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Senate rejects nurse, telemedicine bills
WUSF News
The Florida Senate took up a House omnibus healthcare bill last week and stripped out proposals dealing with the powers of nurse practitioners and telemedicine. Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and other senators have long said they oppose a House proposal to allow nurse practitioners to provide primary care without the supervision of physicians.
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Hypothermia during surgery affects even warmed patients
Anesthesiology News
Despite forced-air warming, hypothermia is common and often prolonged in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery, researchers have found. The new study showed that patients who experienced temperatures below 35 degrees Celsius had significantly longer hospital stays and greater transfusion requirements.
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New approach for surgery patients cuts hospital stays and costs
Medical Xpress
Changes in managing patients before, during and after colorectal surgery cut hospital stays by two days and reduced readmission rates, according to researchers who led a study of the approach at Duke University Hospital. The practice, called enhanced recovery, is easier on patients before surgery, doing away with the fasting period and bowel evacuation that are typically prescribed. After surgery, patients are encouraged to eat and move about as soon as possible, leading to faster recoveries.
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Impressive new smartphone apps in health and medicine
By Rosemary Sparacio
Smartphones are just about everywhere. In the U.S. alone, more than 91 million Americans now use a smartphone. Of course, these devices are much more than just a phone. The fact that there are apps for many areas in personal health and medicine is a logical step to help individuals take better care of themselves and for researchers to find ways for individuals and physicians to do just that. Clearly, the ongoing research, development and availability of health apps is on the forefront of medicine and shows no signs of slowing down.
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OSA screener of limited clinical use in children, study finds
Anesthesiology News
A widely used screening tool for obstructive sleep apnea in children is wrong more than 75 percent of the time compared with polysomnography, Canadian researchers found. The study found that the 16-item American Society of Anesthesiologists screening tool for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea has a 78 percent false-positive rate in pediatric patients compared with polysomnography, which is considered the gold standard method for identifying the breathing disorder.
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Florida ranks 41st in healthcare
The Ledger
Florida didn't do well at improving the quality, accessibility and cost of its healthcare from 2007 through 2012, according to the Commonwealth Fund's latest report card. The state ranks 41st among 50 states and the District of Columbia, virtually unchanged from the fund's 2009 report in which Florida's health system tied for 40th place with Arizona and Kentucky.
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