Nursing News

Relaxed Blood Pressure Guidelines Cut Millions from Needing Medication

April 3, 2014 - New guidelines that ease the recommended blood pressure could result in 5.8 million U.S. adults no longer needing hypertension medication, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers.

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Substantial Decrease in Use of Cardiac Imaging Procedure Found

March 27, 2014 - There has been a sharp decline since 2006 in the use of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI); an imaging procedure used to determine areas of the heart with decreased blood flow), a decrease that cannot be explained by an increase in other imaging methods, according to a study in the March 26 issue of JAMA.

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Post-op Pain Management Linked to Overall Patient Satisfaction
March 21, 2014 - Patients’ postoperative reports of pain during recovery strongly correlate with overall patient satisfaction during hospital stays, according to a new study from Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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Severe Diarrheal Illness in Children Linked to Antibiotics Prescribed in Doctor’s Offices

March 15, 2014 - The majority of pediatric Clostridium difficile infections, which are bacterial infections that cause severe diarrhea and are potentially life-threatening, occur among children in the general community who recently took antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices for other conditions, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in Pediatrics.

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Care Coordination Seen as Growth Area for RN Opportunities

March 10, 2014 - Care coordination is at the heart of an undergraduate nursing education, and stretches across a number of specialties. Using clinical assessment as well as psychosocial skills in a holistic manner, it has also become a stand-alone specialty where the opportunities for registered nurses are plentiful and expected to expand.

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Hand Sanitizer, Hygiene Training Still Lacking at US Hospitals
March 6, 2014 - Approximately one in five U.S. health facilities don’t make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at every point of care, missing a critical opportunity to prevent health care-associated infections, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing and the World Health Organization (WHO) published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study, which examined compliance with WHO hand hygiene guidelines in the U.S., also found that only about half of the hospitals, ambulatory care, and long-term care facilities had set aside funds in their budgets for hand hygiene training.

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