Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health in New Hampshire will implement Royal Philips' eICU program, staring with medical, surgical and neurology ICUs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the ICU at Cheshire Medical Center. Just 47% of ICUs in US hospitals employ a full-time intensivist, so telehealth technology to monitor critically ill patients can improve quality of care, especially in rural areas, the companies said.
The AVMA recently updated its antimicrobials resistance resources and added new information and tools to support veterinarians' antimicrobials stewardship efforts. A new AVMA policy clarifies the definitions of prevention, control and treatment, and a checklist for implementing antimicrobials stewardship programs is under development.
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy and the Department of Defense are funding a $2.6 million, three-year study on the association between brain injury and epilepsy. Researchers from Virginia Tech's School of Neuroscience, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine will collaborate on the study.
Deer and elk hunters should have carcasses tested for chronic wasting disease at an official testing station and avoid consuming meat from infected animals, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said. Officials are trying to prevent an outbreak of CWD, which would force them to mandate more stringent protocols.
The Texas A&M University System Regents approved $39.6 million to build the Veterinary Education, Research & Outreach Center and replace the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.
Huge earwax plugs from dead whales are held in museum collections around the world, and scientists studying those plugs have pieced together a picture of how human activity has affected whales. The research, published in Nature Communications, showed that cortisol levels fell after hunting restrictions were imposed, rose during World War II, and have risen rapidly since 1990.
Some artiodactyls have horns, others have antlers, and still others have tusks. Researchers comparing the habitats and behavior of 63 artiodactyl species reported in the Journal of Mammalian Evolution that the type of weaponry sported by the different species is suited to their preferred habitat.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation donated $20,000 to the Florida Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to care for large animals affected by Hurricane Michael and $10,000 of which will go to small-animal care.
The American Medical Association House of Delegates approved a resolution calling on the AMA to advocate against blanket prescription limits on amounts and dosages of opioids. The resolution included provisions offered by Dr. Chad Kollas on behalf of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, including one that affirms that some patients benefit from higher doses than recommended by CDC guidelines.
Immune checkpoint inhibitors cause more side effects in the real world than seen in clinical trials, according to a study presented at the Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium. "We've only been using these therapies for a few years, so this new analysis gives us more information on the prevalence of these side effects in patients as the therapies gain wider use," said Dr. Joe Rotella of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.