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AANA elections: A time for rationality
By voting today, you have an opportunity to make a difference! The future of our association and profession hinges on electing a leader who anticipates and responds to your needs with a vision of greater member engagement, communication and enhanced services.
Celebrate National Nurses Week with a LIFE story on nursing in the 1930s
National Nurses Week, which begins May 6, recognizes the millions of nurses who make up the backbone of the American healthcare system. And the annual shout-out is more than warranted: A 2014 survey of more than 3,000 nurses found respondents to be stressed out, underslept and — at least in their own estimation — underpaid.
Patients who text during surgery feel less pain
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
If you've banned mobile electronic devices from your ORs, you might want to reconsider. Researchers have found that patients who text or play games on a smartphone during a minor surgical procedure feel less post-op pain and demand fewer narcotics. Researchers from Cornell University tracked four groups of patients undergoing a minor procedure under local anesthesia.
About half of Florida hospitals earn 'A' for safety
Health News Florida
The latest Hospital Safety Scores released by the nonprofit watchdog Leapfrog Group show almost half of general, acute-care hospitals in Florida earned an A. The group calculates the grades twice a year on using data on errors, injuries, accidents and infections, and posts the results in a searchable database. Out of the 165 Florida hospitals they graded, 77 got an A.
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Elevated body position improves respiratory safety following childbirth
Medical News Today
A study published in the Online First section of the journal CHEST finds an elevated upper body position might improve respiratory safety in women early after childbirth without impairing sleep quality. Pregnancy-related maternal death occurs in 10 to 13 of 100,000 pregnancies and is attributable to anesthesia in 0.8 to 1.7 percent of the cases. A main cause of anesthesia-related maternal death is postpartum airway obstruction.
FDA approves IONSYS fentanyl delivery system for acute post-op pain
The FDA has approved IONSYS (fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system, The Medicines Company) for the short-term management of acute postoperative pain in adults requiring opioid analgesia in the hospital. IONSYS, the first needle-free, preprogrammed fentanyl delivery system, will allow patients to control their analgesic dosing as needed for pain. The system delivers fentanyl transdermally via electrical current.
Wisconsin bill could force facilities to video surgeries
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
Pay no attention to that camera capturing every move you make in the OR. Physicians and staff members in Wisconsin may have no other choice if a recently drafted bill is signed into law. The proposal would give patients the right to insist that any surgery that involves anesthesia be captured on video. The "Julie Ayer Rubenzer Bill" is named after a Waukesha, Wisconsin, woman who died after undergoing breast augmentation surgery in Florida in 2003.
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