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Study: 1 in 5 sore throats tied to potentially dangerous bacteria
A potentially deadly bacteria is responsible for one in five sore throats in young adults, a new study suggests.
Patients with this bacteria — Fusobacterium necrophorum — can get negative results on a strep test, but be at risk of an abscess that blocks the airway, researchers report.
In this study of young people aged 15 to 30, researchers found that more than 20 percent of the sore throats were caused by F. necrophorum — more than the number caused by group A streptococcal bacteria.
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This Week at AzNA
A bill is currently working it’s way through the Arizona Legislature that will impact your licensing fees. A call to action went out to members in legislative districts 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 21 and 24 — these districts have members on the Health and Human Services Committee. Find out what happened with this legislation and how it could impact your license along with other things that happened in the AzNA Offices by reading This Week at AzNA.
ANA Calls for Bylaws Amendment Proposals, Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics, and Nominations for Elective Positions is underway!
The Calls will close on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Please click on the links below for detailed information, related resources, important dates, and contact information.
Call for Bylaws Amendment Proposals
Call for Nominations for ANA Elective Positions
Call for Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics
We look forward to your participation in this very important work of the Association.
REGISTRATION STILL AVAILABLE: AzNA Chapter 2 Tucson Presents Nurses of the Future
Friday, March 6, 2015, 0800-1600
Lodge on the Desert, 306 N Alvernon Way, Tucson
- Documentation & Safe Nursing Practice
- Nurse Fatigue
- The Affordable Care Act
Chapter 30 Fall 2015 Scholarship Applications
Chapter 30 East Valley is proud to support Nursing Students at all levels of education through our Fall 2015 Nursing Student Scholarship. We also support the Professional Growth and Development of our Chapter Members by offering our Fall 2015 Continuing Education Scholarship toward fees associated with Nursing Conferences or Seminars. Details are included with the APPLICATION being accepted from March 1 - 31.
Chapter 30 Members Meeting
Spend an evening with your nurse colleagues and rekindle your passion! We will hear from Danna Daniel, RN about her clinic travel to Nicaragua with Project C.U.R.E. We will also discuss the newly revised ANA Code of Ethics and how you can integrate Ethics in your work setting. Join in viewing The American Nurse Project documentary (1CEU). Door prizes and light snacks served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 9, 5-7 p.m.
Banner Desert Medical Center, Saguaro Room
1400 S. Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
SB1296 Certified Nursing Assistants Bill moves forward
On Tuesday, Feb 17 at 7:30 pm HB2196 “environmental education” became “certified nursing assistants” by way of a striker amendment approved by the House Health Committee. Thanks to all of the targeted nurses from across the state who responded to an eleventh hour “Call for Action” in support of this important legislation. HB2196 modifies the Nurse Practice act to change certified nursing assistants to licensed nursing assistants and establish a nurse aide. Read the legislative fact sheet HERE. See the AzNA HOTLINE page for more discussion of this proposed revision to the Nurse Practice Act.
Immunization Bill Falters
A bill intended to carry a “striker” amendment for new rules for immunizations in schools failed to qualify for a hearing in House Health last Tuesday. AzNA supported the bill which would have required public reporting of school vaccination levels, added charter schools to the current DHS reporting requirements and tightened the “opt out” requirements. It is uncertain whether this language will resurface this year.
Hope to see you in Phoenix soon!
APRN Lobby Day is March 4!
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
ANA — Protecting Children: Influenza Updates for Clinicians (webinar)
Free Continuing Education
Date: Thursday Feb. 26, 2015
Time: 2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Click to Join Webinar: Registration is not required. Audio is required for webinar.
Audio Dial In: 888-810-4792 (U.S. Callers)
During this COCA Webinar, clinicians will learn about the current state of flu activity related to children, the importance of continued vaccination despite the mismatch and low vaccine effectiveness, and strategies for using antiviral therapy early to prevent and treat influenza.
Henry (Hank) Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
John S. Bradley, MD, FAAP
Division of Infectious Diseases
Children's Hospital San Diego
Rady Children's Specialists
For additional information and to access call recordings (audio, webinar, and transcript), which will be available a few days after the live call/webinar, please visit the call webpage, here.
If you have questions or trouble accessing a COCA Call/Webinar, please email email@example.com.
Call for abstracts for State of the Nursing Workforce in an Era of Health Care Reform: Data, Trends, and New Collaborations June 10-12 in Denver, Colorado.
