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January 2017

Hospital Fall-Prevention Policies May Stress Nurses, Harm Patients

It is a well-known fact that nurses have a stressful job.  They are obligated to attend to the many needs of their patients and are also under fire to be in compliance with numerous hospital and government regulations.  A recent article by Lorraine L. Janeczko highlights the potential effect of policies on the nurse-patient dynamic.  

First year residents at risk to lose sleep

Can we get just a little sleep as a first-year resident? 
Resident work hour restrictions, and the effects of lack of sleep on performance and patient care, have been disputed among clinicians and consumer advocacy groups for many years. The debate has once again emerged publicly, with a recent proposal from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to phase out a 2011 rule capping first-year resident (PGY-1) shifts at 16 hours total. As part of a larger set of proposals to be implemented in the 2017-2018 academic year, an ACGME task force recommended that first-year physicians instead subscribe to the same structure as other residents, with shifts of up to 28 hours, including 4 hours to manage transitions in care, and a maximum of 80 hours a week averaged over 4 weeks.

It's flu season!


It's flu season!  How many of you have decided not to receive the influenza vaccine this year despite the CDC's recommendation that everyone above 6 months should have a yearly flu vaccine?  On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on "Adult Influenza."  Please review the time in your international location for this ONLINE presentation.
International Times for this discussion:
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 

Anesthesia for child

Recently the Federal Department of Agriculture announced:  "that repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetics and medications used to sedate children younger than three years, or in pregnant women during their third trimester, may affect the development of children’s brains.”  This warning has healthcare professionals scrambling to determine the implications of such claims for the millions of patients that have had or will receive anesthesia for surgical procedures.  

Headaches in Adults

Recently I was asked about the differences between migraines and headaches and if healthcare providers can alleviate factors that may precipitate the onset of "head pain."  On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on Headaches in Adults.  This head strong discussion might provide the answers you seek concerning entities that precipitate your head pain.  Please review the time in your international location for this cerebral presentation.
International Times for this discussion include:

FDA warns Pregnant women on the health affect by Anesthesia

Many in our volunteer family are in their childbearing years.  It is estimated that 1–2% of pregnant women will require anesthesia during their pregnancy for surgeries such a gallbladder removal, appendicitis, or for trauma unrelated to the delivery. 
The FDA has just released a controversial warning on anesthetic and sedative use in Pregnant Women and children.  The repeated or lengthy (>3 hours) use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than three years or in pregnant women in the third trimester may affect the child's developing brain, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned today in a Safety Communication.  As a result, the FDA is requiring warnings to be added to the labels of general anesthetic and sedation drugs. No particular anesthetic or sedation drug has been shown to be safer than any other, the FDA notes.  The full article is available:

Severe Sepsis and Shock

Sepsis is a serious medical condition that results when your body's immune system is activated against a pathogen. However, its response to the infection injures your cells and tissues.  On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on Severe Sepsis and Shock.  Please review the time in your international location for this ONLINE presentation.
International Times for this discussion:
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 

Choosing a Medical Specialty

Many of you visiting our webpage have an interest in a field of healthcare.  One of the questions that we answer on weekly , if not daily basis , is what career should you choose? Today we share a letter written by Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH on choosing psychiatry as a profession. 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, is a kind of illness characterized by progressively inadequate lung airflow. COPD is divided into two entities: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. According to, in the USA 15 million people have been diagnosed with COPD and another 12 million undiagnosed. The World Health Organization estimated that about 3 million deaths, across the globe, were caused by the disease in 2015 (that is, 5% of all deaths globally in that year)! It is important to note that many cases of COPD are preventable(cessation of cigarette smoking).

Happy New Year!

Volunteers4Humanity wishes you the best of 2017! Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @Volunteers4U #NewYearsEve #NewYearsHonours #nye2016 #NewYearsResolution