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Incidence of sharps injuries among surgical staff

Editor's Note This meta-analysis found that a surgeon will have a sharps injury in about 1 in 10 surgical procedures. Of 45 studies analyzed, the incidence rate was 13.2 sharps injuries per 100 time-units. Per 100 person-years, the rate was 88.2 for self-reported injuries, 40.0 for perforations, and 5.8 for administrative…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2018
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Multimodal program reduces job stress in ICU nurses

Editor's Note In this study, a multimodal program that included education, role-play, and debriefing resulted in a lower prevalence of job stress in intensive care unit (ICU) nurses. A total of 198 ICU nurses from 8 hospitals in France were randomized to the multimodal program intervention group (101 nurses) or…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 26, 2018
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2019 OR Business Management Conference sets up shop in San Diego

Interest in the OR Business Management Conference has grown steadily in tandem with the number of proposals submitted each year. More than 400 individuals attended the conference in 2018, and they left with tools and strategies to implement in a variety of clinical settings upon their return. Feedback from attendees…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 14, 2018
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Association of nurse workload with missed care

Editor's Note A nurse’s ability to provide optimal patient care is influenced by a variety of factors, not just nurse to patient ratios, this study finds. In this study of 136 neonatal intensive care nurses caring for 418 infants during 332 12-hour shifts, subjective workload was the one variable that…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2018
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Voters reject Massachusetts ballot Question 1 on nurse-patient ratios

Editor's Note The Massachusetts ballot Question 1 that would have set strict limits on the number of hospital patients a nurse could care for at one time went down in defeat on November 6, the November 7 Boston Globe reports. Hospitals spent nearly $25 million to defeat the measure, more…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 7, 2018
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Nurse, patient survey shows patient safety in hospitals still a concern

Editor's Note Survey data from thousands of nurses and patients shows that patient safety remains a serious concern and that failure to improve hospital work environments may be hampering progress, finds this study by Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Of 53,644…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2018
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Hospital employment up again in October

Editor's Note US hospitals added 13,000 jobs in October to a seasonally adjusted 5,216,100, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on November 2. That is up 106,900 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 322,500 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate is 3.7%, matching…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2018
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Study: Bachelor’s degree nurses better prepared than associate degree nurses

Editor's Note In this study, nurses with bachelor’s degrees were found to be significantly better prepared than nurses with associate degrees in 5 of 16 test topics between 2007 and 2008, and in 12 of 16 topics between 2014 and 2015. Researchers tested the quality and safety educational preparedness differences…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2018
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Leapfrog Group expands ratings to outpatient surgery settings

Editor's Note The Leapfrog Group announced October 16 that it would expand its public reporting to outpatient settings. For the first time, Leapfrog will collect quality and safety data on ambulatory surgery centers through a new voluntary survey, and hospital outpatient surgery departments will report data through a new section…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2018
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HHS announces $293 million in awards to primary healthcare workforce

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on October 18 announced $293 million in awards to primary healthcare clinicians and students through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps programs. These programs provide scholarships and loan repayment to healthcare providers in exchange for working in…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 19, 2018
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