Hospitals cut catheter infections, but progress is slowing | AMA adopts policies for physicians-in-training seeking health services | Fla. hospital temporarily stops accepting patients needing ICU care due to staffing shortage
November 22, 2016
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Hospitals cut catheter infections, but progress is slowing
Incidence of central-line catheter infections has been halved since 2008, but many seriously ill patients are still exposed to bacteria via the IV lines, according to a review from Consumer Reports. The review of close to 2,000 hospitals' five-year records shows improvement, but progress is slowing, said Doris Peter, director of the publication's Health Ratings Center.
HealthDay News (11/21) 
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AMA adopts policies for physicians-in-training seeking health services
The American Medical Association has adopted new policies to promote the health and well-being of physicians-in-training. The policies aim to help physicians in medical school, residencies or fellowships obtain confidential medical and mental health services in a timely manner.
Healio (free registration) (11/18) 
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Medicine in the News
WHO ends Zika international emergency declaration
The World Health Organization has lifted its global health emergency designation for the Zika virus, prompting concerns from some public health experts that the move could stall investments on research and preparedness efforts. However, the CDC said that the WHO's declaration doesn't reduce the urgency of developing Zika vaccines and diagnostics or of understanding its health risks on fetuses and infants.
Reuters (11/18),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/18),  USA Today (11/18) 
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ACA is immediate priority for incoming administration, Pence says
President-elect Donald Trump will begin his term by focusing on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act right after the inauguration, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said in an interview on Sunday. A replacement will be driven by "free-market solutions," Pence said.
USA Today (11/20),  Politico (11/20) 
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Why Platform Matters When Choosing an ERP System
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Trends and Technology
Study compares centralized, decentralized nursing stations
University of Kentucky researchers and University of Kentucky Medical Center staff studied the effect of moving the center's cardiovascular services unit and changing from centralized nursing stations to decentralized stations. Patient satisfaction was the same, but nurses found decentralized stations led to more hallway conversations among clinicians that could affect noise and privacy, an overall decrease in communication, feelings of isolation, and difficulty finding help.
Healthcare Design online (11/14) 
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SmartBrief will not publish Nov. 25
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Critical Care SmartBrief will not publish on Nov. 25. Publication will resume Nov. 29.
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