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March 8, 2013
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  • BSNs linked to lower death rates after surgery in Pa. study
    A 10-point increase in the percentage of nurses with baccalaureate degrees in a hospital was associated with an average reduction of about two deaths for every 1,000 surgical patients, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs. Factors such as staffing levels, skills or experience were not associated with lower death rates in the study, which involved 134 Pennsylvania hospitals. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 White Paper: Getting Right With the Joint Commission
Acting quickly on critical results has been part of the Joint Commission's annual goals since 2005. So why has this goal been less successfully implemented? This white paper explores caregiver communications and looks at how to address some common challenges with the help of modern-day technology. Read white paper.

  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Adult, pediatric admissions for congenital heart disease are examined
    Data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample of congenital heart disease cases from 1998 to 2010 showed that adult admission volume increased 87.8% compared with 32.8% for pediatric admissions over the second half of the study. The extent of medical comorbidity rose for both pediatric and adult patients, but was greater among adults, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heart failure risk seen among black breast cancer survivors
    U.S. researchers looked at more than 26,000 breast cancer survivors and found that black women had the highest rate of heart failure compared with others. While the risk of heart failure was greater for black women than white women in the study, the risk of death was the same after the disease developed. The study was presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Correlation found between death risk and processed meat
    People who ate 160 grams or more of processed meat daily were 44% more likely to die prematurely than those who consumed 10 to 20 grams, according to a study of almost 450,000 men and women. The risk rose with the amount of processed meat eaten. The study appeared online in the journal BMC Medicine. HealthDay News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Children's diets aren't healthier with food stamps
    Whether or not they participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, low-income children failed to meet the national dietary recommendations, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. With or without the benefits, similar proportions of children were obese. Reuters (3/7)
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Brisk walking improves stroke survivors' quality of life
    Survivors of ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke who participated in a brisk outdoor walking program for three months had greater improvement in quality of life scores than a massage therapy group, a Jamaican study found. The walking group did better in six-minute endurance tests and had lower resting heart rates compared with the massage group. The findings appear in the journal Stroke. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Experts say exercise myths persist until people see results
    Fitness experts say it is not always easy to separate fact from fiction in exercise science but people get a better understanding when they see results from their workouts. Two common myths are that women who lift weights will build big muscles and that low-intensity exercises burn more calories than intense workouts. Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • ICD-10 transition to move forward, CMS says
    CMS announced that the shift to ICD-10 codes will continue without additional delays, meaning providers must begin using the new codes Oct. 1, 2014. "Many in the health industry are under way with the necessary system changes to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Halting this progress midstream would be costly, burdensome, and would eliminate the impending benefits of these investments," said acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. American Medical News (free content) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Protect your career with professional liability insurance
    Protect yourself and your career with professional liability insurance. Every nurse today should carry their own professional nursing liability insurance to protect themselves from the costs of legal and board of nursing action – even if they are covered by their employer. Discounted rates are available for ANA Members. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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