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1. Rotational instrumental, cesarean deliveries show similar neonatal outcomes

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

Rotational instrumental delivery for fetal malposition was associated with no worse neonatal outcomes than cesarean section, according to a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers found that mothers who were younger, delivered during the daytime and who had a lower body mass index had increased odds of undergoing rotational instrumental delivery. PhysiciansBriefing.com (03/24)


2. Gestational diabetes drug tied to increased risk of adverse events in newborns

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

Treating gestational diabetes with glyburide was associated with higher risks for hypoglycemia, birth injury and respiratory distress among newborns compared with insulin treatment during pregnancy, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Infants born to mothers who took glyburide were also more likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit and have a large for gestational age status than those exposed to insulin while in the womb. Family Practice News (03/30)


3. NCC's continuing competency assessment for maintenance -- A quick update

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

As of 2015, close to 100,000 NCC certified nurses have completed an assessment. In the beginning of the process, approximately 63% of nurses required the full 45 hours of CE; however, by the end of five years, only about 50% are requiring the full 45 hours of CE. This represents a 20% change in CE needs since the continuing competency initiative started and demonstrates improving knowledge competency in core areas over time. Read more. Blank (04/06)


4. Study: 94% of NICU antibiotics prescribed for suspected infection

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

NICU data showed 94% of antibiotics were prescribed for suspected infections, while just 5% of treatments ultimately were confirmed by positive cultures, researchers reported in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. They said prompt discontinuation of antibiotics if infection is ruled out and evaluation of safe minimum duration for therapy can reduce antibiotic usage and avoid associated adverse outcomes. Healio (free registration) (03/18)


5. Plaques, certificates and cards ... customized for you!

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

Log in to this new site with your NCC login to see the items that are available specifically for you. Give your patients the added confidence of knowing they are being cared for by a proficient, well-educated NCC certified professional. Display your accomplishment of certification! Blank (04/06)


6. Case study: Woman with preeclampsia receives CPAP

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

A case study in Obstetrics & Gynecology found a woman with early-onset preeclampsia and sleep-disordered breathing may have prolonged her pregnancy by using continuous positive airway pressure at night. A researcher in Australia said other studies have noted CPAP may improve blood pressure for women with hypertension or fetal activity in women with preeclampsia. Medscape (free registration) (03/30)


7. Study: 47% of pregnant women gain too much weight

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

Data on more than 44,000 women showed about 47% gained excessive weight, 32% were within Institute of Medicine weight-gain recommendations and 20% gained too few pounds, CDC researchers reported in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Women who were overweight or obese were more likely to gain weight beyond recommended levels for pregnancy, the study found. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can raise health risks for both the mother and baby, researchers noted. HealthDay News (03/11)


8. Ark. telehealth program helps women with breast-feeding

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

Baptist Health in Arkansas uses telehealth technology to promote breast-feeding in rural areas and for mothers whose infants are in the NICU. Registered nurse Ciara McClanahan said the technology will help educate mothers of NICU babies so they can bring breast milk for their infants when they visit. KATV-TV (Little Rock, Ark.) (03/19)


9. Nurse-to-patient standards in acute care appear to reduce occupational injuries

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

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. Nurse.com (03/17)


10. Study: Collaboration among nurses, physicians linked with ICU safety

NCC Practice Resource (Powered by SmartBrief) | Apr 06, 2015

Strong nurse-physician partnerships were associated with lower incidence of health care-associated infections in critical care settings, according to a study in the journal Critical Care Nurse. An analysis of five years' worth of data found nurses' reports of positive clinician collaboration were associated with lower rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia and central line-associated bloodstream infections. Intensive care units with more certified nurses also had fewer HAIs. BeckersHospitalReview.com (04/02)




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