CDC: MRSA infection rates in hospitals decreased between 2005 and 2011 | Study warns antipsychotics are dangerous for dementia patients | Nurse-to-patient standards in acute care appear to reduce occupational injuries
March 19, 2015
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CDC: MRSA infection rates in hospitals decreased between 2005 and 2011
Cases of hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection dropped 54% from 2005 to 2011, and the number of MRSA-related deaths was 9,000 fewer in 2011 than in 2005, according to a CDC study. Becky Dershem, director of nursing at the Allen County Health Department in Ohio, said hospitals are now more vigilant about hand-washing and health care professionals are more careful with prescribing antibiotics. (3/16)
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Study warns antipsychotics are dangerous for dementia patients
Researchers found that antipsychotic drugs may raise dementia patients' risk of premature death more than previously thought, and risk is correlated to dose with newer antidepressants. The study was reported in JAMA Psychiatry. "The harms associated with using these drugs in dementia patients are clear. ... These results should raise the threshold for prescribing further," study author Dr. Donovan Maust said. HealthDay News (3/18)
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Nurse-to-patient standards in acute care appear to reduce occupational injuries
The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses in California acute care hospitals fell after the state established a minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratio, according to a study in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. Findings show that the law resulted in an average yearly drop of 32% from 176 to 120 illnesses and injuries per 10,000 registered nurses. For licensed practical nurses, injuries dropped from 244 to 161 injuries per 10,000 individuals, or a 34% drop. (3/17)
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Study: Patient hand-off tool may not be enough at night
A widely used patient hand-off tool may not fully address nighttime clinical issues for hospital staff, according to a report in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Researchers found that in 94.4% of patient encounters at night, a nurse or patient chart was used for information, compared with 27.7% of encounters that used the hand-off tool. News (3/16)
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Early habits influence heart health in adulthood
Approximately 90% of nearly 9,000 children had healthy blood pressure levels, but fewer than 1% were eating a healthy diet and 40% had poor cholesterol levels, according to a study based on the 2003-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Although children started with good BP levels, poor diet can trigger greater body mass index and cholesterol levels, lead researcher Donald Lloyd-Jones said. The findings appear in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. HealthDay News (3/17), (3/17)
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Study: Blood pressure increases with salty snack consumption in youths
Greater consumption of salty snacks was associated with elevated blood pressure levels among middle-school students, according to an Italian study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Students who ate two or more salty snacks each day were more likely to have among the highest BP readings in the study compared with those who consumed no more than one salty snack per day. Reuters (3/17)
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Report: Dearth of diversity in genetic studies endangers personalized medicine
A new report from the FDA and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health finds a lack of patient diversity in genetic research that could undermine the move toward personalized medicine. "Without a dramatic reversal in the quality of genetic studies, the benefits of personalized medicine will not be realized by all," said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the alliance. The report found nonwhite patients and women are underrepresented in genetics research, and just 4% of genome-associated study populations included participants of non-European descent. Latin Post (3/12)
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Asthma drug from GSK found safe in preliminary FDA review
A preliminary FDA review of GlaxoSmithKline's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease drug Breo Ellipta found no new safety issues during testing for asthma treatment. There were no deaths related to asthma in the studies reviewed, and the drug's safety as an asthma treatment was similar to other drugs that combine steroids and long-acting beta-adrenoceptor agonists. Reuters (3/17)
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New measure would allow nurses in Mich. to prescribe drugs
Advanced practice registered nurses will be allowed to treat, diagnose and prescribe drugs to patients without a doctor's consent under a new measure that is up for a state Senate committee vote. Sen. Mike Shirkey R-Clarklake, the bill's sponsor, said that the bill would help address physician shortage in the state and would allow registered nurses to fully practice to their full potential. (3/16)
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Telehealth proposal approved by Idaho legislature
A telemedicine bill that would enhance the access of rural patients to health care has passed the Idaho Legislature and is headed to the governor for signature. If it is signed into law, the measure would allow the licensing boards in the state to develop their own policies and determine the care services that could be provided remotely by medical professionals. Idaho State Journal (Pocatello) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (3/17)
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