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February 26, 2013
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  Critical Care Update 
 
  • Tracheostomy collar speeds ventilator weaning, study says
    A study in JAMA found using a tracheostomy collar to help patients on a ventilator transition to unassisted breathing is a faster weaning process than gradual reductions in pressure support. Researchers said using a tracheostomy collar gives a "clear view of the patient's respiratory capabilities" while ventilator assistance may impede the ability to assess patient readiness. MedWire News (U.K.) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • 100 hospitals gain recognition for excellence in care
    Truven Health Analytics researchers assessed 2,922 short-term, acute-care, and nonfederal hospitals across the U.S., and came up with the 100 leading hospitals based on overall organizational performance. The 10 performance areas measured included patient safety, mortality, complications and readmissions. Seventeen of the 100 hospitals also received the Everest Award for demonstrating the greatest improvement rate over five years. Nurse.com (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More men are joining U.S. nursing workforce
    The proportion of male registered nurses more than tripled, from 2.7% in 1970 to 9.6% in 2011, according to a U.S. Census Bureau study. "A predicted shortage has led to recruiting and retraining efforts to increase the pool of nurses," sociologist and report author Liana Christin Landivar said. USA Today (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Residents' restricted work hours don't mean better quality
    A survey in the New England Journal of Medicine showed 73% of residency program supervisors said medical residents whose work hours were restricted under new rules were less ready for more senior responsibilities, while 65% said the restricted schedules had harmed resident education. Just 6% of respondents indicated the changes were associated with improved patient safety and health care quality. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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