Day: October 10, 2021

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Nevada among last states to add rapid tests to virus tally

Nevada this week became one of the last states to publicly report rapid antigen tests as part of its coronavirus tallies — a move that experts said could provide a fuller picture of the pandemic but also upend metrics used to gauge how the virus is spreading.

The change leaves Maryland as the lone U.S. state that doesn’t incorporate rapid tests in its online dashboard or include them in virus statistics, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends, according to an Associated Press review of dashboards and policies for all 50 states.

Nevada has been among the states hit hardest by the pandemic. The state’s hospitals have been pushed to near capacity, its unemployment has broken national records, and 435,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19. Omitting rapid tests from its tally limited the public’s understanding of the pandemic’s spread in the state, Nevada health officials acknowledge.

Officials told

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Treating low blood pressure during surgery may decrease risk of developing postoperative delirium

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Patients who experience low blood pressure during surgery are at increased risk for postoperative delirium, according to a large study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 annual meeting.

Postoperative delirium, a change in mental function that can cause confusion after surgery and the most common surgical complication for , can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including pain, stress, insomnia and anxiety. While previous small studies have been inconclusive, the new study of 316,000 found low blood pressure during surgery to be a factor in the development of . The researchers note low blood pressure decreases the supply of oxygen and glucose to the brain.

“Postoperative delirium is a major obstacle to a quick recovery from surgery, because patients are more dependent on others for activities of daily living and it can lead to an accelerated cognitive decline,” said

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