Nursing excellence linked to lower NICU mortality rates | Study targets neonatal sepsis rates after preterm membrane rupture | Bed use in pediatric ICUs is examined
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April 26, 2012
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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) (4/25)
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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) (4/24)
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Health Policy & Practice
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. News (4/19)
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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.) (4/23)
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Trends & Technology
Florida sees 500% hike in neonatal withdrawal syndrome cases
Florida data show a 500% increase in the past five years in the number of babies born with neonatal withdrawal syndrome. The state created a special task force on prescription drug abuse and newborns to examine the problem and recommend solutions. The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (4/25), Bradenton Herald (Fla.) (4/25)
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HHS releases revised national action plan to combat HAIs
HHS has released an updated version of its National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination, first launched in 2009. The plan will promote the sharing of infection data and integration of multiple sources to allow improved analysis and prevention, according to HHS. Public comments will be accepted through June 19. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (4/19), (4/19)
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Va. hospital tests ICU-cleaning robot
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Virginia is part of a test to evaluate if the Tru-D Smart-UVC robot can kill ICU bacteria by lighting it up with ultraviolet rays. The Duke University and University of North Carolina study will compare bleach, quaternary ammonium or ultraviolet light combined with the other agents to see which is best at killing four types of pathogens. The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (4/24)
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