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SPOT: How HCA is “sniffing out” sepsis early

Jonathan Perlin, MD, president of clinical services and chief medical officer at HCA Healthcare, calls sepsis an “overwhelming infection” that can lead to severe organ failure and even death. He says the key to survival is early recognition and aggressive treatment. “It’s a medical emergency that should be treated as aggressively as a heart attack…
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measles
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Measles on the rise in the U.S. Here’s why and how to prevent it.

Measles is disease that, on a global basis, has been in decline for decades says Kenneth Sands, MD, HCA Healthcare’s Chief Epidemiologist. However, in the United States, cases of measles are on the increase.  As of August 22, there have been 124 confirmed cases of the disease reported in 22 states and Washington, D.C. That’s…
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telemedicine
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Two HCA hospitals celebrate telemedicine that saved a stroke patient’s life

Two HCA Healthcare affiliate hospitals used the power and connection of telemedicine to save Ginger Duease’s life. The avid runner, sports enthusiast and Gulfport, Mississippi resident suffered a stroke at her home earlier this year. Duease, who had just returned from vacation with friends and was ready to resume training for her next Spartan Race…
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pancreatic
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Aretha Franklin dies of rare pancreatic cancer. What we know about it.

The news was released Thursday that Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” died of a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Eric Liu, MD, a neuroendocrine tumor surgeon with Sarah Cannon at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center addressed key questions about this diagnosis below. What type of pancreatic cancer did Aretha Franklin have? When discussing…
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What is Narcan? And why did it save this singer’s life?

Singer Demi Lovato was hospitalized earlier this week as a result of an apparent drug overdose. The 25-year-old star was reportedly treated with Narcan to reverse the effects of an overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 63,600 overdose deaths in the United States in 2016, including…
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