The 2 Minute Update
Can air filters improve COPD symptoms?
COPD guidelines address many aspects of patient care, including smoking cessation, medication use, and supplemental oxygen. But they don’t address the idea of using air filters to help patients breathe better. Can we improve COPD symptoms, and prevent exacerbations, just by using an air filter in the patient’s home? This study asks that question. Researchers recently studied the use of HEPA air filters placed in the homes of people with moderate or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 116 patients were randomized, receiving either a HEPA air filter or a sham air filter in their home. 31% of people enrolled had...
Concussion Treatment: Rest or Exercise?
Does inpatient exercise help prevent deconditioning?
If older hospitalized patients participate in basic exercise programs while hospitalized, can we prevent deconditioning?
Social Media Use and Depression Symptoms
Social media use has exploded in recent years, and depression seems much more prevalent. Are the two related?
Do morning discharges improve patient flow?
How does earlier patient discharge times affect patient flow? This is an interesting study looking at time of day and the effects on patient flow.