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Cyberattack puts 4.5 million patients at risk
Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the country, announced Monday hackers broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients, including names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers, according to media reports. The breach puts the affected patients at heightened risk of identity fraud. CHS, which is based in Franklin, Tenn., operates...READ MORE »
Study: HIV diagnosis rates falling
HIV diagnosis rates have fallen in recent years, according to a study released July 19 by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National HIV Surveillance System, the study found that 16 out of every 100,000 people ages 13 and older were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2011, a decrease from 24 out of 100,000 people in 2002. Nationally, the annual...READ MORE »
Ebola deaths rise, officials urge exit screenings at airports
The suspected and confirmed case count of Ebola virus disease reached 2,240, according to a World Health Organization Aug. 19 update, with suspected case deaths at 1,229. To reduce the likelihood those who are infected will spread the disease outside their communities, the governments in affected west African countries have set up quarantine zones in areas of high transmission, according to WHO. The outbreak has...READ MORE »
Pediatric athletes playing too soon after concussion injuries
Youth athletes who receive concussions are often returning to fields or courts prior to receiving medical clearance to do so, a recent study appearing in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery found. The study, published in July, looked at 150 pediatric patients ages 8 to 17 who were diagnosed with concussion during a one-year period. The study took place from November 2011 to November 2012 in a pediatric ED...READ MORE »
Brain tissue model could improve research
A new 3D tissue model of the brain might make it easier to study brain injuries and other conditions without having to access the real thing. The model, made of silk and collagen gel, according to a National Institutes of Health article, mimics basic brain function and could prove useful in developing new treatments for brain disorders. "The brain remains one of the most important but least understood tissues in our...READ MORE »
Treating the mind: Part I
Cynthia von Grauvogl, RN-BC, MSN, CARN-AP, has heard of mental health and psychiatric clinical rotations that start with a showing of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," a film set in a 1950s-era psychiatric hospital run by a tyrannical nurse. She sees no need for that. "The students already show up terrified," said von Grauvogl, a full-time instructor at the California State University, Fullerton School of Nursing....READ MORE »
Study: Fecal transplants yielding positive results for patients
Fecal microbiota transplantation is proving successful at treating Clostridium difficile infections, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. The study, published online June 3, focused on immunocompromised patients - a population particularly vulnerable to CDI, according to researchers. Among the 80 patients studied, which included five pediatric patients, 36 had inflammatory bowel...READ MORE »
Nurse.com's Suarez takes the reins as NAHN president
Nurse.com's Dan Suarez, RN, MA, associate director of sales for the New York region, was sworn in as the new president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses at the association's 2014 conference in Miami in July. Suarez, a past president of the New York Chapter, shared some insight into NAHN's future goals and initiatives, as well as his vision for the organization's growth. Nurse.com: As the new president,...READ MORE »
Study: Link between vitamin D and Alzheimer's confirmed
Researchers have confirmed a link between vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published online Aug. 6 in Neurology. The study focused on 1,658 elderly adults free from dementia, cardiovascular disease and stroke over a period of about six years. The participants in the study had their serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D measured. About 170 subjects developed...READ MORE »
Pfizer denies liability in Lipitor lawsuits
Pfizer has denied liability after an increase in lawsuits alleging the company was aware of a possible risk of type-2 diabetes from its popular anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor, according to Reuters. The Food and Drug Administration warned in 2012 that Lipitor and other statins were linked to incidents of memory loss and a "small increased risk" of diabetes. Reuters' review of federal court filings shows lawsuits by...READ MORE »
Review: Benefits of sleep-inducing and alertness drugs questionable
Shift workers are taking drugs to help them stay awake or get to sleep despite weak evidence for their benefit, according to a new Cochrane review. The results of trials suggest for some they might do more harm than good. Disturbances to normal sleeping and waking patterns increase the risk of accidents and affect shift workers' health, making it important to avoid shift work when possible and improve schedules to...READ MORE »
Study: Parents can reduce medication dosing errors at home
Busy, multitasking parents are at risk for making medication mistakes since they may not remember their child's prescribed dose or may not know how to measure the dose correctly, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics, "Unit of Measurement Used and Parent Medication Dosing Errors," published online July 14. The study found that 39.4% of parents incorrectly measured the dose they intended, and ultimately...READ MORE »
ANCC and RNS announce the first board certification in rheumatology nursing
The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Rheumatology Nurses Society announced plans to develop a new board certification through portfolio for rheumatology nursing. Announced Aug. 7 at the RNS Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky., the new certification program will be developed beginning this year and is scheduled for launch in 2015, according to a news release. ANCC's certification through portfolio is an...READ MORE »
Streamlined processes
Lean management can be a tool for not only cutting costs but also for improving outcomes. Its roots lie in manufacturing - more specifically, the Toyota Production System. In healthcare, lean management is being applied to processes ranging from patient flow through the hospital to supply inventory. "Lean looks at streamlining processes to highlight and eliminate waste," said Manimegalai Murugavel, RN-BC, DNP,...READ MORE »
The Next Shift: A night to remember
Several months ago, my husband and I were invited to a large fundraiser at a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel as guests of one of his clients. We were running late, as I had just finished a grueling 12-hour shift in the ED and had to run home to change. When we arrived, the hall was packed with many influential people all dressed in their finest, socializing and preparing to proceed into the dining area. As we walked...READ MORE »