The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. One of the recommendations is one-time screening by ultrasonography in men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked. The task force is an independent panel of nonFederal experts in prevention and . . .
The author describes how the council works and its benefits for patients and families.
Maternal depression is more common at 4 years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after childbirth, according to a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The results suggest that a greater focus on maternal mental health is needed. Read more . . .
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released “Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs),” which cautions against legislators and policymakers taking actions that limit access to care provided by APRNs, including areas related to physician supervision. The report states, “expanded APRN scope of practice is good . . .
When a 2 acuity rating isn’t truly a 2
In a study published by Health Affairs, hospitals with higher nurse staffing had 25% lower odds of being penalized for readmissions compared to similar hospitals with lower staffing. Read more . . .
Bullying refers to repeated negative activity or aggression intended to harm or bother someone that the aggressor perceives as less powerful. In many cases, bullying victims are harassed because of certain characteristics others perceive as “different”—for instance, physical or learning disabilities, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. (See the box . . .
Using the patient “hand off” tool I-PASS reduced medical errors by 40% according to a study at Boston Children’s Hospital. I-PASS stands for: I = Illness severity, P = Patient summary, A = Action list for the next team, S = Situation awareness and contingency plans, and S = Synthesis and “read . . .
A study in BMJ Open reports that men had a higher rate of hospital utilization, defined as ED visits or readmissions within 30 days of discharge, than women. Risk factors for men included being retired, not being married, having symptoms of depression, and not visiting a primary care provider within . . .
SANE nurses help ensure victims of sexual assault receive the compassionate care they need and collect evidence that can be used in court.
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