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Duke Health, Infections Diseases, Mrsa Infections, UV disinfection, UVC , Acinetobacter, C Difficile, vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium, drug-resistant bacteria, drug-resistant organisms, drug-resistant bacterial pathogens, Hospital Safety, Hospital Infection Rates, Infection Control, CDC, CDC Prevention Epicenters Program, Niaid, National Center f

UV Light Can Aid Hospitals’ Fight to Wipe Out Drug-Resistant Superbugs

A new tool -- a type of ultraviolet light called UVC -- could aid hospitals in the ongoing battle to keep drug-resistant bacteria from lingering in patient rooms and causing new infections.

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General Thoracic Surgery Database , Public Reporting, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Lung Cancer, Lobectomy, surgery outcomes, David M. Shahian, MD, general thoracic surgery, Benjamin D. Kozower, MD

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Journal Of Occupational And Environmental Medicine, Violence against hospital workers

'Data-Driven' Approach May Reduce Violence to Hospital Workers

A worksite intervention using unit-level data on violent events can lead to lower risks of patient-to-worker violence and injury to hospital staff, suggests a study in the January Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

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Cost, Technology Issues Are Barriers to Real-Time Cancer Patient Symptom Reporting

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In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher addresses the need for – and the barriers preventing – electronic reporting of patients’ symptoms between visits.

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Transfusions of “Old” Blood May Harm Some Patients

Blood transfusions with the oldest blood available could be harmful for some patients, finds Columbia University researchers. The investigators recommend reducing the maximum blood storage limit from 6 to 5 weeks.

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Health Care, Health Care Communication, patient communication

Physician’s Near-Death Experience Inspires Campaign to Boost More Effective Patient Communication

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In an article to be published in the Jan. 5 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, a Henry Ford Hospital critical care medicine physician describes in candid detail about how her own near-death experience inspired an organizational campaign to help health professionals communicate more effectively and demonstrate more empathy to their patients.

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J-CHiP, Scott Berkowitz, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Hospitals, Community, Super Aspirin

Hopkins Project Shows House Calls and Good Neighbors Can Benefit Patients and Hospitals

When people with chronic health problems couldn't get around town to their doctors' appointments, a four-year Johns Hopkins program brought the appointments to them. Johns Hopkins cardiologist and senior director for accountable care Scott Berkowitz, M.D., has published an extensive report of a four-year, $19 million Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant in the journal Healthcare.

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For Geriatric Falls, ‘Brain Speed’ May Matter More Than Lower Limb Strength

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University of Michigan researchers find it’s not only risk factors like lower limb strength and precise perception of the limb’s position that determine if a geriatric patient will recover from a perturbation, but also complex and simple reaction times.

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Dementia and the Holidays, Dementia, Alzheimer's, alzheimer disease, Caregiver Coping, Caregiver Burden, Caregiver

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Tips for the Holidays

An expert at Rutgers University’s Care2Caregivers helpline shares tips on how families can celebrate the holidays with loved ones suffering from an illness that affects memory

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Veterans Affairs, final rule, APRNs, CRNAs, VA facilities, Veterans, VA APRNs, American Association Of Nurse Anesthetists, full practice authority, Anesthesia Care, VHA facilities, Delays, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

VA Decision Keeps Veterans Waiting for Timely Anesthesia Care

Despite documented evidence confirming that veterans are experiencing delays for essential healthcare services due to lack of anesthesia support in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published its final rule granting full practice authority to all advanced practice registered nurses except Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

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Patient Engagement, Patient Safety, OpenNotes, Beth Israel Deaconess, sigall bell

OpenNotes Reporting Tool Engages Patients as Safety Partners

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New research from OpenNotes investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) suggests that offering patients a mechanism to provide feedback about their notes further enhances engagement and can improve patient safety.

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NIH Funds $2 Million Study of Caregivers of Relatives with Bipolar Disorder

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With a four-year, $2 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, nurse scientists at Case Western Reserve University will conduct one of the first studies to test ways family members can maintain and improve their health while caring for relatives with bipolar disorder.

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User-Friendly Medication Packaging Design Can Boost Patient Safety

Improvements to text size and placement and color scheme could help consumers – especially the elderly – discriminate medication ingredients to avoid inadvertent overdoses.

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Filling Need for Fast and Accurate Assessment of Blood’s Ability to Clot

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Case Western Reserve University researchers have developed a portable sensor that can assess the clotting ability of a person’s blood 95 times faster than current methods—using only a single drop of blood.

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Adrenaline Rush: Delaying Epinephrine Shots After Cardiac Arrest Cuts Survival Rates

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Hospitals in which the administration of epinephrine to patients whose hearts have stopped is delayed beyond five minutes have significantly lower survival rates of those patients, a new study led by a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center finds.

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Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Retention, Job Satisfaction, ICU, Critical Care, University of Maryland Medical Center, APRN

AACN Journal Article Outlines How to Integrate New Nurse Practitioners into Critical Care

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An article in Critical Care Nurse describes key strategic planning for new roles, training programs and other strategies that have resulted in successful nurse practitioners in all 10 ICUs at the University of Maryland Medical Center. UMMC’s strategic approach has decreased turnover and increased overall job satisfaction scores among NPs.

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Patient's Hearing Is Restored Thanks to Cochlear Implant at Loyola

Julia Conkin's hearing was so poor she needed to use sign language to communicate. Then she received a cochlear implant at Loyola Medicine, and the results were spectacular. "I could hear things I had not heard for years, like music and conversations at gatherings,” she said. “It was beautiful to hear other people.”

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Advance Directives, Kidney Failure

Kidney Failure Patients’ Advance Directives Often Inadequately Address End-of-Life Decisions Related to Dialysis

• In a recent analysis, approximately half of dialysis patients had advance directives, but only 3% specifically addressed dialysis management at the end of life. • Patients were far more likely to address other end-of-life interventions than dialysis in their advance directives.

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Diabetes & Endocrinology, Diabetes, Hypoglycemia, Mortality, hospital mortality, Endocrine Society, Quality & Patient Safety, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism , Diabetes Awareness Month

Low Blood Glucose Levels in Hospitalized Patients Linked to Increased Mortality Risk

In hospitalized patients, low blood sugar—also known as hypoglycemia—is associated with increased short- and long-term mortality risk, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Medical Errors, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Medicine, Curriculum, Healthcare Quality, Patient Safety, Donna Woods

How to Prevent 440,000 Yearly Deaths Due to Medical Errors

The first Ph.D. program in health care quality and patient safety program in the country -- at Northwestern Medicine -- aims to prevent the annual 440,000 deaths from medical errors in the United States through innovative curriculum.







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