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Does simulation training improve safety outcomes?

A new study showcases the potential connection between simulation training for acute care nurses and its role in improving patient safety outcomes. A growing trend in the training of medical-surgical nurses is the use of...
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What’s the best way to use the internet and social media when looking for...

Social media is a great tool that most of us use daily. Whether you are shopping online or writing a friend about meeting up for coffee, social media is an amazing resource. This tool...

High-level disinfection and sterilization

Nurses should have reprocessing knowledge, training, and competency. Takeaways  In 2018, more than 50% of hospitals surveyed by The Joint Commission were found to be noncompliant with high-level disinfection and sterilization standard IC.02.02.01, EP2.  Careful...
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How dirty is your cellphone?

You wash your hands…maybe you should clean your phone PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK is March 10-16, 2019. Are you aware of these facts? Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the...
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Promoting patient- and family-centered care with virtual rounding

A neonatal intensive care unit’s use of this technology facilitates communication and collaboration. Takeaways:  Organizations that embrace technology and innovation can change patient and family experiences and support a patient- and family-centered care model.  This...
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Improving patient satisfaction with discharge videos

Standardizing patient education with technology establishes a culture of patient safety. Takeaways:  Technology—electronic health records, patient portals, telemedicine, and social media—is playing an increasingly important role in healthcare delivery  Discharge education can have limited effectiveness...
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Mobile devices and healthcare-associated infections

Nursing research—a win for nurses and patients. Takeaways:  Mobile handheld devices are being used at more often in healthcare settings.  These devices have the potential to be infection carriers and cause healthcare-associated infections.  The disinfection...
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Emerging trends in nursing

RNs embrace roles beyond the bedside. Seun Ross, DNP, MSN, CRNP-F, NP-C, NEA-BC, is the director of Nursing Practice and Work Environment at the American Nurses Association (ANA). She’s published and lectured on numerous topics, including evidence-based...
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Increasing electronic health literacy: A three-pronged approach

Use assessment, education, and support to create informed healthcare consumers. By Meigan Robb, PhD, RN, and Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF Takeaways: Changes in technological advances have created both challenges and opportunities for nurses and patients. ...

Technology outperforms humans

Technology continues to be debated. Do we rely on it too much? Do we not embrace it enough? But sometimes, there’s no debating the benefits. And that may be the case with a study...
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Enclosure bed: A tool for calming agitated patients

By Dawn Walters, MS, RN, Vice-President of Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation Services Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, New York As told to Janet Boivin, BSN, RN At Erie County Medical Center, we’ve found enclosure beds...
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Leveraging technology to improve care and patient outcomes

The CHAMP app supports at-home monitoring of patients with single ventricle cardiac disease. Takeaways: CHAMP is a single ventricle interstage application for home monitoring that transcends the organization by integrating the standardization of ambulatory care...

Computer algorithm can predict septic shock

Targeted real-time early warning score (TREWScore), a computer-based algorithm, correctly predicts septic shock in 85% of cases, with a lead-time of more than 24 hours according to a report in Science Translational Medicine. Read...