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Colorado doctors support RightCare Action Week

October 28, 2015

By Patricia Gabow, MD, MACP, et al

October 18-24 was RightCare Action Week. Like so many other “special weeks,” most people are probably unaware of it. But unlike many such campaigns, this one matters to every family’s wellbeing and safety. RightCare Action Week is a nation-wide activity sponsored by the Lown Institute, whose founder Bernard Lown, a prominent cardiologist, received, along with a fellow Russian physician, the Nobel Peace prize in 1985 for their establishment of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Today, Lown’s organization is aiming at a different threat—the American healthcare system’s paradoxical problem of giving many patients too much medical interventions , while also failing to give many of them the care they really need.

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Pediatric practitioners campaign for antibiotic stewardship

October 26, 2015 (Boston, MA)—Pediatricians, physician assistants and nurses across the country this month have pledged to help eliminate the overuse of antibiotics in children, citing the many harms caused when the medications are prescribed inappropriately. Calling this overuse a threat to public health, the clinicians are devoting extra time educating parents and colleagues about the proper use for antibiotics.

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Hina Mehta, MD, on Overuse and RightCare Rounds

October 15, 2015

By Kim DiGioia, MSPH

Hina Mehta, internal medicine resident at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, describes her path from being “an intern who didn’t know anything” to an expert on overuse, leading a successful RightCare Rounds and publishing Hidden Risks of Blood Transfusions: A Teachable Moment in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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A pledge of allegiance to antibiotic stewardship

October 6, 2015

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

While antibiotics play a significant role in treating bacterial infections and in preventing and minimizing the spread of disease, they are often prescribed unnecessarily. Such misuse can lead to avoidable side effects like antibiotic resistance, let alone increased healthcare costs.

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