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January 2, 2013
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  • Swedish study supports safety of prenatal use of SSRIs
    Rates of stillbirth and infant death were similar for women who were prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor during pregnancy and those who weren't after factors such as age and smoking were taken into account, a Swedish study found. An expert not involved in the study said its findings were limited because it looked at prescription and not ingestion. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. WebMD (1/1)
 9 Tips to Bring Order to Hospital Communications Chaos
With the amount of information today's healthcare technology generates, communications have become intricate webs of guesswork, unknown mobile devices, confusing schedules, and just too many systems going beep. In this paper you'll find nine tips to cope with this chaos and give it the order your patients and staff so desperately need. Download white paper now >

  Nursing, Health & Medical Science 
  • Economic strains at birth may raise teenage delinquent behavior risk
    Teens born in areas experiencing high unemployment rates at the time of the recessions of 1980-1981 and 1982 were more likely to display certain delinquent behaviors such as smoking, drinking, marijuana use, arrests and thefts, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry. However, researchers said that employment rates were not linked to use of guns or hard drugs. Reuters (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Doctors, nurses should be present in schools
    The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics, said that each school district in the U.S. should have a doctor and that all schools should have a nurse. The group recommends that these doctors have an expertise in pediatrics or be certified pediatricians, and be knowledgeable with risk management, vaccinations, sports medicine and disease outbreak control. Reuters (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Free Guide: The Future of Patient Care
Mobile clinical workspaces are the future of patient care. You shouldn't have to think about technology. It should just work - whenever, wherever the point of care takes place. With VMware Point of Care Solutions, you get non-stop, mobile access to critical patient-care applications, information and images. Download our Pocket Guide Here.
  Trends & Technologies 
  • Governors' report supports expanding NPs' scope of practice
    Nurse practitioners and physicians offer comparable quality of care in terms of patient satisfaction, prescribing accuracy, preventive education and time spent with patients, according to a review of the literature by the National Governors Association. "The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care" report found that expanding nurse practitioners' scope of practice would not lower quality of care and that increased use of NPs could lead to greater access to care. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile apps seen as one of top medical trends for 2013
    Smartphones were included as one of the top six medical innovations that will help fight disease for 2013, according to a published account. The report points to an iPhone application recently receiving government approval that will provide doctors with a mobile electrocardiogram as well as software that helps patients monitor potential skin cancer threats. "I see the smartphone as one piece of how we're going to try to get health costs under control," says David Albert, who invented the $200 AliveCor electrocardiogram application. The Wall Street Journal (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Policy & Regulatory News 
  • Cuts in Medicare hospital payments may jeopardize patient care
    Hospitals are dissatisfied with the bill recently passed by Congress to prevent the "fiscal cliff" because they would finance a major part of the delay in a scheduled 26.5% cut in Medicare physician payments. Hospitals are required to shoulder almost half of the estimated $30 billion cost of delaying the scheduled cut, which will jeopardize their ability to care for patients, according to groups representing hospitals. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS, states prepare for multiple ACA provisions in 2013
    The implementation of health insurance exchanges, a Medicaid pay increase for doctors and the Medicare tax increase are among the Affordable Care Act provisions the federal government and states are enacting in 2013 or preparing for in 2014. This year will be crunch time for the law because each state should have an operating exchange by Jan. 1, 2014. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ANA News 
  • Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture
    This publication is a must-read for nurses who want to increase their professional awareness of bullying in order to counter bullying behaviors and create safe workplaces. When you buy your copy, you will also be eligible to take the corresponding CE module "Bullying in the Workplace" for free. Order your copy today at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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