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MEPSHP May 2019 Newsletter

Thursday, May 23, 2019  
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On Thursday, May 16th, we hosted hour annual Night of the Residents meeting at Hamilton Kitchen and Bar in Allentown, PA. We had two residents from St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN), and two residents from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Our first resident was Dr. Kayla Bardzel from SLUHN. She spoke about the compliance on procalcitonin algorithms on lower respiratory tract infections and sepsis. In her results, she discussed how compliance with procalcitonin algorithms showed a decrease in the recurrence of infections, and a trend towards a lower rate of new infections. Our second resident from (SLUHN), Dr. Katie Bressler, spoke about how number insulin injections per day at discharge can affect the glycemic control in insulin naïve type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. Her outcomes showed that patients, who had more insulin injections per day, had a decrease in the total daily units of insulin required. Her results also showed that among patients that injected 4 times a day, there was no one who had an A1c greater than 9 at follow-up.

Our first resident from LVHN was Dr. Jasica Truong. She discussed compliance in antibiotic regimens for acute otitis media in pediatric physician practices. Her results showed that the overall rate of compliance to antibiotic regimens was 60%, and that practices in suburban and urban areas had a higher rate of compliance than those in rural areas. Our second resident from LVHN was Dr. Jose Alejandro Roman. He discussed which members of the HIV-positive population are at greater risk of non-compliance with their antiretroviral medications and vaccinations. One of his outcomes showed that patient’s on non-preferred regimens have greater risk of non-adherence, and that they require the addition of multiple medications to overcome resistance. He also mentioned that the clinic that he studied had a 95.1% viral load suppression, which surpassed the 85.9% rate of viral load suppression among patient’s in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. The national average for viral load suppression is 59.8%.

We all had a great time hearing these various CE topics from residents from SLUHN and LVHN. We look forward to hosting many more CE’s next Fall and Spring, and of course our next Annual Night of the Residents in May of 2020.


Jeneane L. Acker, PharmD, MBA


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