Consenting for treatment in advance to reduce leaving the hospital against medical advice among patients with addiction

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Patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) being treated for serious medical conditions are more likely to leave the hospital against medical advice (AMA) than those without addiction. A special type of contract with healthcare providers might enable patients to consent in advance to life-saving medical care—even if they later refuse treatment, according to a commentary in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

The Substance Use Advance Directive (SUAD) “has the potential to greatly improve the current state of treatment for life-threatening comorbid conditions in SUD patients through reducing AMA discharges,” writes Paul Tobias, MD, JD, MBA, of Ohio Health, Columbus.

But in an accompanying commentary, Kelly K. Dineen, JD, Ph.D., of Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., cites “obvious practical and ethical challenges” to the SUAD concept, including the lack of any legal basis for overruling patients

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Operation Warp Speed Chief Advisor Dr. Moncef Slaoui Speaks with CNBC’s Meg Tirrell Live During the CNBC Healthy Returns Livestream Today

WHEN: Today, Wednesday, December 16th

WHERE: CNBC Healthy Returns Livestream

Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with Dr. Moncef Slaoui, Operation Warp Speed Chief Advisor, and CNBC’s Senior Health and Science Reporter Meg Tirrell live during the CNBC Healthy Returns Livestream today, Wednesday, December 16th. Full video will be available at

All references must be sourced to CNBC Healthy Returns Livestream.

MEG TIRRELL: Welcome back everybody and thanks for sticking with us for this very special Healthy Returns Livestream. This, of course, has been the series throughout this year where we’ve talked with public health experts, researchers, the people who are helping us understand and get through this pandemic. I’m Meg Tirrell, CNBC’s Senior Health and Science Reporter and our guest now is Dr. Moncef Slaoui, Chief Scientific Adviser to Operation Warp Speed and one of the major reasons we are talking about records being

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“Leftover” COVID Vaccines Offered To Non-Priority Groups

Young, healthy people in the United Kingdom have reported receiving “leftover” doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine due to no-show appointments, while IT loopholes have offered others a chance to jump the priority queue.

One woman tells Newsweek she was offered an injection at a mass vaccination center in England after taking her 80-year-old mother to get her vaccine. As temperatures plunged on Sunday, much of the U.K. was covered in snow. It suddenly became clear to vaccine center workers that doses would be unused and wasted due to a large number of patients who are elderly or vulnerable being unable to make it in the treacherous conditions.

The center, in southern England, was administering doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, which has a shelf life of just a few hours after it is removed from ultra-cold conditions. Pfizer is shipping its vaccines in special containers packed in dry ice to

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Following freezer failure, nurses rush out 1,300 COVID-19 vaccines to anyone available

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle hospitals rushed out COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of people in the middle of the night after a freezer they were being stored in failed.

It’s not clear what caused the freezer failure Thursday night, but the UW Medical Center’s Northwest and Montlake campuses and Swedish Medical Center received more than 1,300 doses that needed to be used before they expired at 5:30 a.m. Friday, The Seattle Times reported.

Word of the unexpected doses spread on social media, and a line of hopeful vaccine recipients snaked out the clinic door and through a parking lot at UW Medical Center-Northwest. A hundred people lined up at Swedish Medical Center’s clinic at Seattle University. The hospital tweeted at 11:59 p.m. that it had 588 doses to give out,

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