The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
the Medical Front Lines

 

Welcome to PCE's The Exchange—Stay Current on Issues That Matter Most to You and Your NP/PA Colleagues

PCE is excited to announce the launch of The Exchange, a collection of short commentaries from your NP/PA colleagues on a broad range of topics relevant to your practice. The Exchange will bring you reflections on trends in medicine, observations about new treatments and guidelines, and advice related to career decisions and practicing in today's changing healthcare environment.


Brain Natriuretic Peptide in Clinical Trials: Why This Matters for Practitioners

Brain Natriuretic Peptide in Clinical Trials: Why This Matters for Practitioners

As we look to improve the treatment and quality of life of our patients with heart failure, we often use relevant labs to help us determine the extent of the disease. In addition, the use of clinical trials helps us understand how lab values can influence treatment options and therapies for our patients. An example of this is brain natriuretic peptide, or BNP, and N-terminal-proBNP (NT-proBNP). The measurement of this biomarker allows an understanding of the stretch receptors in cardiac tissu... Continue Reading

Filed under: Cardiometabolic

What’s Changed for Basic and Advanced Life Support During COVID-19

What’s Changed for Basic and Advanced Life Support During COVID-19

How we do CPR and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) has changed in the last several months. The American Heart Association collaborated with other organiz... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Infectious Diseases

Using Topical Steroids Safely and Effectively

Using Topical Steroids Safely and Effectively

Since their introduction in early 1950s, topical corticosteroids (TCS) have become the drugs most commonly prescribed by dermatologists for outpatients and a... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Determining the Cause of Hair Loss

Determining the Cause of Hair Loss

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is one of the of most common disorders that dermatology practitioners diagnose and treat. With so many potential causes, i... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology

Silent Hypoxia in COVID-19 Patients

Silent Hypoxia in COVID-19 Patients

Emergency rooms in New York are finding COVID-19 pneumonia in some patients who have no shortness of breath. Clinicians have reported that when they did x-ra... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Medicine

National Nurses Week May 6-12: Let’s Not Forget Where It Started

National Nurses Week May 6-12: Let’s Not Forget Where It Started

Two hundred years ago, on May 12th, Florence Nightingale was born—it is now a day when we celebrate nurses around the world. Did you know that... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous, NPs & PAs

Asthma and COVID-19

Asthma and COVID-19

The early data on mortality from COVID-19 infections are showing that asthma is not one of the top risk factors. The top ten COVID-19 comorbidities (in rank... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Medicine

Do Traumatic Fractures Relate to Osteoporosis?
Is a Paradigm Shift Coming?

Do Traumatic Fractures Relate to Osteoporosis? Is a Paradigm Shift Coming?

A new study by Leslie and colleagues evaluating high and low trauma fractures may change our thought process regarding how traumatic fractures pertain to ris... Continue Reading

Filed under: Orthopedics, Rheumatology

Throat Abscess Differentiation

Throat Abscess Differentiation

Deep neck space infections are frequently seen in medical clinics and EDs despite the advent of antibiotics. They most commonly arise from a septic focus of... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous

Who Gets the Egg: The Chicken or the Rooster? Hydroxychloroquine Under the Microscope

Who Gets the Egg: The Chicken or the Rooster? Hydroxychloroquine Under the Microscope

What We Know We know that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is FDA approved for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Public Health

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