ANA has recognized six recipients of its 2013 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators awards, including Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo. "When we look at the NDNQI, we benchmark ourselves against Magnet hospitals instead of rehabilitation hospitals. The standards are stricter," said Craig Hospital Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Diane Reinhard. To achieve excellence, hospitals should be proactive and "have nurses own the data, so when something falls apart they catch it," said Terry Wheat, director of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago.
Since its launch in 1998, ANA's National Database of Nursing Quality has expanded to become a key quality resource for hospitals and staff. The tool offers data from a number of national safety programs, including the CMS's Partnership for Patients, and ventures are being explored for the ambulatory care setting. "With an increased emphasis on accountability measures, transparent public reporting and pay for quality programs, hospitals and their clinical teams are challenged as never before to use clinical tools and data from NDNQI," said Maureen Dailey, an ANA senior policy fellow for nursing practice and policy.
The ANA named six U.S. hospitals as winners of the Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality during its Nursing Quality Conference in Las Vegas. "The award-winning hospitals recognize the importance of basing their nursing care strategies on data showing what produces the best results for patients," ANA President Karen A. Daley said.
Morgellons disease, a strange skin disease which reportedly causes crawling, itching and stinging sensations, is not infectious, according to a CDC study. "We found no evidence that this condition is contagious, or that suggests the need for additional testing for an infectious disease as a potential cause," according to Mark Eberhard, director of CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. Researchers failed to uncover the exact cause of the disease.
A Sanford Health pilot project is testing whether blood pressure screening programs run by nurses at churches in North Dakota can lower hypertension rates. A similar program in South Dakota resulted in blood pressure rate reductions for 41% of patients who received a follow-up evaluation. Essentia Health registered nurse Peggy Ward says blood pressure checks give parishioners a chance to bring up other health concerns as well.