Nurses were at the table during planning for the new, 275,000-square-foot Sierra Providence East Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. CEO Sally Hurt-Steffen says architects and builders really listened to the nursing viewpoint, which included the consideration of an aging nurse work force. For instance, concerns over how far nurses would have to walk between patient rooms, the nursing station and supply rooms led to creation of a pod system for stations and supplies.
A survey of more than 16,000 women ages 40 to 55 found that progression through the menopausal transition was linked to self-reported sleep disturbances. The lead researcher said both age and hormonal changes can lead to sleep problems for middle-age women going through menopause.
The Journal of the American Health Information Management Association has identified nine steps patients can take to protect their medical records and ward off identity theft. The report also provides a list of "recovery steps" to follow if such theft does occur.
More than 80 health messages from the CDC -- ranging from HIV testing to healthy behaviors in pregnancy -- are available as e-cards. More than 30,000 cards have been sent since the CDC launched the project.
A study that included about 1 million women shows hormone replacement therapy patches have a lower risk of gallbladder problems than pills. The researchers say one case of gallbladder surgery could be avoided for every 140 women who switch from pills to patches.