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Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool validated for pain assessment in patients following cardiac surgery
How do you measure the pain of a patient who can't communicate? A Rhode Island Hospital researcher studied an observational pain scale in cardiac surgery patients, and found that the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT) provided an accurate measure of a patient's pain level.
The impact of IOM report on nursing reforms assessed
Two new studies by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) examine how well hospitals and other health care facilities are doing when it comes to a call to reform the nursing profession.
Positive effects in children after home visits by nurses, paraprofessionals
Home visits by nurses and paraprofessionals to children of low-income women had some positive benefits for the children on cognitive and behavioral measures, according to the results of a clinical trial published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication.
Oncology nurse navigators help cancer patients cope early in care
When Group Health patients received support from a nurse navigator, or advocate, soon after a cancer diagnosis, they had better experiences and fewer problems with their care - particularly in health information, care coordination, and psychological and social care - according to a randomized controlled trial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
New ostomy care resource developed
Nurses caring for ostomy patients will now be equipped with an essential new tool that provides them with the first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management and enhance patient safety.
Shift change handover at the bedside reduces medical errors and satisfies patients
At shift change, incoming and outgoing nurses transfer accountability by exchanging information about the patients under their charge. Called bedside handover, this process empowers patients and allows them to become active partners in their own care.New research shows that performing this transfer at the patient's bedside can also reduce potential errors.
UEA researchers pioneer first patient-specific 3D virtual birth simulator
Computer scientists from the University of East Anglia are working to create a virtual birthing simulator that will help doctors and midwives prepare for unusual or dangerous births.The new programme will take into account factors such as the shape of the mother's body and the positioning of the baby to provide patient-specific birth predictions.
After a c-section, almost two-thirds of women who attempt natural delivery are successful
Almost two-thirds of women who attempt a natural delivery after having a caesarean section for their first birth are successful, according to a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Multi-institutional study recommends cut point for clinical experience in pediatric ICUs
Nursing leaders from 38 children's hospitals, led by Patricia Hickey, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, vice president of critical care and cardiovascular services at Boston Children's Hospital, demonstrated that nursing education and experience significantly impact outcomes for patients who underwent cardiac surgery.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants could aid in physician shortage
Much of the shortage of primary care physicians expected over the next decade could be eliminated if the nation increases use of new models of medical care that expand the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
The importance of foreign-educated health workers in the US health system
Foreign-educated and foreign-born health professionals play a vital role in the U.S. health care workforce, but strategic shifts such as changes in immigration laws may be needed to stabilize the nation's health workforce, according to a new RAND Corporation study.The two groups fill important gaps in the U.S.
Better use of lighting in hospital rooms may improve patients' health
A new study suggests that changing the lighting patterns in hospital rooms so that they're more aligned with normal sleep-wake cycles could help patients feel better with less fatigue and pain. Published early online in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, the findings point to a simple and inexpensive way to potentially improve patient care.
RI Hospital study measures impact of education, information on hand hygiene compliance
How often do you clean your hands? A study at Rhode Island Hospital observed staff on 161,526 occasions to monitor how often they cleaned their hands (ie, hand hygiene) between July 2008 to December 2012 and found that hand hygiene compliance improved from 60 percent to 89 percent. The study is published online in advance of print in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
'Moral distress' among nurses in burn unit
Loyola University Medical Center researchers have published the first ever study of emotional and psychological anguish, known as "moral distress," experienced by nurses in an intensive care unit for burn patients.The study by first author Jeanie M. Leggett, RN, BSN, MA and colleagues is published in the Journal of Burn Care and Research.
Mothers with prematurely born infants benefited from personal listening sessions with NICU nurses
For most women, childbirth is an intense experience, culminating in the joy of delivering a newborn, swaddled and sweet, resting in the mother's arms within hours. Yet for those who deliver their babies prematurely, the experience is bereft of such bonding, laden with anxiety, confusion, and doubt.
National survey reveals procedural errors in hospitals relating to arterial line fluids continue to pose a safety risk to patients
The results of a national survey into practice involving connecting arterial line fluids to patients in hospitals reveals inconsistent application of national guidelines, meaning that some patients may be at risk of serious harm.
More than 40 million episodes of poor care in hospitals every year worldwide
There are almost 43 million instances of harm caused by medical care in hospitals around the world every year, indicates an analysis of unsafe care published online in BMJ Quality & Safety.Two thirds of these occur in low and middle income countries, the figures suggest.
Compassion isn't the key to NHS failings according to UEA report
Compassion is not the answer to systemic failings within the NHS, according to a medical ethics expert from the University of East Anglia.David Cameron has called for nurses to be hired and promoted on the basis of having compassion in response to the Francis Report into failings at mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
One-to-one midwife care just as safe and costs significantly less than current maternity care
Continued care from a named midwife throughout pregnancy, birth, and after the baby is born (caseload midwifery) is just as safe as standard maternity care (shared between different midwives and medical practitioners) for all women irrespective of risk, and is significantly cheaper, according to new research published in The Lancet. "Caseload midwifery costs roughly AUS$566.00 (£333.
Nursing students lack effective role models for infection prevention: Study
100 percent of student nurses surveyed observed lapses in infection prevention and control practices during their clinical placements, according to a British study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Management of rheumatoid arthritis just as good with specialist nurses as with doctors
Patients attending clinical nurse specialist clinics do not get inferior treatment to that offered by consultant rheumatologists, the results of a major new clinical trial have revealed.
"Bring your own device" to work tech trend helps nurses provide improved patient care
Not long ago, hospital IT departments supplied and maintained the hardware and software that nurses used to perform work-related tasks. Then came the mobile revolution, when consumers increasingly began carrying smartphones and tablets to assist them in their personal lives as well as in business. As a direct result, many nurses today are following the trend known as BYOD - bring your own device.
Managing occupational exposures to HIV: New federal guidelines
New guidelines from the United States Public Health Service update the recommendations for the management of healthcare personnel (HCP) with occupational exposure to HIV and use of postexposure prophylaxis (PEP).
Negative work environment characteristics associated with more physician verbal abuse as well as nurse abuse
A recent study by the RN Work Project found that newly licensed registered nurses (NLRNs) who were verbally abused by nursing colleagues reported lower job satisfaction, unfavorable perceptions of their work environment, and greater intent to leave their current jobs.
One size doesn't fit all: Ethnic birth weight chart better for infant care
One size chart doesn't fit all when it comes to evaluating birth weight and health outcomes of newborns.