I'm a Virus Expert and Here's How to Not Catch Delta
Karen Jubanyik, MD Wed, September 15, 2021, 7:45 AM·5 min read Karen Jubanyik, MD, emergency medicine physician at Yale Medicine, associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, and co-author of Beat the Coronavirus: Strategies for Staying Safe and Coping With the New Normal During the COVID-19 Pandemic, tells us how not to catch Delta.Source: Eat This, Not That
Gettel Receives NIA GEMSSTAR Award and NIA IMPACT Collaboratory CDA
Cameron Gettel, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine recently received two awards to further develop his research portfolio at the intersection of geriatrics and emergency care. The awards include the National institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging’s Grants for Early Medical and Surgical Subspecialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) as well as a Career Development Award from the NIA Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory.
Yale Study Finds Black Children Most Likely to be Physically Restrained in Emergency Department Visits
A new paper by Yale researchers finds racial disparities in the use of physical restraints on children who are admitted to the emergency department. Black children are more likely than White children to be subdued with restraints during ED visits, the study finds.
What is the Opioid Crisis?
This week, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital Physician-in-Chief Dr. Gail D’Onofrio joins Abby in the classroom to help with her lesson plan on the opioid crisis. Dr. D’Onofio explains what opioids are, how the opioid epidemic began and what we can do to try and put an end to the crisis.Source: Fox News Radio
Data Suggests Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Still Effective Against Delta Variant
With the rise of the highly transmissible Delta variant, many are concerned that the current COVID-19 vaccines may not hold up. But, if you've got the Johnson & Johnson shot—new research suggests not to worry. You're likely protected from severe disease.Source: Very Well Health
High-dose Buprenorphine in EDs May Improve Patient Outcomes
The study found that giving higher doses of buprenorphine in EDs may provide a longer period of relief to people after they are discharged, which may help them navigate barriers to access to follow-up care before they experience withdrawal symptoms.Source: YaleNews
Here's How Quickly The Heat Can Dehydrate You
This summer is a scorching one. The western half of the U.S. continues to be gripped by extreme heat. Millions are under heat alerts, mussels and clams are cooking in the ocean, and wildfires are erupting out West. It’s not so cool back East either. June had Easterners sweltering in hot, humid air, with some areas recording temperatures in the high 90s for days in a row. Heat waves are no joke, and some hospitals are gearing up for a surge in dehydration and heat-illness-related calls.Source: HuffPost
Boatright Named YSM Teaching and Learning Center Faculty Associate for DEI Educator Development
Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Dowin Boatright, MD, MBA, MHS, took on an additional role on July 1, 2021— YSM Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) faculty associate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) educator development.
The Overdose Crisis: Harm Reduction in U.S. Health Policy
On May 20, Yale’s Department of Internal Medicine and Program in Addiction Medicine hosted its first event on Clubhouse, a social networking app that allows members to gather in audio chat rooms and discuss issues in a live podcast style. The event focused on the drug overdose in the United States and incorporation of harm reduction into U.S. health policy and practice.
How to travel during extreme heat
When you’re on the road, the worst heat is the kind you don’t expect. I learned that uncomfortable truth in Buellton, Calif., a place known for its comfortable climate. My recent trip taught me a surprising lesson on how to travel during extreme heat. Buellton is no Death Valley. It’s located halfway between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria near the California coast. That’s a part of the Golden State with a reputation for year-round Mediterranean temperatures. But the weather gods had other plans when I visited in June. Daytime temperatures soared into the high 90s. The oppressive heat kept us confined to our room at the Sideways Inn, with the air conditioning cranked as high as it would go, waiting until the evening to venture out.Source: Washington Post
Identifying with a Team Helps Prevent Stress and Burnout among Healthcare Workers
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, an emergency room doctor and three Yale SOM experts in organizational behavior launched a study to look for ways to protect the well-being of overwhelmed healthcare workers. They found that feeling like part of a team reduced reported stress and burnout—an insight with implications for how any kind of organization can weather a crisis.Source: Yale Insights
ER visits in the US plunged in the pandemic, and that’s not good
For about two decades since the late 1990s, the US has seen a rise in emergency room visits that outpaced population growth. Emergency departments can be expensive for hospitals to run, and overuse of them is often taken as a sign of an inefficient system. Then Covid-19 happened, and ER visits plummeted. In the first months of the pandemic, ER visits in the US fell 42% compared to the previous year, and remained lower throughout the year.Source: Quartz
Reduced-Dose CT Effective for Kidney Stone Imaging
Reduced-dose CT not only does a good job in imaging patients for kidney stones, but it also lowers the overall radiation exposure for individuals who might need repeated imaging. But, the protocols aren’t implemented as frequently as they should be, experts say. In a study published in the June 8 Journal of the American College of Radiology, a team of investigators from Yale University School of Medicine pointed out that use of the protocol falls far below the “as low as reasonably achievable” goal. In their findings, they outlined the efficacy of the reduced-dose protocol and the impact greater utilization could have.Source: Diagnostic Imaging
CT COVID numbers lowest in 8 months, mass vaccination sites to close down
The state’s COVID-19 positivity rate remains under one percent and experts say it’s turning a corner in the pandemic, crediting vaccination efforts across Connecticut. In Monday’s COVID briefing, Governor Ned Lamont announced the total number of hospitalizations and the seven-day positivity rate in the state are the lowest they’ve been in eight months. With the numbers so low, the governor says he’ll be holding off on his daily coronavirus briefings for a while. His focus now turning to vaccine incentives and winding down mass vaccination sites.Source: WTNH
The best expert-approved face masks to wear on long flights: KN95s and more
It’s been nearly 15 months since the Coronavirus pandemic turned our worlds upside down. Luckily with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and restrictions slowly being lifted around the country, things may be back to normal sooner than we think. While it’s unlikely things will completely go back to our pre-pandemic society, many people are starting to do things they haven’t done in a while — like traveling. But wearing masks while flying is still recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite the easing of other precautions.Source: New York Post
Emergency Medical Care: How Anticipating Catastrophe Makes a Difference
In October 2020, an Azerbaijani reconnaissance drone flew over Abovyan, Armenia. In the days that followed, signs were put up on building entrances around Yerevan, pointing residents to the nearest air raid shelter and cautioning them to have a bag packed with their important documents. People described the events as surreal, unexpected. We’re surrounded by unfriendly neighbors; how could this take us by surprise? Still it did.Source: EVN Report