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Study: Blood infections play role in up to half of hospital deaths
Sepsis occurs in about 10 percent of hospital patients in the U.S. but contribute to as many as half of all hospital deaths, according to a new study presented during the American Thoracic Society’s annual conference in San Diego May 16-21. Sepsis affects as many as 750,000 hospitalized patients in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many studies have examined the incidence and mortality of patients diagnosed with sepsis in the U.S. over time, but the study authors say that so far the impact of sepsis on overall hospital mortality has been poorly understood.
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Career Guides needed for ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) Career Connections Program! New nurses need you!
ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) is happy to announce that the new program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position is very popular! The aim of the Career Connections program is to match a novice nurse (the Seeker) with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge and experiences with novice nurses through this important transition to a professional position in nursing. Career Guides support and encourage the seeker throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide Seeker to:
  • Identify possible entry level positions
  • Critique cover letters and resumes
  • Provide coaching for interviews with nurse recruiters
  • Listen and support to novices’ questions and answer job-related concerns
Once matched, Career Guides and novice nurses arrange to meet at a mutually agreeable time. The connection is meant to end when novice nurses find their first position. To participate send name, position, snail mail address and phone number to Sabianca Delva at

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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Needed: Articles for The September 2014 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by @ 123,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
This year we are focusing on safe staffing and encourage you to weigh in on this important issue!
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186
Deadline date for submission is July 10!

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ANA releases 2nd Edition of 'Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice'
The American Nurses Association (ANA) released a new edition of “ Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.” The book is co-published by ANA, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN).
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Replacing horizontal violence in the nursing profession
By Keith Carlson
Nurse bullying and so-called "horizontal violence" are rampant in our profession. Nurses bully and harass one another, using intimidation and other tactics as they jockey for power in a healthcare system that does not proactively attempt to prevent such disruptive behavior. Yes, we hear tales of physicians intimidating and bullying nurses, but we also hear numerous examples of nurses treating one another with utter disrespect and a true lack of kindness.
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How is healthcare like baseball? Teamwork matters
Remember Marcus Welby, M.D.? If you don’t, it’s not surprising. We’ve come a long way from doctors hanging out a shingle and practicing with just one nurse and a receptionist. Back in the days of black and white TV, the doctor did everything, from weighing you to writing down the symptoms (with a pen, not on a computer) and handing you a prescription. Things have certainly changed. According to the American Medical Association, fewer than 18 percent practiced on their own in 2013, and even doctors in small practices have nurses, medical assistants, a receptionist and billing people — and that’s the simple setting.
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Nurses and nurse practitioners can help reverse rise in pertussis cases
Nurses and nurse practitioners need to make a concerted effort to reverse the rise in pertussis cases and deaths, especially among children and young people, according to an article published in the July-September edition of The Journal of Christian Nursing. “The battle of pertussis is winnable through education, awareness, and vaccination,” Emily Peake, APRN, MSN, FNP-C, CLC, and Lisa K. McGuire, RN, MSN, MBA-HCM, write in the article titled, “The Growing Global Pertussis Problem.” “This effort begins with nurses and nurse practitioners and other primary care providers who educate patients and the public.”
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Skin infections: Practical guide for clinicians
MedPage Today
Accurate diagnosis is the key to treating skin and soft tissue infections, according to new practice guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. While antibiotic treatment is life-saving in some cases, the guidelines stress that most skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) — including those caused by drug-resistant bacteria — are mild and will heal on their own.
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Good progress on affordable healthcare
The New York Times
Americans are finding very affordable health insurance and a wide choice of plans on the exchanges operated by the federal government, according to a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report was based on data from the 36 states in which the federal government is operating health insurance exchanges this year. Comparable data from states operating their own exchanges is not yet available.

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Glass to get HIPAA compliance, surgery ready!
Android Headlines
Google Glass has been of interest to the healthcare industry for a while, and while performing surgery with Glass is nothing new, complying with HIPAA standards while doing it is. Video streaming software company CrowdOptic has teamed up with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to produce streaming software that lets surgeons share their live recording with others off site. But now they are looking to include a feature to that software that allows for HIPAA compliance.

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Mobile health is enhancing clinical decisions at the point of care
HIT Consultant
Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous in doctors’ offices and hospitals as a means to standardize care protocols, improve the flow of information, and ease the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs). In fact, mobile devices are becoming as essential as the exam table, according to a 2013 survey conducted on behalf of Wolters Kluwer Health by Paris-based market and technology firm Ipsos.

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More US service members in treatment for mental health disorders
HealthDay News
About 3.5 percent of U.S. military personnel were in treatment for mental health conditions in 2012 — up from just 1 percent in 2000, a new military study finds. Experts said the rise is likely due to two factors: an actual increase in mental health disorders since Sept. 11, 2001, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; as well as the military's efforts to get more soldiers into treatment.
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Empagliflozin safe, effective treatment for Type 2 diabetes
Healio — Endocrine Today
Empagliflozin used as monotherapy or as an add-on medication improved outcomes for patients with Type 2 diabetes, according to research presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions. Findings presented by both Michael Roden, M.D., of the Institute for Clinical Diabetology, German Diabetes Center, Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research, and Martin Ridderstråle, M.D., of the Steno Diabetes Center, Denmark, demonstrated the treatment was safe and effective.
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Compliance with child asthma care measures cuts readmission
HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network
For children hospitalized with asthma, compliance with care measures is associated with a reduction in readmission rates, according to a study published online June 16 in Pediatrics. Lora Bergert, M.D., from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, and colleagues examined the impact of compliance with Children's Asthma Care measures. Compliance was assessed in pediatric patients aged 2 to 18 years hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of asthma. Readmission and emergency department utilization rates were compared preimplementation.
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Bionic pancreas outperforms insulin pump in studies
People with Type 1 diabetes who used a bionic pancreas, instead of manually monitoring glucose using fingerstick tests and delivering insulin using a pump, were more likely to have blood glucose levels consistently within the normal range, according to a report in the online June 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers at Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital say the process of blood glucose control could improve dramatically with the bionic pancreas, according to a National Institutes of Health news release.
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Once again, US has most expensive, least effective healthcare system in survey
The Washington Post
There are painful losing streaks that don’t really matter — say, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-game disaster in 1976 and 1977 — and losing streaks that really mean something. This one means something. A report released by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its healthcare system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same spot it occupied in four previous studies by the same organization.
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