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Survey: Majority of nurses use smartphone apps at work
Some 95 percent of nurses own a smartphone and 88 percent use smartphone apps at work, according to a survey of 241 nurses conducted by InCrowd. The research firm conducts two- to five-minute online microsurveys.
Around 73 percent of nurses used apps to look up drug information, 72 percent used apps to look up different diseases and disorders, and 69 percent used smartphones, though not an app, to communicate with their colleagues in the hospital.
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Study: Nurses can benefit from 'mindfulness' intervention
Safety + Health
Intensive care nurses can lower their workplace stress through “mindfulness-based intervention,” according to recent research from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
For eight weeks, 32 nurses from the center’s surgical intensive care unit underwent the intervention. They participated in mindfulness, yoga, meditation, light stretching and listening to music at work.
Insomnia leads to decreased empathy in healthcare workers
A new study suggests that insomnia decreases empathy in healthcare workers and may lead to adverse clinical outcomes and medical errors.
Results show that subjects with an Insomnia Severity Index ISI of greater than 8, scored significantly higher across all four subscales of empathy.
“Insomnia affects empathy in healthcare workers which can lead to adverse clinical outcomes,”
said lead author Venkatesh Basappa Krishnamurthy, M.D., assistant professor, Sleep Research and Treatment Center, department of psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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Study: Best practices for the primary care practice
By Christina Thielst
The healthcare delivery system and payment models are changing. Much more emphasis is being placed on preventative care, engaging patients and their family caregivers as members of the care team, and improving satisfaction and outcomes.
A recent analysis of commercial insurance data provides some hints at what primary care practices (as well as some specialty or multispecialty practices) can do to improve their performance and bottom line.
Widely used antibiotic 'could counter superbugs' in medical U-turn
Medical News Today
A laboratory approach to testing antibiotic efficacy that uses tissue culture instead of less natural lab media suggests that a medical dogma — that azithromycin should not be used against highly antibiotic-resistant superbugs — could be overturned. Years of testing azithromycin in standard laboratory media with nutrient broth has concluded that the drug does not kill the most nefarious multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. This research has found, however, that in conditions more closely mimicking bodily infections, the drug could actually have a role.
OSHA plans healthcare safety crackdown for injured nurses
Federal regulators want to finally quell the healthcare industry’s epidemic of nurses getting hurt on the job by investigating, auditing and if necessary fining hospitals and residential care facilities for workplace safety problems, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration told its 10 regional divisions.
OSHA is extending its National Emphasis Program on Nursing and Residential Care Facilities because the healthcare industry still has more reported workplace injuries than any other general industry, OSHA enforcement director Thomas Galassi wrote in a memo to state and regional staff.
American Muslim RNs reflect on challenges, opportunities to promote healing
Nurses of all faiths have a responsibility to respect the religious diversity of their patients, and for most people sick or in pain, the religious beliefs of a caregiver are not as important as whether the person is caring, competent and compassionate. But some American Muslim nurses who openly practice their faith through their dress or style of prayer said media reports of atrocities by groups identifying themselves as Islamic and a general misunderstanding by the public about Islamic faith means they sometimes find themselves correcting misconceptions when they can.
The brain and autism: Challenging traditional testing
By Dorothy L. Tengler
About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to estimates from the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
Studies have shown that parents of children with ASD notice a developmental problem before their child's first birthday. Concerns about vision and hearing were more often reported in the first year, and differences in social, communication and fine motor skills were evident from six months of age.
High-tech monitors, cool gadgets help spark a healthcare revolution
As the world becomes more digitized, the healthcare industry is racing to keep up, sparking an explosion of new digital technology geared to improving patient care. Most visible to patients is the move to electronic medical records, or EHRs, by healthcare professionals and hospitals in an effort to streamline record-keeping and meet federal guidelines. But that's only one of dozens of new tech advances that are designed to make life better for the ill, elderly and disabled.
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