Take Note – Practice Updates

‘Post-hospital syndrome’ in NEJM

“Post-Hospital Syndrome — An Acquired, Transient Condition of Generalized Risk,” in The New England Journal of Medicine, presents “post-hospital syndrome”…

NEJM study assess BMD retesting

A study in the Jan. 19 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that in older, postmenopausal…

200 years of surgery reviewed

Author Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, has written a fascinating article on the history of surgery for The New England Journal…
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ABCDEF bundle improves ICU care

Full use of the ABCDEF bundle in the ICU improves several outcomes, including survival, mechanical ventilation use, delirium, and ICU…

ACA improves care

The first two enrollment periods under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were associated with significantly improved trends in self-reported coverage,…

AHA releases new CPR guidelines

The American Heart Association has published new guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care. Read a quick summary, download a…

AHRQ releases new guide for patients

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new guide to help hospitals better prepare patients to…
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Alarming childhood obesity trend

If current trends in child obesity continue, more than 57% of today’s children in the U.S. will have obesity at…

ANA announces ‘Year of Ethics’

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2015 as the “Year of Ethics.” The year is highlighted by release of…

Bar coding effective for reducing med errors

Combining bar coding with an electronic medication-administration system (bar-code eMAR) substantially reduces transcription and medication administration errors according a study…

Bariatric surgeries compared

According to a study in JAMA Surgery, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass results in much greater weight loss and fewer reoperations…

Best hospitals share secrets for success

Healthgrades has released “America’s 100 Best Hospitals 2014” list. Based on interviews with representatives from the various hospitals, there are…
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Birthplace may affect CHD incidence

Foreign-born adults living in the United States have a lower prevalence coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke than those who…

Bullying toolkit available

Access “Civility Tool-kit: Resources to Empower Nurse Leaders to Identify, Intervene, and Prevent Workplace Bullying,” supported by the RWJF Executive…
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Catching up with the HPV vaccine

It may not be too late for HPV vaccination for girls who missed the recommended window. Catch-up quadrivalent HPV vaccination…

CDC gives telebriefing on H3N2v

Access the transcript of an Aug. 10 telebriefing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provided an…

CDC issues Zika-preparedness guide

On March 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “Zika virus risk-based preparedness and response guidance for…

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…

Costs of gun violence identified

From 2006 to 2014, the cost of initial hospitalizations for firearm-related injuries averaged $734.6 million per year, according to a…

Dangers of the 12-hour shift

Rose Sherman has a thoughtful blog on nursing’s “third rail”—the 12-hour shift. In the blog, she notes that although nurses…

Do you know the schedule for vaccinating children?

Learn how to promote pediatric immunizations in your practice. Part of ANA’s Bringing Immunity to Every Community campaign. this handout stresses the importance of vaccinating children and their caregivers, parents, and siblings.

Drug therapy effective in hepatitis C

A once daily drug combination of sofosbuvir-velpatasvir for 12 weeks resulted in sustained eradication of several genotypes of the hepatitis…

E-cigarettes may be harmful for teens

Adolescent e-cigarette users have increased rates of chronic bronchitis symptoms, according to a study in American Journal of Respiratory and…

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…
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Eating fish may prolong life

Consumption of fish (but not fried fish) and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids is associated with lower risks of early death,…

Ebola resources

Access ebola-related resources from Nebraska Medicine and the American Nurses Association.

Ebola resources from ANA

Access ebola information from the American Nurses Association (ANA) http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/WorkplaceSafety/Healthy-Work-Environment/DPR/Ebola-Information.html.

Ebola update

On Dec. 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated information on the Ebola outbreak. Read more and access the…
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Effects of second-hand smoke on children

Childhood secondhand smoke exposure and adult secondhand smoke exposure increase the risk of death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in…

Ethical Issues in Healthcare

High ethical standards are essential in healthcare. Four fundamental principles lay the foundation for healthcare ethics. Autonomy honors patients’ right to…
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Exercise beneficial for patients with MCI

Physical exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, improves global cognition in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a systematic review…

Exercise is key part of stroke recovery

Exercise should be prescribed for stroke survivors because it can significantly reduce disability and the risk of recurrent stroke, according…

Fall prevention kit reduces falls

A randomized trial showed that using a falls prevention toolkit decreased falls in four Boston-area hospitals. Patients older than 65…

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease has probably already touched you or someone you know. Make it your mission to fight heart disease and…

Four new guidelines from AHA, ACC

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released four guidelines related to preventing cardiovascular disease: cholesterol,…

FTC supports APRN practice in new report

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released “Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs),” which cautions…

Genetic/Genomic Competency Center

The Genetic/Genomic Competency Center (G2C2, http://www.g-2-c-2.org/) is a new free online resource created to help educators teach the next generation…

Global resurgence of measles

It’s not just the United States that’s experiencing a resurgence of measles. Experts writing in the New England Journal of…

Hands: Keep them clean

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today It’s National Handwashing Awareness Week, so what better time to remind everyone…

Healthcare workforce needs

A special issue of Health Services Research discusses ways to prepare workers to improve the delivery, quality, and cost of…

International home care conference

The Second International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference: Person-centred care in home-based nursing-service models, nursing roles and competencies will be…

Intervention reduces ‘mean girl’ bullying

Researchers have developed and tested an intervention that effectively decreases relational aggression (“mean girl” bullying) among teen girls. The intervention,…

IOM calls for reduced sodium intake in U.S.

Access “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States,” a report from the Institute of Medicine at “http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Strategies-to-Reduce-Sodium-Intake-in-the-United-States.aspx”. It’s…

Is intentional rounding effective?

A recent study from the National Institute for Health Research focuses on intentional rounding in hospitals to understand its efficacy…

Lack of sleep increases calorie intake

Researchers at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 conference presented a study that showed…
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Lifetime risk of stroke

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine reports that the global lifetime risk of stroke from the age…
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Link between missing tooth and CVD

Losing two or more teeth in middle age is associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, according to a study reported…

Longevity genes interconnected

An international group of scientists performed a comprehensive analysis and found that most genes that increase lifespan when overexpressed or…

Marriage may promote happiness

Marriage doesn’t make people happier than when they were single, but it does protect against normal decline in happiness during…
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Maternal age and preterm birth

Women aged 40 years or older may have a higher risk for preterm birth, according to a study in PLoS.…

Meat type matters

Eating processed meats such as hot dogs, but not red (unprocessed) meat, is associated with a higher incidence of coronary…

Medicaid expansion and ED use

The expansion of Medicaid insurance coverage in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act did not increase hospital emergency department…

Medication name change proposed

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has proposed changing the name of hydromorphone to reduce medication errors caused by confusion with…

MERS resources from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published information about Middle East Respiratory System (MERS) for healthcare professionals.…

Microbes on nurses’ lab coats

Nurses should wear fresh lab coats every shift to minimize risk of infection, according to a study in American Journal of…

Mindfulness reduces depression

Eight weeks of mindfulness training helped alleviate depression and reduce stress in African-American women with lower socioeconomic status, according to…

More Baby Boomers facing old age alone

Statistics from the Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research show that one-third of adults aged…

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…

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…

New exam for identifying concussion

A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine reports that a new test, Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS), was 90%…