At the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, our faculty physicians help educate more than 70 fellows in advanced training in subspecialties from cardiology to rheumatology, 130 internal medicine residents and about 450 medical students—these last largely through electives, clerkships and sub-internships in their third and fourth years.
With more than $100 million in awards across nearly 100 grant proposals in the current fiscal year, there’s never been a better time to be a researcher in the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.
A couple of weeks ago, I was rounding in the South Campus Intensive Care Unit where we had a patient with ACEI-induced angioedema. The gentleman developed facial swelling shortly after starting an ACE inhibitor (ACEI) that was prescribed for hypertension. It was his first-ever episode, there was no family history and he was improving with conservative management.
The single greatest impediment to error prevention in the medical industry is “that we punish people for making mistakes.”
Dr. Lucian Leape
Harvard School of Public Health
Testimony before Congress on Health Care Quality Improvement
C. diff. infections are responsible for almost a half million infections and at least 15,000 deaths each year in the United States. In 2015, there were 343 cases at the Banner - UMC Tucson hospital and 62 at Banner - UMC South. They’re triggered by a bacterium, Clostridium difficile or C. difficile, that causes inflammation of the colon, known as colitis that usually manifests with severe diarrhea and in some cases sepsis and even septic shock.