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Take Note - Practice Updates

A study in Critical Care Nurse reports that the health of critical-care nurses’ work environments has improved since 2013, but staffing remains a major concern.

Read more at  American Association of Critical-Care Nurses . . .

Another reason to watch how much time you spend on your electronic devices: Mindless switching between digital devices is associated with increased susceptibility to food temptations and lack of self-control, which may result in weight gain, according to a study in Brain Imaging and Behavior.

Read more at Rice . . .

The Stop -Bang screening tool can reliably predict the presence of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a study in Applied Nursing Research. Screening is vital to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality related to the condition.

Read more at ScienceDirect . . .

Only half of ICU providers are familiar with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative Choosing Wisely recommendations, according to a report in Critical Care Medicine. Choosing Wisely is an initiative to avoid unnecessary medical tests, treatments, and procedures.

Read more via Critical Care Medicine and learn more about Choosing Wisely . . .

A study in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition reports that poor mental health is linked with poor diet quality among California adults, regardless of characteristics such as gender, education, age, marital status and income level.

Read more via Loma Linda University Health . . .

For women in the third trimester of pregnancy, cholecystectomy should be delayed (whenever possible) until the postpartum period to avoid adverse maternal outcomes, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Read more via Journal of the American College of Surgeons . . .

Hearing impairment is associated with accelerated cognitive decline with age, though the impact of mild hearing loss may be lessened by higher education, according to a study in the Journals of Gerontology: Series A.

Read more via Oxford Academic, the Journals of Gerontology: Series A . . .

Full use of the ABCDEF bundle in the ICU improves several outcomes, including survival, mechanical ventilation use, delirium, and ICU readmissions, according to a study in Critical Care Medicine.

Read more via Critical Care Medicine . . .

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