This conference will bring together nursing, healthcare, and workforce research leaders from across the country to discuss important issues related to the current and future nursing workforce of America and the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on this workforce. Keynote speakers include: Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., RN, FAAN; Sheila Burke, MPA, RN, FAAN; Susan Dentzer; Kavita Patel, M.D.; Susan Reinhard, RN, Ph.D., FAAN; and Richard Krugman, M.D. Our speakers will be leading discussions related to workforce data, nursing leadership, and education of our future healthcare providers in light of all the changes ahead based on healthcare reform, faculty shortages and issues critical to planning for our nation’s workforce needs. Some topics will include: ACA & workforce research/policy/impact; rural nursing workforce; APN; nursing workforce education; and late-breaking issues.
Call for abstracts is due on Feb. 27 — download the form and conference brochure, here.
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Arizona Geriatrics Society
8th Annual Spring Geriatric Mental Health & Aging Conference
“BUILDING BRIDGES and EMBRACING HUMANITY”
Friday, April 24, 2014
Community Partnership of Southern Arizona
The Arizona Geriatrics Society will present its 8th Annual Spring Geriatric Mental Health
& Aging Conference on “BUILDING BRIDGES and EMBRACING HUMANITY” on
April 24 in Tucson. “Thoughts of aging gracefully have been replaced by efforts to age
successfully.” From quality of life and personal growth to healthy relationships, each
area contributes to successful aging. Mental wellness in older adults can be fostered by
promoting patient empowerment and resilience through communication, education,
engagement, and coordinated assessment, treatment, and transitions of care. Learn
how you can foster mental wellness in older adults through your role as a geriatric
health/behavioral health provider. The faculty includes a talented roster of
interprofessionals who will prepare participants to better address the mental health
needs of older adults. Participants from every health care discipline will discover the
most current practices that can be readily applied in their care setting.
This conference is one of the premiere annual continuing educational events in
geriatrics in Arizona and will address the continuing educational needs of geriatric
professionals in all disciplines. For more information and to register, click here
or call the AzGS office at 602-
2015 National Pediatric Disaster Coalition Conference
You are invited to attend the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition Conference (NPDCC) Nov. 2-4, 2015 at the Camelback Inn Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. The purpose of the NPDCC is to provide medical practitioners; clinical staff; hospital emergency management; other hospital representatives; local, state, and federal government; prehospital providers; community leaders; education, child care, and blood bank liaisons; school nurses and other school representatives; behavioral health providers; and faith-based organization representatives with tools, training, resources, and information to facilitate continuous improvement in pediatric disaster preparedness.
Speakers will examine a broad spectrum of pediatric disaster response, resilience, extended care, recovery, and coalition topics as gleaned from surviving Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Joplin tornado, the Sandy Hook shooting, the Asiana plane crash, and more.
Continuing Education Credits are available, and accommodations are available for access and functional needs populations.
Registration has started (early bird registration is $485, regular registration begins July 1, 2015 at $585, and late registration begins Oct. 1 at $685). For additional information about registration, the conference site, policies, becoming a planning committee member for future conferences, and exhibitor and sponsor opportunities, go to npdcconference.org. For questions, contact Deb Roepke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480.861.5722.
'Superbug' surfaces at UCLA — What you need to know
By Joan Spitrey
According to recent reports, UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles has potentially infected nearly 180 patients with the "superbug" known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. UCLA has traced the source of the spread to duodenoscopes that are used for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. The outbreak was initially discovered last month, and the hospital immediately began notify patients who had been treated as far back as October to offer them medical tests. At least two deaths have been attributed to the current outbreak.
Measles cases continue to rise across the US
The number of measles cases in the United States has reached 141 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal health officials reported Feb. 17. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California in December, the CDC says, and it's believed that the source of the infection was likely a foreign visitor or a U.S. resident returning from abroad. The majority of people who've gotten measles in the current outbreak were unvaccinated, the agency said.
Primary care nurse-delivered interventions can increase physical activity in older adults
A primary care nurse-delivered intervention can lead to sustained increases in physical activity (PA) among older adults, according to an article published by Tess Harris of St George's University of London, and colleagues in this week's PLOS Medicine. To evaluate the safety, acceptability, and efficacy of this intervention, the researchers enrolled 298 people, 60-75 years old, and randomized them by household to receive either standard care or an intervention aimed to increase PA.
