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Study: SNFs have high readmission rates of Medicare patients

A high percentage of Medicare patients who are discharged from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) will return to the hospital or the ED within 30...

How electronic health records are improving health care for elderly patients

Innovative information technology tools help ensure patients get the right care at the right time.

Study: Former prison inmates at risk for hospitalization

A study in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that former prison inmates have a higher risk for hospitalization than the general population. About 1 in...

Managing glucose levels in hospital patients

You’re likely to encounter hospital patients with diabetes. Are you up to date on the latest management guidelines?

Medication errors after hospital discharge common

A study in Annals of Internal Medicine found that half of patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndromes or acute decompensated heart failure had "clinically...

Study: Acute care elders unit shortens hospital stay, maintains patients’ functional abilities

June’s Health Affairs includes a study of an Acute Care for Elders Unit, which found that length of stay was significantly shorter, inpatient costs...
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SWAT nursing: A unique specialty

What does SWAT stand for? So Where Are They? Smart, Witty, and Talented? Smiling, Willing, Able, Technical? At the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS),...

Injury patterns in competitive college athletes identified

A study in the Journal of Athletic Training found that male competitive college athletes had a higher acute injury rate than their female counterparts,...

Never fear—the critical-care resource nurse is here

Creating a critical-care resource nurse role has helped one hospital ensure that critically ill patients get the same level of care no matter where they’re admitted.

What’s causing this respiratory distress?

How to recognize and reverse transfuion-related acute lung injury.

Seeking staffing solutions

This update explains the state of legislated staffing solutions - state by state.

Avoiding complications from an acute GI bleed

When a patient begins to vomit bright red blood, a nurse relies on his knowledge of Mallory-Weiss tears-and the adroit interventions of the rapid response team.

The growing threat of cephalosporin resistance

Extensive use of third-generation cephalosporins has led to cephalosporin-resistant bacterial strains. Learn how these organisms cause deadly infections and you can help control their spread.