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Drug/catheter combo for labor induction could save 2.4 million hours of labor annually, Penn study shows
Labor induction is one of the most common medical procedures in the world, with nearly one-quarter of women who deliver in the U.S. undergoing the procedure each year (totaling roughly 1 million).

Emergency video telemedicine positively impacts newborn resuscitation
Approximately 10 percent of newborns require help breathing after birth, and 1 in 1,000 newborns require more intensive resuscitation measures.

Palliative care improves quality of life, lessens symptoms, Pitt study finds
People living with serious illness who receive palliative care have better quality of life and fewer symptoms than those who don't receive palliative care, according to a new study by researchers...

Replacing professional nurses with nursing assistants linked to heightened death risk
Odds rise by 21% for each substitution per 25 patients, large European study reveals.

What is a Multiple Gestation Pregnancy?
What are the symptoms of a multiple gestation pregnancy and what prenatal care is available? Learn about the risks, complications, and delivery options.

Patient safety benefits when hospitals provide feedback to staff who report errors
Voluntary reporting by hospital staff of errors and patient safety events are a key source of information for improving patient care. A St.

Dose of dextrose gel lowers risk of low blood sugar in newborns
A single dose of dextrose gel, rubbed inside a newborn's mouth an hour after birth, can lower their risk of developing neonatal hypoglycaemia, according to a randomized study published in PLOS...

Women who opt for laughing gas during labor, may still get an epidural, study shows
The majority of women who chose nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to manage labor pain, ultimately decide to have an epidural, according to new research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2016 annual...

Elder abuse under-identified in US emergency departments
Elder abuse affects approximately 1 in 10 older adults in the United States and has far-reaching negative effects on physical and mental health.

Zika: Could virus spread via contact with sweat, tears?
Doctors discuss a rare case of a patient who died from Zika virus and the possibility of transmission to a second patient via contact with sweat and tears.

More adverse events in deliveries led by midwives, New Zealand study finds
Mothers using autonomously practicing midwives throughout their pregnancy and childbirth are more likely to have adverse outcomes for their newborns than those who use obstetricians, according to a...

A talk with a nurse can persuade hospital patients to quit smoking: Quit rates triple after short consultation, access to quit aids
A short talk with a knowledgeable nurse could be the difference between a smoker stopping for cigarettes or stopping for nicotine gum on her way home from the hospital.

Placenta plays pivotal "umpire" role to influence pregnancy outcomes
New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother's...

Sepsis deaths fell dramatically after hospital implemented simple steps
Hospital cuts sepsis deaths by 40 percent after introducing relatively simple steps such as increased ward nurse training and a special observation chart.

Simple measures cut sepsis deaths nearly in half
Sepsis, commonly called blood poisoning, is a common affliction that can affect people of all ages.

Nurse-driven protocols relieve ER crowding
Study shows how carefully written, nurse-initiated protocols targeted at certain patients relieved crowding in a busy, inner-city emergency room.

Teamwork, communication training recommended to ensure surgical safety
Each member of the surgical team should be empowered to speak up and take responsibility for patient care.

Labor induction: No association with autism
Contrary to a previous study, new research from more than 1.3 million births concludes that there is no association between labor induction and autism.

Medical center reduces blood waste, saves millions with new practices
By changing practices spanning ordering, transport, and storage of blood, an academic medical center reduces blood use by 30 percent and saves $2 million.

Concern over number of premature babies not receiving potentially lifesaving care
Study highlights an important shortfall in the uptake of evidence into practice.

Hospitals on alert for global emergence of deadly, drug-resistant yeast infection
Candida auris - a multidrug-resistant, invasive yeast infection with high mortality rates - has hit nine countries, prompting fears of a global emergence.

Contaminated gloves increase risks of cross-transmission of pathogens
Research being presented at the ASM Microbe research meeting provides clear evidence that the gloves of healthcare workers contaminate hospital surfaces with bacteria.

Nurses calling for more training to help them and other health care staff to support people with sickle cell disease
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common serious genetic disorder in Britain, affecting around 15,000 adults and children.

'OB Nest': A novel approach to prenatal care
"OB Nest": Just the name may bring warm feelings to parents and prospective parents. However, at Mayo Clinic, it's much more than a name. It's a new way that Mayo Clinic is providing prenatal care.

Could swaddling babies for sleep raise risk of SIDS?
A review of four studies from different countries suggests there may be a link between swaddling babies for sleep and sudden infant death syndrome, and suggests some precautions.