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By Keith Carlson
Nurses face daily situations that can powerfully challenge their personal and professional resilience. Compromised nurse resilience is one factor that contributes to nurse burnout, compassion fatigue, absenteeism and, ultimately, attrition from the profession. Resilience is not a luxury for nurses, and the forward-thinking nurse manager will monitor the nurses under her charge for signs of weakening resilience.
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
Preventing domestic violence one step at a time
By Jessica Taylor
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence recently, and he stated that domestic violence is a public health epidemic.
Biden made attendees — including doctors, nurses, social workers, etc. — aware that even though we've come a long way in the fight against domestic violence, we have to keep making sure we're working harder than ever for prevention and intervention. Of course, it takes a little bit of time to recognize domestic violence, and it's important for healthcare professionals to know the signs.
FDA approves treatment for inhalation anthrax
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Anthrasil, Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), to treat patients with inhalational anthrax in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs. Inhalational anthrax is a rare disease that can occur after exposure to infected animals or contaminated animal products, or as a result of an intentional release of anthrax spores. It is caused by breathing in the spores of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. When inhaled, the anthrax bacteria replicate in the body and produce toxins that can cause massive and irreversible tissue injury and death.
Affordable Care Act faces more hurdles in coming months
By Rosemary Sparacio
The Affordable Care Act has survived one repeal attempt in the Supreme Court, as well as more than 50 repeal attempts by the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, President Barack Obama's signature legislation faces yet another significant challenge to its existence. In the current case before the Supreme Court (King v. Burwell), a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs this June would essentially cut off the healthcare law's tax credits/subsidies in roughly two-thirds of the states.
Women dominate nursing field, yet men make more
Even in an occupation that women overwhelmingly dominate, they still earn less than men, a study of nurses found.
The gender gap for registered nurses' salaries amounts to a little over $5,000 yearly on average and it hasn't budged in more than 20 years. That pay gap may not sound big — it's smaller than in many other professions — but over a long career, it adds up to more than $150,000, said study author Ulrike Muench, a professor and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.
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Close patient-staff interactions drive MRSA transmission
Close-proximity interactions between patients and hospital staff drove transmission of Staphylococcus aureus in Berck-sur-Mer Hospital, a long-term care facility in France, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers identified 173 transmission events over four months between 329 patients and 261 healthcare workers, with risk of transmission higher between healthcare workers and patients than from patient to patient. "S. aureus transmission was consistent with contacts defined by electronically collected CPIs, illustrating their potential as a tool to control hospital-acquired infections and help direct surveillance," the authors state.
Hypertension cited more often as a factor on death certificates
Hypertension is increasingly contributing to U.S. mortality, a national death-certificate study showed.
Hypertension-related deaths rose a relative 23.1 percent — from 255.1 to 314.1 per 100,000 population from 2000 to 2013 — after adjustment for age, found Hsiang-Ching Kung, PhD, and Jiaquan Xu, MD, both of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Using tech to fight kids' obesity
Despite our best efforts, pediatricians have little success in encouraging our patients to eat a healthy diet and get the recommended amount of daily physical exercise. According to 2012 data, more than 31 percent of U.S. children aged 2 to 19 years are either obese or overweight, and more than 80 percent of teenagers do not get the recommended amount of physical activity. Activity meters may hold the key to encouraging our young patients to increase their levels of moderate to vigorous daily exercise. By leveraging technology, pediatricians may be able to improve children's activity levels and begin to achieve reductions in childhood obesity levels.
Deep brain stimulation may ease some Parkinson's pain for years
People with Parkinson's disease who undergo deep brain stimulation may experience long-term pain relief, a small, new study from Korea suggests. However, three-quarters of the patients developed new pain in muscles and joints eight years after the procedure was performed, the researchers found. "It is potentially important that some pain types improved, but also important to understand why other types of pain did not benefit from stimulation," said Michael Okun, MD, national medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation.
Influenza B viruses accounted for the largest proportion of circulating flu viruses in recent weeks
Infection Control Today
According to the recent FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza activity continues to decrease, but remains elevated in the United States. While H3N2 viruses have been most common this season, influenza B viruses accounted for the largest proportion of circulating viruses in recent weeks. This week, influenza B viruses accounted for 67 percent of all influenza viruses reported and were predominant in 7 of 10 U.S. regions.
Vitamin K speeds hip fracture surgery for patients on warfarin
Administering vitamin K as a warfarin reversal agent to hip fracture patients shortened time to surgery and improved outcomes, researchers reported. Compared with a small group of patients who did not undergo vitamin K therapy, patients who received vitamin K went into surgery an average of 1.2 days sooner and spent an average 5.1 fewer days in the hospital, according to Thomas Steven Moores, MBBS, at University Hospitals of North Midlands in Stafford, England.
The role of artificial intelligence in personalized medicine
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh are using artificial intelligence in their quest to provide individualized treatments. As part of the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has agreed to fund the project for six years at between $10 million and $20 million per year. It's taking data from electronic health records, diagnostic imaging, prescriptions, genomic profiles, insurance records and even wearable devices to create healthcare plans not only by disease, but also for specific types of people.
Nurses say lack of device interoperability contributes to medical errors
Infection Control Today
For years, healthcare technology professionals and patient safety organizations have decried the lack of medical device interoperability in hospitals. Now, another voice, nursing, is echoing the call for better interoperability, saying a lack of sufficient progress on this front contributes significantly to medical errors.
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