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April 24, 2012
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Fatigue from early breast cancer treatment isn't long-lasting
    A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests post-treatment fatigue generally fades for women with early-stage breast cancer. Researchers studied 218 women who underwent surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination and found that nearly a third had cancer-related fatigue when treatment ended, and that dropped to 6% a year later. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • FDA: Batches of generic ultrasound gel are contaminated
    The FDA issued a safety communication advising hospitals, clinics and health care providers to immediately stop using Pharmaceutical Innovations' Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel, lot numbers 060111, 090111 and 120111, due to a risk of bacterial infection. The lots were found to have been contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella oxytoca. News (4/18), MedPage Today (free registration) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Gynecologic surgery patients need better post-discharge pain control
    Many women undergoing gynecologic surgery experience too much pain following hospital discharge, suggests a new study in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The findings are particularly important because today's shorter hospital stays leave much of patients' acute recovery to occur at home. The study researchers followed 127 women who underwent nonlaparoscopic abdominal or vaginal gynecologic surgery, using surveys to gauge pain levels and use of pain medication. Approximately 1 in 5 vaginal surgery patients experienced inadequate pain control -- defined as a score of 4 or more on the standard Surgical Pain Scale -- three to seven days following hospital discharge. Results for patients with abdominal surgery were more worrisome, with approximately 1 in 2 women reporting inadequate pain control at three days, 1 in 3 at seven days, and 1 in 4 at two weeks following discharge, despite the fact that a third used narcotic pain medications two weeks after discharge. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • At-risk premature babies may benefit from early feeding
    University of Oxford researchers examined 400 at-risk premature babies and found that initiating feedings within the first 24 to 48 hours after birth would be beneficial to babies. They also found no statistically significant difference in the number of preemies who suffered severe bowel disorders including necrotizing enterocolitis between the early group and the control group. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. BBC (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Risk of birth defects is higher among IVF babies
    The risk of birth abnormalities was 37% greater in babies conceived through in vitro fertilization than those conceived without assistance, a review of 26 studies found. Researchers failed to determine why fertility treatments are linked to an increased risk for defects, but experts said that fertility problems could influence the odds of developing abnormalities. The findings appear in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Reuters (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • New! AWHONN's on-demand webinar library package
    AWHONN's webinar library package gives hospital access to the entire webinar series for one full year! This allows hospitals to educate their staff and provide new skillsets needed to combat different issues that affect patient care. All webinars are accessible 24/7 on any computer and can be viewed in a group setting or individually. All staff members that view the webinar will earn CNE. Make the move to help your hospital secure the one-year subscription to educate the entire staff for one low price! Sign up here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWHONN Perinatal Orientation and Education Program saves time, money
    AWHONN's Perinatal Orientation and Education Program (POEP) has everything necessary to provide nurses with the education that will elevate the safety and consistency of care in your unit. The program is comprised of 10 modules that address critical aspects of perinatal care for nurses needing orientation or those looking for a refresher. For approximately $100 per nurse, per year, you won't find a more cost-effective way to educate the team. Take an online tour and order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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