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Easing the way for the electronic health record

Pressure is building to develop a national electronic health record - and the nursing profession is playing a pivotal role in developing the standards needed to support it.

Mumps on the rebound

After decades of dormancy, mumps is back and could be making an appearacne soon at a clinic or hospital near you.

Virtual colonoscopy: A noninvasive look at the colon

Colonoscopy minus the colonoscope; accuracy without invasiveness. These are just a few of the benefits of virtual colonoscopy.

Using antibiotics effectively for acute-care patients

In the ever-escalating war between bacteria and human beings, some of the bugs are outsmarting us. Here's what you need to know about antibiotic therapy to help reduce bacterial resistance and optimize therapy for patients with acute infections.

Take Note – November 2006

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories “When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet,” said Ann...

Adventures in virtual meetings

Tired of unproductive staff meetings held at inconvenient times? Had it  up to here with being interrupted when trying to express your opinion? Maybe it's time to explore alternatives to the traditional in-person meeting. One hospital unit did just that, and their online meeting forum helped them create new protocols in record time.

Microalbumin: Little test, big payoff

The earlier renal disease is detected, the better. That's why the microalbumin test is so important for patients with certain chronic conditions.

The magnetic draw of information technology

With a shrinking workforce and more complex healthcare, how can nurses raise the bar on clinical excellence? One hospital uses health information technology to improve efficiency and reduce unnecessary errors - and has gained Magnet status in the process.

Seasonal influenza immunization for healthcare workers gains attention

Flu season approaches. Protect yourself and your patients by getting immunized.