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Adverse events in nursing facilities outpace hospitals
The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently reported that 32% of Medicare beneficiaries who went to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and spent an average of 15.5 days in the SNF in August 2011 experienced an adverse event or other harm (Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries, OEI-06-11-00370 (Feb. 2014)).
Invasive GAS infections in pregnancy
Ignaz Semmelweiss made one of the most important contributions to modern medicine when he instituted hand washing in an obstetric clinic in Austria in 1847, decreasing mortality there from more than ten percent to two percent.
In the UK verbal and physical aggression towards NHS staff is on the increase
VERBAL and physical aggression towards health and social care staff is on the increase. The NHS has reported a rise of 5.8 per cent in reported assaults - up to 63,199 in 2012/13. Now a University of Huddersfield lecturer has called for a programme of research to establish the best methods for dealing with the problem.
New terms used for trainee doctors stump nurses and patients
Nurses and patients are struggling to identify qualified doctors or to grade their seniority from their generic name badges, finds a survey of one hospital in England, published online in BMJ Quality & Safety.
Mental health problems mistaken for physical illness in children
Many children are admitted to general acute wards with mental health problems mistaken for physical disease.Somatic symptoms, such as abdominal pain, headaches, limb pain and tiredness, often mask underlying problems and result in the NHS spending money on investigations to eliminate wrongly diagnosed disease.
Music as therapeutic intervention can relieve anxiety and depression in older people
Using music and singing in health care can improve quality of life for older people by easing pain, anxiety and depression.According to an article published in Mental Health Practice, the practices can be easily and effectively used as therapeutic nursing interventions.
Eliminating maternal mortality in developing countries could extend women's life expectancy in reproductive ages
Maternal death rates represent the single largest health discrepancy between developed and developing populations, with nearly all - over 99% - maternal deaths worldwide occurring in developing countries and over half of them in sub-Saharan Africa countries. Eliminating maternal mortality, which is defined as the deaths related to pregnancy, would result in a gain of over a half year (0.
Peer-to-peer aggression threatens patient care and outcomes
Horizontal violence between nurses at the same level of authority is jeopardising patient outcomes, research has revealed.A study of the phenomenon in a perinatal department at a US hospital found that staff on labour and delivery wards experience hostile behaviour more frequently than those working elsewhere in the same service.
Urgent care staff must be alert to atypical signs of life-threatening meningococcal septicaemia
Nurses working in emergency care environments must be trained to recognise the atypical signs and symptoms of meningococcal septicaemia.A case study, published in Emergency Nurse, reveals how easy it is for such symptoms to be missed, delaying diagnosis and treatment of a patient with the life-threatening condition.
Nurse workload, education linked to patient survival following surgery
Between administering medications and coordinating care, nurses are some of the busiest health care professionals, often placed as the first point of contact for patients. Perhaps it comes as no surprise, then, that a recent study suggests patients are more likely to die after common surgeries when the nurses who care for them have heavier workloads.
Practice-based learning improves end of life care confidence in community nurses
District and community nurses who completed a practice-based educational pathway reported greater confidence in delivering palliative and end of life care to patients.Nurses working in these roles said communication was their main area of concern in relation to end of life care but this increased significantly during the project, due to interaction with colleagues experienced in this area.
"It takes a village" - Community-based methods for improving maternal and newborn health
A series of studies are published in a special supplement that presents results of the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership - a three-year pilot program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the goal of improving the health of Ethiopian mothers and their newborns.
Preterm babies' language skills better when exposed to adult speech
The linguistic benefits of talking to babies has been well documented, as their brains rapidly develop, allowing them to make millions of new connections. Now, researchers looking at the effects of adult speech on preterm infants have found that increased adult speech during the early weeks of life is associated with better cognitive scores later.
Neonatal mortality rates an increasing trend in home birth
In a study to be presented on Feb. 7 at 2:15 p.m. CST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in New Orleans, researchers will report that patients delivered at home by midwives had a roughly four times higher risk of neonatal deaths than babies delivered in the hospital by midwives.
Recommendations to make childbirth safer in Indonesia
A joint report by U.S. and Indonesian experts, including Dr. Eli Y. Adashi, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University, provides recommendations to improve the survival of mothers and newborns in Indonesia. That nation, a rising power, must invest in medical infrastructure including facilities and transportation, according to the report sponsored by the U.S.
Pay linked to patient outcomes: China's reliance on lower-paid contract nurses may compromise patient care
Economic and health system reforms in China in recent decades have dramatically reduced the number of traditional hospital nursing jobs, known as "bianzhi" or "iron rice bowl" positions, which are guaranteed for life.
UK pancreatic cancer charity launches newly diagnosed patient pack
In a bid to achieve its aim of ensuring everyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK has access to information about its services, Pancreatic Cancer UK has launched a 'newly diagnosed pack' for patients and will be piloting it's use in hospitals throughout the UK.
Risk of future disability to child should "weigh heavily" in birthplace decisions, warn ethicists
The risk of future long term disability to the child should "weigh heavily" in decisions about whether to give birth at home or in hospital, argue leading ethicists in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
A close look at yeast evolution offered by new sequencing tools
The baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been associated with human activities for thousands of years, being the primary biological agent in baking, brewing, winemaking and other fermentation processes. It is also one of the most important model organisms in molecular biology and genetics research.
Recommendations to help prevent health-care-associated infections transmitted through clothing
New guidance from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) provides recommendations to prevent transmission of healthcare-associated infections through healthcare personnel (HCP) attire in non-operating room settings.
Patients with learning disabilities become 'invisible' in hospitals, says study
Hospital patients with learning disabilities face longer waits and mismanaged treatment due to a failure to understand them by nursing staff, says a new report.In one case, a patient who had problems making herself understood was accused of being drunk by hard pressed hospital staff.
Putting patients first: five global healthcare organizations sign Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration
Five global healthcare organizations have established a Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration to support partnerships that will aim to deliver greater patient benefits and support high quality patient care.
Infectious diarrhea germs stick to healthcare worker hands
A new study finds nearly one in four healthcare workers' hands were contaminated with Clostridium difficile spores after routine care of patients infected with the bacteria. The study was published in the January issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
Unequal treatment in the US workplace reported by foreign-educated nurses
New study raises ethical and practical concerns for recruiters and health-care facilitiesForty percent of foreign-educated nurses working in U.S.
Study shows maternal health program in India failing to deliver
A prominent program that claims to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural India by encouraging mothers to deliver in private hospitals has been unsuccessful, despite the investment of more than $25 million since 2005, a new Duke University study finds.