Disconnect Found Between Increased Suicide Attempts and People Getting Behavioral Health Services

Suicide has become a leading cause of death in the United States. From 1999 to 2018, annual deaths by suicide increased from 29,199 to 48,344. The new study, which was published this week by JAMA Psychiatry, is based on data collected through the National Survey of Drug Use and Health from 2008 to 2019. The examination of the data focused on individuals 18 years old or older.

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Radiology Study: Iodine Allergy is a Myth

In short, an allergy to iodine does not and cannot exist. We conclude that the reactions patients have had to seafood, shellfish, povidone-iodine, and iodine-based contrast agents used for imaging tests are real but are likely caused by other non-iodine component proteins or molecules.

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Substance Abuse Treatment Expert on Overdoses: ‘You Have a Recipe for Disaster’

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that provisional data show 100,306 overdose deaths occurred in the country in the 12-month period ending in April, representing a 28.5% increase over the overdose deaths that occurred during the same period the year before. The data show opioid overdose deaths increased by nearly 20,000.

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New Study Estimates the Costs of U.S. Maternal Morbidity

The new study, which was published by The Commonwealth Fund, examined the medical and nonmedical costs associated with nine maternal morbidities: amniotic fluid embolism, cardiac arrest, gestational diabetes mellitus, hemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, maternal mental health conditions, renal disease, sepsis, and venous thromboembolism.

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Nurse Practitioners Celebrate National NP Week

The work of nurse practitioners (NP) is being heralded with proclamations and certificates by U.S. governors as they and healthcare providers, policymakers, and patients join the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® in celebrating National NP Week this week, November 7-13, 2021.

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Huddles, Handoffs, and Heedfulness are Key to Preventing Harm to Patients

Englewood (Florida) Community Hospital has received 18 consecutive “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, a national distinction recognizing achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Leapfrog is an industry standard for safety, quality of care, and patient experience, particularly for insurance agencies that check grades before recommending facilities to their clientele. Englewood is one of only 41 “Straight A” hospitals to be awarded an “A” in every grading cycle since 2012.

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How Nurse Practitioners Are Changing American Healthcare

April Kapu, an associate dean for Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing, leads more than 119,000 members of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She assumed the presidency July 1 and will serve a two-year term. Kapu talked with HealthLeaders about how NPs are changing healthcare, the likelihood of all states granting full practice authority to NPs, and what AANP members can expect from her for the next two years.

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