Low-income and minority patients in the U.S. were less likely to get recommended pain treatment in practically all health care settings, according to a study in the journal Pain Medicine. Researchers and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing professors Salimah Meghani and Rosemary Polomano said educational and licensing programs should highlight the need to address disparities in pain management.
Johns Hopkins researchers said certain Michigan hospitals had a more than 70% reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonia cases after their staff adopted "ventilator bundle" therapies that served as a checklist. All five items in the checklist reduced patients' time spent on ventilators.
Natural disasters, patient safety, health care reform and access to care issues will combine to challenge and change emergency nursing in the future. Emergency department nurses will have to expand their skills and add new ones as they are called on to improve patient care and deal with how reform may affect their hospital's bottom line.
Nurse.com interviewed specialty nurses in critical care, perioperative nursing, pediatrics, emergency care and women's health to discuss high-priority clinical issues. Themes included patient and nurse safety, preventive care, and wellness.
Southern California nurses from various facilities are working together to implement and improve hourly rounding, which can reduce use of the call light and improve patient outcomes, satisfaction and safety. To make the system work, the nurses began by sharing tips and stories through monthly teleconferences and in-person meetings.