March 2010 Vol. 5 No. 3

Bisphenol A update

Found in products we use every day, bisphenol A can have dangerous effects. ANA continues to advocate the chemical banned.

Brought to you by NDNQI: Data that do good

Thanks to the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, hospitals and nurses are capturing and converting into data what nurses actually do and how their actions affect patient care.

Coffee drinking and arrhythmias

Coffee drinkers are less likely to be hospitalized for cardiac arrhythmias, according to a report presented at the American Heart…

Cognitive behaviorial therapy

A study of 701 adults with subacute or chronic back pain found that cognitive behavioral therapy reduced pain and disability…

Counterfeit surgical mesh

On March 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about counterfeit surgical mesh being distributed under C.…

Early imaging reduces length of stay

According to the study “Patients Imaged Early During Admission Demonstrate Reduced Length of Hospital Stay: A Retrospective Cohort Study of…

FDA Advises to stop using Rotarix

On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a temporary suspension of the vaccine Rotarix although currently there…

Influenza drug information from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a section on its website about influenza antiviral drugs at http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/InformationbyDrugClass/ucm100228.htm
Medication errors Best Practices

Medication errors: Best Practices

A medication error can occur in any healthcare setting-with devastating consequences. The authors describe weaknesses in the key elements of medication use and propose ways to make drug therapy safer.

New colorectal screening guidelines

Screening for colorectal cancer is still underused, especially by low-income people, the uninsured, Asians and Hispanics, foreign-born people, and those…

Our “knowing-doing” gap

Something as simple and low – tech as the checklist can help healthcare providers close the knowing – doing gap.

Test strip recall

LifeScan, Inc., has voluntarily recalled eight lots of OneTouch SureStep Test Strips. Lot numbers are at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm202119.htm.

Tip for floaters selected references

Gobis L. The perils of floating: when nurses are directed to work outside their areas of expertise. AJN. 2001;101(9):78. http://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/Citation/2001/09000/The_Perils_of_Floating__When_nurses_are_directed.31.aspx.…

Tips for floaters

Although few nurses look forward to it, floating gives you a chance to experience another practice area, break out of your daily routine, and learn something new.

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