Medicine by the Numbers

Concussions and Football By The Numbers

December 6, 2013
Concussions and Football By The Numbers

By Benjamin G. Wu

Peer Reviewed

The news of a large $675 million dollar settlement on concussions has headlined on both the sports news channels and in popular media during this 2013 National Football League (N.F.L.) season . Heralded as a victory mainly for the N.F.L., the settlement not only allows the league to avoid larger amounts in potential liability payments but also the public scrutiny of a discovery phase if a case were to move forward . In the wake of this settlement…

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Transfusions By The Numbers

July 19, 2013
Transfusions By The Numbers

By Karen Chang Kan, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Blood transfusions are one of the most common interventions seen in the inpatient setting. While hanging a unit of blood appears simple enough in day-to-day practice, many of us forget what this simple action actually entails. Taking a moment to reflect, Clinical Correlations breaks down this basic, everyday intervention by the numbers.

How much blood are we transfusing?

In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 14.65 million units of whole blood/RBCs are transfused each year.…

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Olympics and Medicine By The Numbers

October 7, 2012
Olympics and Medicine By The Numbers

By Tracey Liebman

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The summer games may be over, but we’re still entertained by the 2012 Olympics! Here are a few medicine-related fun facts about the London Games.

Demographics of Summer 2012 Olympics:

10,500 athletes, 70,000+ volunteers, 20,000 media and journalists, 10+ million spectators

Medical care:

26 million dollars provided by the National Health Service (NHS) to build the state-of-the-art medical building in the Athletes’ Village for the Olympics

500 people expected to use the medical clinic each day …

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Medicine By Numbers: 131 Million

October 28, 2011
Medicine By Numbers: 131 Million

By Maryann Kwa, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

131 million: The number of times the most popular medication in the United States was prescribed in 2010.

Recently, IMS Health, a company that monitors annual sales for pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, published a list of the most prescribed medications in the United States in 2010 .

Medication Number of Prescriptions in 2010(in millions) 1. Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen 131.2 2. Simvastatin 94.1 3. Lisinopril 87.4 4. Levothyroxine sodium 70.5 5. Amlodipine 57.2 6. Omeprazole 53.4 7. Azithromycin 52.6

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Medicine by the Numbers: Blood Count

March 4, 2011
Medicine by the Numbers: Blood Count

By Michael Ford, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

  

                                             

2.65 x 10 # of erythrocytes in circulation, assuming Hematocrit 45%         120 Lifespan in days of an erythrocyte         2.5 million # of new erythrocytes produced each second to replace dying cells†         5.3 million # of erythrocytes per microliter of blood†,*         4,000 – 11,000 # leukocytes per microliter of blood         150,000 – 400,000 # platelets

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Erythrocyte Index

February 10, 2011
Erythrocyte Index

By Michael Ford, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

“Blood Count”

2.65 x 10 # of erythrocytes in circulation, assuming Hematocrit 45% 120 Lifespan in days of an erythrocyte 2.5 million # of new erythrocytes produced each second to replace dying cells† 5.3 million # of erythrocytes per microliter of blood†,* 4,000 – 11,000 # leukocytes per microliter of blood 150,000 – 400,000 # platelets per microliter of blood 15.9 Grams of

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Medicine By Numbers

January 21, 2011
Medicine By Numbers

How to Counsel a Patient on Prostate Cancer Screening in 5 Minutes

By Caprice Cadacio, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

A good screening test is relatively inexpensive and noninvasive.  In addition, effective treatment should be available if the disease  being screened for is confirmed.  Lastly, detecting the disease before a patient becomes symptomatic must be more beneficial than detection after the patient experiences signs or symptoms.

The latter point is often debated in prostate cancer screening,…

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Medicine by the Numbers

October 9, 2009
Medicine by the Numbers

Chris Tully MD

Faculty peer reviewed

What is the number of patients needed to prophylax to prevent an episode of venous thromboembolism in a hospitalized medical patient?

 

 The use of prophylactic anticoagulation for venous thromboembolism (VTE) is considered standard of care in the inpatient medical setting in order to prevent deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and fatal and nonfatal pulmonary embolism (PE). While a majority of the knowledge stems of post-surgical patients, there…

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Medicine by the Numbers

August 13, 2009
Medicine by the Numbers

Elizabeth Gaines MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

$275.50: The cost of routine morning labs at Bellevue in 2008.

Every morning, I sit down with my sign-out and scrawl “N, S, L” in red ink under each of my patients name. This becomes my to-do list, so that each day I remember to write a Note, up-date the Sign-out, and order morning Labs for each of my patients. As objective as I think I am, everyday…

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Medicine by the Numbers

June 24, 2009
Medicine by the Numbers

Rebecca Hall MD

50:  The number of patients on >100mg/day of methadone needed to be screened with an EKG to detect 1 person with a QTc >500 ms

A recent review in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggested guidelines for QTc interval screening in methadone users. The “number needed to treat” was thus calculated from several studies reviewed which show that about 2% of patients on methadone maintenance therapies (at doses >100 mg daily) developed QTc intervals in…

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