Healthcare Risk Management: Relias Media
Findings from Yale Fellowship cohort study uses mapping of emergency department asthma visits to identify poor-quality housing in New Haven
Housing conditions are a key driver of asthma incidence and severity. Recognizing that previous studies revealed an increase in emergency department (ED) visits for asthma among residents living in poor-quality housing, in 2018, fellows in the Yale National Clinical Scholars program, launched a cohort study to evaluate whether ED visits for asthma can be used to identify poor-quality housing to support proactive and early intervention.
Health Headlines: Those with COVID may need to isolate longer
In today’s health headlines, why those with COVID may need to isolate longer. Plus, when can we expect reformulated COVID boosters? Dr. Arjun Venkatesh, Chief of Emergency Medicine Administration at Yale Medicine and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine is discussing these topics.Source: WTNH
Digital Tool Helps Emergency Department Doctors Treat Opioid Use Disorder
The study found that in the EDs where EMBED was available, significantly more physicians initiated buprenorphine treatment than in those EDs without the tool. Further, while not every physician used EMBED even when it was available to them, when the tool was used it was associated with high rates of treatment initiation.Source: YaleNews
When Will It Be Time For Another COVID Booster? Here's What Experts Think.
We’ve seen second COVID-19 boosters recommended for older adults and people with underlying health conditions — but what about the general population? Will another booster shot be recommended for everyone in the fall to fend off a winter surge? Or will the next booster campaign be geared to those most at risk for developing severe disease?Source: HuffPost
Health Headlines: Wednesday is the last day for emergency authorization for COVID shots for kids under 5
In today’s health headlines, this is decision day for emergency authorization for COVID shots for kids under 5. Plus, new information is out today on paxlovan tablets for COVID. Dr. Arjun Venkatesh, Chief of Emergency Medicine Administration at Yale Medicine, and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, is discussing these topics.Source: WTNH
Health Headlines: New COVID vaccine targets omicron, monkeypox travel warning and successful cancer trial
In health headlines, Moderna has created the first COVID-19 vaccine that targets a variant, the CDC raises the travel warning to level two for overseas travel due to monkeypox and a cancer drug that eradicated tumors in a small trial. Drug maker Moderna said its new combination vaccine is much more effective against the omicron variant and will likely produce more antibodies several months down the line. Experts say that could create a road map for a yearly vaccine, much like the flu vaccine.Source: WTNH
How CT is combating youth mental health crisis
Across the nation, the number of adolescents reporting poor mental health is increasing. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2021 survey released in March showed that 37 percent of high school students experienced poor mental health during the pandemic and 44 percent said they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the previous year.Source: The Middletown Press
M.D.-Ph.D. programs have increased diversity — but there’s still work to do
Physician scientists with both medical degrees and Ph.D.’s are major contributors to the biomedical workforce. While they represent just 4% of medical school graduates in the United States, they receive around half of all the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding awarded to physicians. However, the M.D.-Ph.D. population has historically lacked gender and racial/ethnic diversity. So in 2009, funding agencies began to tie financial support to diversity efforts. In a recent study, Yale researchers examined whether those changes have made an impact. According to their findings, recently published in the journal Academic Medicine, M.D.-Ph.D. programs have become more diverse, but there’s still room for improvement.Source: Yale News
Racial Disparities Laid Bare in Restraint Use in Pediatric Emergency Patients
Black children are more likely to be physically restrained in the emergency department than white children, with researchers saying the results reflect racism “within and beyond the emergency care continuum.” The results were borne out even after adjusting for sociodemographic and clinical characteristics (adjusted odds ratio: 1.80), said investigators at the Yale University School of Medicine. Previous studies have found racial disparities in the use of restraints in the ED among adult patients, but little attention has been paid to this issue in children.Source: Emergency Medicine News
COVID Headlines: Masks on planes; Are vaccines coming for kids 4 and under?
Many planning to travel this summer are wondering if mask mandates will return to airline and public transportation travel. The Justice Department has made a plea to a federal appeals court aimed at bringing mandatory mask wearing back on airline travel. Yale Medicine Physician Arjun Venkatesh said wearing masks on an airplane, mandate or not, is still just common sense.Source: WTNH
What Is 'Paxlovid Rebound'? CDC Warns of COVID-19 Recurrence After Antiviral Treatment
Some patients who have taken Pfizer's Paxlovid medication—an antiviral drug used to prevent severe illness from COVID-19—have experienced a recurrence in their symptoms in the days after completing the treatment.Source: Health
Dr. Sharon Chekijian Collaborates with AUA to Develop Armenia’s Emergency Response Systems
Dr. Sharon Anoush Chekijian is an esteemed medical doctor, director, and assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine who recently joined the exclusive group of ChangeMakers of the American University of Armenia (AUA). With a strong belief in the power of education to take Armenia towards a brighter future, she is committed to extending her personal and professional expertise to the next generation of forward-thinkers and leaders.Source: AUA Newsroom
Health Headlines: How many times can you catch COVID?
COVID-19 reinfections are now being seen more often by doctors in the U.S. and in Connecticut. “COVID reinfections are certainly possible just like many other viruses we’ve had in the past, the common cold you can get a reinfection from,” said Yale’s Chief of Emergency Medicine Administration Dr. Arjun Venkatesh.Source: WTNH