SHEA advises against using cats for pet therapy; Wisconsin hospitals send heart attack patients to catheterization labs instead of ER

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> The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America recommends in the Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology journal that "cats should be excluded" from pet therapy in healthcare settings because people are more likely to be allergic to cats than dogs and they pose an increased risk for bites and scratches compared to trained dogs. Guidance

> A Nevada bill would allow inpatients to appoint a caregiver upon admission or in an advance directive and require that clinicians inform the caregiver about aftercare decisions, and provide him or her with instructions for home care and resources when questions arise, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Article

> Two Wisconsin hospitals will now send patients to catheterization labs rather than the emergency room if an EKG indicates they are having a heart attack in order to improve patient outcomes, reports. Article

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> The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health recently unveiled a computer simulation that examines how a potential measles outbreak would impact cities in the United States. Article

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> Several states with a history of opposition to state insurance exchanges are now weighing their options should the Supreme Court rule in favor of the plaintiffs in the upcoming King v. Burwell case. Article

And Finally… The dinner tables have turned. Article