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Vector-borne illnesses on the rise. Why and how to protect yourself.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “vector-borne” illnesses have more than tripled over the last 13 years and has become a “growing health problem” in the United States. Kenneth Sands, M.D., HCA Healthcare’s chief epidemiologist and patient safety officer, explains that vector-borne illnesses are transmitted to humans…
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Memorial Hospital creates daily safety huddle

Safety comes first – and, in a hospital setting, it’s everyone’s responsibility. And so, inside every HCA Healthcare doorway, people are working to ensure that our systems approach to safety is performing optimally – take affiliate Memorial Hospital, for example. When Bradley S. Talbert joined the Memorial Hospital family as chief executive officer and president…
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Flu Season Continues – We Must Ensure Vigilance

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s flu season is the most severe season in recent years, with widespread flu activity in 48 states. Influenza viruses are likely to keep circulating for another 10-12 weeks, thereby presenting us with an imperative duty: we must ensure vigilance in preventing the spread…
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What pharmacists can do to combat the opioid epidemic

National Opioid Abuse Epidemic According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a half a million people died from drug overdoses from 2000 to 2015. Every day, 91 Americans die from overdosing on opioids. The United States opioid epidemic is growing more deadly. The Role of the HCA Healthcare Pharmacist Pharmacists at…
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8 things to know about the role of pharmacists in the ER

An emerging field of practice for pharmacists is emergency medicine. The Emergency Medicine Pharmacist (EMP) role at HCA Healthcare performs a variety of duties essential to both direct patient care and administration. Deanna Pouliot, PharmD, an emergency medicine pharmacist at affiliate TriStar Skyline Medical Center says: “We see a wide variety of patients and disease…
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