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Study suggests resilience determines pain tolerance
Pain Medicine News
Gender is not as significant a factor for determining an individual's tolerance to chronic pain as previously believed, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Malaga, in Spain, conducted a study on 190 men and 210 women with chronic spinal pain to analyze gender differences in the experience of chronic pain. Results from several previous clinical trials had added to a common lore suggesting that women tolerated pain better than men, according to the researchers.
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Low-pressure epidural gravity technique may reduce complications
Anesthesiology News
In patients undergoing cesarean delivery who are receiving a combined spinal epidural, a study has found that delivering epidural saline using a low-pressure gravity technique leads to fewer complications than relying solely on an epidural catheter. The investigators tested whether giving cesarean delivery patients 10 milliliters of epidural saline via a low-pressure method, after the spinal and before the epidural is given, would result in fewer epidural blood vessel punctures and paresthesias and better-quality sedation than traditional CSE.
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Preventing nurse fatigue to keep our patients safe
By Joan Spitrey
With the holiday season upon us, it is not unusual to feel the stress of this busy time of year. Our schedules become filled with fun times with family and friends, but our own health often gets neglected. However, as healthcare providers, we have a responsibility to our patients. They rely on us to have sharp minds and quick responses to their ever-changing needs. They need us to keep them safe. Therefore, it is imperative for nurses to take measures to prevent fatigue.
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Report: Uninsured rate among children in Florida remains high
Health News Florida
When it comes to children getting insurance, there's good news and bad news. The good news: the number of uninsured children in Florida has dropped — as it has across the county. The bad news: Florida remains near the top of states with the number of kids who don't have health insurance. Florida has managed to decrease the number of uninsured children in the state by more than 200,000 in the past six years.
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Florida's health insurance marketplace to sell Obamacare plans
Miami Herald
Florida's little-used health insurance marketplace will start selling plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act in the next few weeks, said Rose Naff, the marketplace's CEO, even though Gov. Rick Scott opposes the health law. The plans will be made available for consumers to browse at floridahealthchoices.net.
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Health workers' hand-washing rates decline throughout the day
OnMedica
Frontline hospital workers wash their hands less frequently as they get deeper into their shifts, according to a new study. Writing in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the researchers found that hand-washing compliance rates in a typical 12-hour work shift dropped from 42.6 percent in the first hour to 34.8 percent in the last hour. As work intensity increased, the researchers found that compliance adherence fell even more quickly.
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FDA panel wants safer epidural steroid shots
MedPageToday
An FDA advisory committee urged the agency to modify labels of certain formulations of corticosteroids in an attempt to make epidural injections safer, following a recent two-day meeting. After discussing the risks and benefits of epidural steroid injections, the Anesthesia and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee voted 15-7 in favor of calling so-called "particulate" steroids contraindicated for epidural injection because they appear to carry greater risk of adverse neurological effects than "nonparticulate" agents.
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'I couldn't move:' Patients who wake up during surgery
CNN
Fortunately, anesthetic awareness is rare. But new research is shedding light onto risk factors and the devastating psychological effects the phenomenon can have on patients who experience it, especially those who are awake and paralyzed. According to the largest study of its kind recently published in the journal Anaesthesia — in which researchers surveyed more than 3 million patients who received general anesthesia in the United Kingdom and Ireland — roughly one in 19,600 patients "accidentally" wakes up during surgery.
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