Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Dr. Mercer, Dr. Abughali Play Pivotal Roles in Recent Research
MetroHealth physicians played a critical role in multiple studies highlighted over the past week.
Dr. Nazma Abughali, Chair of the Pediatrics Department at MetroHealth, was featured in the January 2014 edition of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.
She was also featured in the December 2013 edition of the American Academy of Pediatrics magazine.
The study evaluated 279 infants over 19 years to see how use of electronic medical record (EMR) and interventions by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Service could improve follow-up and appropriate testing of infants born to Hepatitis C-positive mothers. The intervention led the identification rate of patients at risk to jump from 53 percent to 71 percent and the rate of appropriate follow-up to skyrocket from 8 percent to 50 percent.
The conclusion was clear, as Dr. Abughali related to Infectious Diseases in Children
"Pediatricians should be vigilant about identifying and testing all infants born to HCV-infected mothers," Dr. Abughali said. "Older children and adolescents with history of maternal HCV infection should be identified and tested as well."
Meanwhile, Dr. Brian Mercer, Chair of the Department of OB/Gyn at MetroHealth, co-authored an article on reducing unnecessary C-sections for first-time deliveries.