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ICUs May be Overused in COPD, Heart Failure, Acute MI (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:11pm
(MedPage Today) -- ICU treatment didn't improve survival in study

Friday Feedback: The Saturated Fat Debate Continues

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Eight nutrition experts give the skinny on fats

Slow Medicine: Good Reads

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 1:30pm
(MedPage Today) -- Our most recent compilation of thoughtful approaches to clinical care

Masters of Neurology: Ocrelizumab and No Evidence of Disease Activity (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 1:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Gavin Giovannoni, MBBCh, PhD, on results of a NEDA analysis from the OPERA trials

HIV Vaccine Shows 'Positive Signal' in Small Study (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:37pm
(MedPage Today) -- Five of 13 patients control virus without drugs

Physicians, Others Urge Lawmakers to Reject Cigar Bill

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:30pm
(MedPage Today) -- Legislation would exempt certain cigars from FDA authority

Is AS a Progressive Disease? (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:00pm
(MedPage Today) -- Many who lack radiographic sacroiliitis at baseline develop x-ray changes later

Sirukumab Aids in Highly Refractory RA (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:30am
(MedPage Today) -- Multiple biologics had already failed

Quadpill for Initial BP Tx; Reduced-Dose NOAC Impact

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:00am
(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular Daily wraps up the top cardiology news of the week

EndoBreak: Intragastric Balloon Alert; Soda Warning Label?

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:30am
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the endocrinology world

Prednisone Attenuates IRIS in TB-HIV (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:01am
(MedPage Today) -- Trial suggests use of the steroid with TB treatment reduces risk of complications

Morning Break: Trump Not Crazy; Superbug in Space; Peds and Guns

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:49am
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff

Evaluating Factors Affecting Clinicians’ Knowledge on Contrast Media: Kenyan Experience

eScholarship@UMMS - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:35am

Purpose: Our study aimed to establish exposure to and level of knowledge about contrast media among non-radiological clinicians and evaluate the contributory factors to the status.

Methods and Materials: A cross-sectional study was conducted between April and December 2015 through interviews using structured questionnaires. We recruited 197 non-radiological clinicians with experience in use of contrast media in their routine practice. They were of different cadres and years of experience, all working in a large referral hospital in Kenya. Levels of basic knowledge on contrast media were evaluated through a scoring system after each clinician responded to the questions provided. We also sought for training on contrast media among these clinicians and where applicable the source of the same recorded. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods were applied across the different clinicians’ subsets.

Results: Thirty-seven respondents representing 18.8% of the study sample had received formal training on contrast media. Mean knowledge score for all clinicians in this study was 14.6 translating to 14.1% of a set maximal theoretical score of 103 points. The standard deviation was 5.5. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) test for knowledge mean score among different cadres gave a P value 0.079. Unpaired t-test gave a two- tailed P value 0.2410 for mean score when trained and untrained clinicians were compared. The level of knowledge (mean score) when analysed against years of experience for the clinicians produced statistically significant results with P value 0.001084.

Conclusion: Training and knowledge on contrast media can be profoundly low for clinicians. However, there is a possibility of knowledge improving from experience in practice due to multidisciplinary interaction and the implied advantage of encapsulated knowledge.

Antibiotic Prophylaxis Cuts STI Rates (CME/CE)

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:35am
(MedPage Today) -- Marked reduction in syphilis and chlamydia in high-risk men

Wrappers: A New Fast Food Risk?

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:00am
(MedPage Today) -- Is fluorine in fast food wrappers harmful?

Survey Data Paint Picture of PCMH Docs

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:01pm
(MedPage Today) -- More support staff, better access to patients' medical records

Policy Experts View HHS Rules as 'Underwhelming'

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 5:20pm
(MedPage Today) -- Some see 'industry wish list'; others more optimistic but still find flaws

Policy Experts View HHS Rules as 'Underwhelming'

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 5:20pm
(MedPage Today) -- Some see 'industry wish list'; others more optimistic but still find flaws

Tom Price and Prostate Cancer Screening

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:30pm
(MedPage Today) -- Does new HHS chief not grasp basic medical concepts?

Tom Price and Prostate Cancer Screening

Headlines from MedPage Today® - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:30pm
(MedPage Today) -- Does new HHS chief not grasp basic medical concepts?
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