Nursing excellence linked to lower NICU mortality rates
Mortality rates for very low birth weight babies in NICUs of hospitals that have achieved recognition for nursing excellence were slightly lower than for those in hospitals without the designation, University of Pennsylvania researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study included 558 hospitals in the Vermont Oxford Network, and the recognized facilities also had lower rates of nosocomial infection and severe intraventricular hemorrhage. MedPage Today (free registration)
Study targets neonatal sepsis rates after preterm membrane rupture
Neonatal sepsis occurred in 2.6% of pregnant women whose labor was induced after their water broke in the late preterm period, compared with 4.1% of those whose condition was monitored to see if labor began naturally, according to research from Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. The difference was not considered significant, and the study team wrote in PLoS Medicine that inducing labor does not substantially improve outcomes. MedPage Today (free registration)
Bed use in pediatric ICUs is examined
The majority of bed utilization in pediatric intensive care units was for critical care services, but a significant number of bed-hours was for noncritical care services, according to a study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Researchers said almost 5% of all bed-hours are spent waiting for floor beds. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News
Physician concerns put Couplet Care plans on hold
Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., has put its NICU and Couplet Care Model plans on hold after local pediatricians said they did not have enough input into development of the project, which they said could put patient safety at risk. The hospital wants to create a Level 2 NICU and move to a model in which mothers and newborns are kept in the same room. Ocala Star-Banner (Fla.)
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Apply now for new NANN Small Grants
The NANN Small Grants Program is accepting applications until June 1 from all NANN members with an interest in furthering their research interests and/or initiating their own research study. The NANN Research Institute will award two $5,000 grants and recipients will be acknowledged and receive their awards at the 2012 Annual Educational Conference.
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