March 2011 Vol. 6 No. 3

Calculating and interpreting the odds ratio

Researchers use the odds ratio to analyze which of two groups of individuals is more likely to have an adverse outcome. Find out how to calculate the odds…

Closing in on the cause of agitation

When an elderly patient becomes confused and agitated, a careful history of recent procedures and medications points clinicians in the right direction.

Crime doesn’t pay

Fraud and abuse account for up to 10% of U.S. healthcare expenditures. What should you do if you suspect potential healthcare fraud or abuse?

Davol XenMatrix Surgical Graft recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified healthcare professionals that several lots of XenMatrix Surgical Graft have been recalled because of elevated endotoxin levels. Read more at

Environment, health, & safety

Developed by ANA and several other national organizations, the Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System can help consumers make positive food decisions.

FDA approves contrast agent for CNS MRI scans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Gadavist (gadobutrol), a contrast agent for use in patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the central nervous system. Read…

FDA approves new daily treatment for RLS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Horizant Extended Release Tablets (gabapentin enacarbil) as a daily treatment for moderate-to-severe restless legs syndrome (RLS). Read more at

FDA approves new treatment for metastatic melanoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Yervoy (ipilimumab) for the treatment of patients with metastatic melanoma. Read more at
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From Your ANA President

A perspective on trauma When nurses think of trauma, what most often comes to mind are patients who enter the health system for care after traumatic injuries—a fall,…

Headlines from the Hill

The 112th Congress faces critical decisions on issues affecting healthcare providers and patients. With so much at stake, now is the time to touch base with your congressional…

Issues up close

ANA’s House of Delegates recently approved a resolution supporting health care for all. The author examines the social, economic, and political ramifications of undocumented immigrants’ lack of access…

Managing dysphagia in elderly patients

Multiple factors make the elderly susceptible to dysphagia. The author reviews multidisciplinary management approaches and offers a checklist of simple nursing actions to promote assessment and management.
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Move up to the role of nurse manager

NURSE MANAGERS at all levels work together to address emerging trends, adopt innovative ideas, and work toward the shared goals of quality, efficiency, and excellence in practice. They…

Negative effects of ARDS linger

Five years after having acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), survivors still had not recovered to normal physical function, and many other physical and psychological problems persisted or developed…

NEJM study finds low RN staffing increases mortality

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, RN staffing that falls below targeted levels was associated with increased mortality. Read more at

Statins lower prostate cancer recurrence

Men with high-risk prostate cancer who take statin drugs while receiving radiation therapy are less likely to have their cancer return than patients who don’t take statins according…

US troops in Iraq breathe polluted air

Research presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society found that US troops in Iraq breath air that “often is polluted with dust and other…

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