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March 27, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Guidelines call for restrictive approach to blood transfusions
    Transfusions of red blood cells should be given on a restrictive basis to stable patients, according to new guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The guidelines from the American Association of Blood Banks include a "weak" recommendation that symptoms be considered along with hemoglobin levels in making transfusion decisions in hospitalized patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. Medscape (free registration) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • Survey looks at doctors' happiness, health by specialty
    A physician survey found rheumatologists rated themselves as happiest, scoring 4.09 on a 5-point scale, while dermatologists, urologists, ophthalmologists and emergency medicine physicians also had favorable rates, according to the Medscape/WebMD's 2012 Physician Lifestyle Report. The unscientific poll, which also asked participants to rate their health on a 5-point scale, found critical care physicians gave themselves a 3.98. WebMD (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • FDA makes alarm fatigue an issue in new device approval process
    The FDA said it will provide more training on the safety issues of alarm fatigue to staff who evaluate approval applications for medical devices in hospitals. The FDA will also consider whether alarms on new devices actually provide information important to patient care. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report finds growth in nursing workforce
    The nursing workforce grew by about 386,000 from 2005 to 2010, the biggest gain of any five-year period during the last 40 years, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. If the economy improves, the number of full-time nursing jobs will increase by about 109,000 from 2010 to 2015 and 118,000 nurses will retire from full-time work, researchers said. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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