Kids with Type 1 diabetes at risk for mental health problems
In a new Swedish study, kids diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes were more likely than their healthy siblings to develop a psychiatric disorder or to attempt suicide. The researchers used a national register to compare more than 17,000 children with diabetes born in Sweden between 1973 and 2009 with more than 1,000,000 similar but healthy kids, as well as with the healthy siblings of the diabetic group. They looked in medical records for diagnoses of common psychiatric disorders, such as depression, suicide attempt, anxiety, eating disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism or other behavioral problems.
Most prefer to die at home, so why do so many die in nursing homes?
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
In spite of the major therapeutic advances for all kinds of diseases, poor survival rates remain an obstacle. Therefore, a large portion of terminal patients are destined to eventually die from their diseases.
It has been reported that more than half of the population prefer to be cared for and die at home if they have the choice. However, in the real world, less than one-third of the deaths occur at home.
Helping nurses handle their professional stress
The Huffington Post
Outnumbering physicians six to one, nurses spend more time with patients and in many ways they are the heart of American health care. And with medical insurance now expanded to cover millions of new patients, the pressure on nurses is growing.
One concern is the long shifts , which among some nurses are popular, because it may mean fewer days per week. But the extended shifts are also associated with increased levels of burnout and patient dissatisfaction. And that's a real concern.
Children with polio-like illness continue to struggle
At least 112 children in 34 states have developed sudden, severe muscle weakness, officially known as acute flaccid myelitis, since September, according to the CDC. Like polio, the paralysis occurred largely on one side of the body. Only one of the children has completely recovered, according to the CDC. Although two-thirds have improved somewhat, many continue to struggle. The cause of the illness — and how to treat and prevent it — remain unknown.
Experts: Healthy diet, exercise 'not enough to treat obesity'
Medical News Today
People who are obese are often told to eat healthier and exercise more in order to lose weight. But in an article recently published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, obesity experts claim the condition is a chronic disease that can be caused by biological factors, meaning many cases may not be cured with a healthy diet and physical activity alone.
In the U.S., around 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health cite a healthy diet and exercise as a primary factor in combatting obesity. But is it really that simple?
New hypertension recommendations planned in 2016
An update to the 12-year-old Joint National Committee on Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressureseven recommendations for hypertension management is underway and expected out in 2016, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology announced. Those organizations officially took over the reins in 2013 on the suite of national cardiovascular prevention guidelines formerly managed by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute writing groups.
Even mild heart failure can lead to sudden death
Medical News Today
Sudden cardiac arrest is a possible cause of death in patients with non-ischaemic cardiac muscle weakness, i.e. a type of heart failure caused by genetics or for which no cause is known. Now, researchers have successfully demonstrated the advantages of an implanted defibrillator (ICD) as a means of prevention in patients with moderately restricted cardiac function, and that patients with the condition must be treated as carefully as patients with ischaemic heart failure that has developed following a heart attack, for example.
FDA issues device safety alert following 'superbug' outbreak
The complex design of endoscopes that have been linked to a "superbug" outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California may hinder proper cleaning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Feb. 19.
The hospital system said seven patients were infected with a potentially deadly, drug-resistant strain of bacteria and that more than 100 may have been exposed to it between October and January. The bug may have contributed to the death of two patients, UCLA said.
US cancer survival rates improving
The proportion of people surviving years after a cancer diagnosis is improving, according to a new analysis.
Men and women ages 50 to 64, who were diagnosed in 2005 to 2009 with a variety of cancer types, were 39 to 68 percent more likely to be alive five years later, compared to people of the same age diagnosed in 1990 to 1994, researchers found.
As reported in JAMA Oncology, researchers analyzed data from a national sample of more than 1 million people who were diagnosed with cancer of the colon or rectum, breast, prostate, lung, liver, pancreas or ovary between 1990 and 2010.
Project aims to improve quality of, access to healthcare for children with autism
As more children are diagnosed with autism, the demand for primary care providers specializing in autism has increased. To meet the growing demand for autism care, a University of Missouri researcher is leading an effort to deliver specialized training to primary care providers so they are better equipped to treat children with autism. The aim is to improve quality of care and access to care among children with autism by mobilizing a community of primary care providers who are trained to meet their needs
Telehealth is changing the landscape of diabetes management
By Karen R. Thomas
Diabetes is an epidemic that affects both individuals who suffer from the disease and the overall economy. As with many chronic conditions, the toll is not only financial but also emotional. Coping with the rigors of routine monitoring, blood tests and medical visits can leave many patients feeling defeated and even depressed. Luckily, telehealth can change — and is changing — the landscape of diabetes management while reducing costs and increasing access and affordability in the process.
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