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COPD Death Rates Are Falling In Many Countries But The Total Number Of Deaths Is Increasing
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) death rates fell in most countries between 1995 and 2017, but the total number of COPD deaths increased in many countries over the past 20 years, according to a new international analysis of World Health Organization (WHO) data.
The study is published today (20 November 2019) in the European Respiratory Journal  to coincide with World COPD Day. The analysis includes data from countries not previously assessed for COPD mortality rate, and it suggests that measures to reduce exposure to risk factors for COPD, such as tobacco control policies and declining poverty, are having a positive effect on reducing overall COPD death rates.
COPD is a long-term condition that causes inflammation in the lungs, narrowing of the airways and damaged lung tissue, making breathing difficult. It is typically caused by factors that trigger lung inflammation, s
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AMT Introduces UriCap For Patients In Long-Term Care
American Medical Technologies (AMT), the leading independent provider of wound care solutions for long-term care and post-acute environments, has partnered with TillaCare to introduce UriCap, an innovative external urine collection device for managing female urinary incontinence (UI) in the long-term care market across the United States.
UriCap is a non-invasive, leak-free, external urine collection device specifically designed to fit the female anatomy. It prevents contact between urine and skin, helps monitor urine quality and quantity, conceals the odor of urine, and keeps the patient dry. UriCap is covered under CMS Medicare Part B program and there is no cost to the facility. Additionally, as it is changed only once per day, UriCap helps the facility reduce various costs associated with staff time, incontinence products, labor, laundry, and waste removal.
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15-Year Study Finds Treatment Gaps Exist For Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease; More Consistent Use Of Life-Saving Medications Recommended
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a progressive and life-threatening form of atherosclerosis that narrows the arteries serving the legs, arms, chest, and abdominal organs. It affects more than 8.5 million people in the United States, including 10 to 20 percent of individuals over 60 years old.
Outcomes of PAD patients are worse than those with coronary disease or cerebrovascular disease, emphasizing the importance of attention to their treatment. Like other kinds of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases, it should be treated with high-intensity doses of statins.
However, a new 15-year study by researchers at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City found that patients with peripheral arterial disease may not be prescribed these life-saving medications at the same rate as for other atherosclerotic conditions, such as heart attack or stroke.
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Studies Find Nurse-Led Program Improves Care Of Older Adults
An analysis of research on the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program finds that it improves older adult care, including preventing falls, improving patient safety and quality of care, reducing potentially inappropriate medications, and helping healthcare providers to care for patients with dementia. The study is published in the journal The Gerontologist.
The NICHE program at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is a nurse-led education and consultation program designed to help healthcare organizations improve the quality of care for older adults. When member organizations—which include hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare facilities—join the NICHE program, they gain access to clinical education and resources, guidelines, and nursing practice models designed to improve nurses’ abilities to provide patient- and family-centered care for older ad