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1. ACOG committee supports nifedipine for severe pregnancy hypertension

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

A panel of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended nifedipine as a first-line emergency treatment for acute, severe hypertension during pregnancy and postpartum, according to an opinion published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The committee said data showed nifedipine reduced blood pressure faster than intravenous labetalol or hydralazine. Medscape (free registration) (01/28)


2. Study suggests clonidine as alternate treatment for NAS

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

Newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome may be given clonidine as a comparable alternative to morphine, researchers reported in Pediatrics. Researcher Dr. Henrietta Bada of the University of Kentucky said the use of non-opioid alternatives is worth pursuing. Medscape (free registration) (01/29)


3. Preemies getting SLI may have less need for ventilator help

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

Preterm infants were 43% less likely to require ventilation within 72 hours of birth using prophylactic sustained lung inflation plus nasal continuous positive airway pressure, compared with infants who received just nCPAP, according to an adjusted analysis published in Pediatrics. Dr. Noah Hillman of Saint Louis University suggested caution in the use of SLI due to possible pneumothorax risk. Medscape (free registration) (01/28)


4. Study: Sedation protocol doesn't reduce ventilator days, adverse events in NICU

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

A targeted sedation protocol in the NICU did not reduce the amount of time spent on a ventilator or reduce the number of adverse events, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The protocol was deemed safe, and though it failed to show a statistically significant improvement, researchers urge continued study of sedation strategies. MedPage Today (free registration) (01/20)


5. New CE modules available from NCC!

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

Continuing Education from NCC is affordable and convenient. Modules are available in five, 10 and 15 hours of CE with prices starting at $19. Plan your continuing education around YOUR schedule. Purchase and access NCC CE modules from NCCwebsite.org at any time, 24/7. Read more. Blank (02/02)


6. See "Certified Nurses are Everywhere" on TV!

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

If you have not yet seen this message or even if you have, make sure that you tune in to see your specialty on TV during one of the specially scheduled broadcasts. "Certified Nurses are Everywhere!" will be aired during the "CBS Evening News" on Sundays in February. Learn more. Blank (01/05)


7. Remember to take the specialty assessment -- before earning CE!

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

The maintenance requirements for NCC Certified Nurses and Nurse Practitioners are determined by a specialty assessment. The specialty assessment creates a personalized education plan that directs the continuing education activities needed in order to maintain a NCC certification. Read more. Blank (01/05)


8. Groups call for standardizing maternal, neonatal care levels

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released a consensus document that calls for creating standardized levels of maternal and neonatal care that are distinct but complementary and offer consistent guidance on quality improvement. The report in Obstetrics & Gynecology outlines proposed standards for birth centers and facilities, including Level 4 regional perinatal health care centers with experience treating "the most complex and critically ill pregnant women." Medscape (free registration) (01/29)


9. Hysterectomy alternatives may be underused

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

Data on 3,397 patients with benign conditions who were treated with hysterectomy showed that in 37.7% of cases, doctors had not tried alternative treatments, while 18.3% had pathology that did not support hysterectomy. "This study provides evidence that alternatives to hysterectomy are underutilized in women undergoing hysterectomy for [abnormal uterine bleeding], uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic pain," researchers wrote in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. PhysiciansBriefing.com (01/13)


10. Episiotomy use is decreasing, study finds

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Feb 02, 2015

The percentage of vaginal births that included an episiotomy decreased from 17.3% in 2006 to 11.4% in 2012, Columbia University researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, which analyzed data on more than 2.2 million women who delivered infants at 510 facilities, found that white women and patients with private insurance were more likely to have the surgical procedure than black women or patients with Medicaid, indicating nonmedical factors may be tied to use of the procedure. PhysiciansBriefing.com (01/13)




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