Editor’s Note: U.S. Medicine Direct is now coming to you twice a month, with the second issue focusing on specific clinical topics featured in the U.S. Medicine print edition. This month the special focus is coagulation/thrombosis with specialty updates in sleep disorders and infectious diseases as well as a pharmacy column on the cutting-edge issue of pharmacogenomics.
Special Focus: Coagulation/Thrombosis
More Than Technology Tweaks Required to Change VAMC Culture on DVT Prophylaxis PORTLAND - Hospital-wide implementation of computerized decision support for post-surgical deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis seemed like a straightforward task, but researchers found that it required more than some technological tweaking. They found it necessary to develop an intimate understanding of how different clinical specialists use technology, how they communicate and how they think. More
Researchers Test Innovations to Reduce Hemorrhage Deaths on Battlefield Washington - Military scientists want to make sure that injured troops in the battlefield receive the same standard of care as they would receive in a stateside U.S. hospital, especially when it comes to managing hemorrhage. Nearly 50% of combat deaths have been due to exsanguinating hemorrhage since the middle of World War II and, of those, about half of those lives could have been saved if timely, appropriate care had been available, according to DoD. More
San Diego VA Pharmacy Service Leads the Way in Fast-Emerging Field of Pharmacogenomics Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the first draft of the human genome, which was officially completed in 2003 with the mapping of 3.1 billion base pairs. This project, conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the NIH, took 13 years and cost more than $3 billion to complete. One growing area of application is pharmacogenomics, the study of how variations in the human genome affect response to medications. More
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