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September 24, 2012
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  • Deaths after general anesthesia down 90% in half-century
    Canadian researchers reviewed 87 studies worldwide and found a 90% decline in deaths after surgery with general anesthesia since before the 1970s. The decline can be attributed to advances such as safer drugs, improved training, better monitoring and enhanced safety measures, said Dr. Michael Avidan of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings appear in the journal The Lancet. HealthDay News (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Achieving Quality of Care
Technology Breakthroughs Turn Theory into Action

A recent survey shows that the top concerns for nursing executives are patient satisfaction/patient experience, quality of care and patient safety, and controlling costs. The quality and skill mix of the direct care staff and the deployment of those caregivers are critical to addressing these top concerns. Read More
  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Risk of hypertension is higher in obese black children
    Researchers looked at 821 obese children and found that black children were more at risk for hypertension compared with white children. The findings, which were presented at an American Heart Association meeting, suggest that factors other than body mass index contribute to higher blood pressure, the lead researcher said. HealthDay News (9/21)
  • Study ties poor sleep to higher risk of resistant hypertension
    A study involving 230 patients with high blood pressure found that those with poor sleep quality were at double the risk of not responding to hypertension drugs than those who slept well. Women in the study were more likely to suffer from poor sleep than men. The findings will be presented at an American Heart Association meeting. HealthDay News (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies: Sugary drinks play leading role in obesity epidemic
    Three studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to greater weight gain among Americans. Two of the studies found that drinking noncaloric drinks could lower children's weight gain. Another study found that people who drank sugary beverages were twice as likely to gain weight because of genetic factors than people who did not drink such beverages. (9/22), Reuters (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lingering pain is a problem for cancer patients, survey shows
    A survey of 3,000 cancer patients found almost two-thirds continued to have pain or were taking pain medications a month after oncology visits, according to a study in Journal of Clinical Oncology, writes Dr. Pauline Chen in this blog post. While physicians have focused more on pain in response to past findings that cancer patients don't get enough relief, underestimation of the complexity of pain management may remain an obstacle, researchers said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technologies 
  • Poll: Patients want online tech; providers' systems can't keep up
    Patients are eager to adopt Web-based health care platforms, but the systems of many health care providers don't support engagement, according to a survey conducted by Optum Institute. The poll showed that 70% of respondents are equipped with basic EMR capabilities while 40% of providers were capable of engaging with consumers through e-mail or by offering them access to their medical records. Healthcare Informatics online (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WebMD launches an app for people with chronic pain
    WebMD Pain Coach is a free iPhone application that helps people with chronic pain manage their condition and share information with their physicians. People can use the app to keep a journal of lifestyle behaviors that could trigger pain. eWeek (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Work-Life Balance 
  • Couch potato routine packs exercises into commercial breaks
    A couch potato workout developed by fitness experts Chris and Heidi Powell is designed to get in 18 to 20 minutes of exercise during a one-hour television show. The body-weight-based exercises are done during commercial breaks, with about 30 seconds to a minute per exercise until the show starts again. KTVK-TV (Phoenix) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • House bill would give decision on MLR waivers to states
    A bill that cleared the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday would give authority to states to grant waivers from the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio rule. The CMS currently decides whether to grant insurers waivers from the rule limiting the proportion of premiums they may spend on administrative expenses. HealthLeaders Media (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tuesday webinar: Advancing the Business Case for Fall Prevention Programs
    Do you have a fall prevention program that works, but you can't obtain the resources to implement it? Combining cost methods with quality improvement programs can help organizations recognize the need for revising program infrastructure and capacity to enhance patient, unit and facility outcomes. To help hospitals build a business case to fund their fall prevention programs, ANA is offering this specially focused webinar 11 a.m. to noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Register today to make the case for your fall prevention programs! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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