Intervention helps ICU nurses reduce blood culture contamination | Minn. hospital uses acuity-adaptable rooms to integrate ICU care | Interim results reported from trial of idarucizumab
 
June 23, 2015
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Intervention helps ICU nurses reduce blood culture contamination
Intensive care nurses given a two-hour course on optimal blood culture collection techniques had lower rates of culture contamination, compared with nurses using standard techniques, researchers reported in the American Journal of Infection Control. The nurses in the intervention arm had higher contamination rates with blood cultures drawn through a catheter compared with blood taken using venipuncture, researchers said. Healio (free registration) (6/22)
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Minn. hospital uses acuity-adaptable rooms to integrate ICU care
Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn., is changing its intensive care model to integrate acuity-adaptable rooms within medical and surgical units and provide general or ICU care depending on patient needs. The change will allowed for improved shared-staffing and support services for nurses, although the hospital will continue to have designated ICU nurses. West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.) (6/23)
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