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Retention study might aid nursing home worker shortage

... shortage. It's a self-perpetuating problem: Short staffing leads to CNA burnout and frustration, which in turn lead to even higher turnover," says Pillemer. "We desperately need creative new employee development and retention programs that truly work and are cost effective." To test whether retention special...

Hospital work shifts influence survival from cardiac arrest

...ardiac arrest during the night shift, when overall staffing is typically at its lowest," said Mary Ann Peberdy, M.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor of internal medicine and emergency medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Va. Cardiac arrest is the abrupt lo...

USP releases fourth annual report on medication errors in U.S. hospitals

...d often cited workplace distractions (43 percent), staffing issues such as shift changes and floating staff (36 percent), and workload increases (22 percent), as contributing factors. Although workplace distraction remains the leading factor contributing to medication errors, the data revealed a drop from 47 ...

News for moms-to-be with preeclampsia: Hospital choice helps avoid a cesarean delivery

... Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Levels of expertise and staffing at tertiary hospitals may allow greater attempts and success with vaginal delivery among women with preeclampsia compared with primary or secondary hospitals," writes Dorothea Mostello, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and women's ...

Drug company fees for FDA reviews havent accelerated approvals, study finds

...throughout the period from 1980 to 1998. In fact, staffing levels were growing rapidly for about five years b...s for every 100 additional FDA staff hired. If FDA staffing had stayed constant at 1980 levels throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the researchers show, average dru...

Largest multistate study finds end-of-life care still 'woefully inadequate'

...need, the researchers say, for Congress to address staffing shortages and the increasing rate of U.S. nursing homes going bankrupt. Annual reporting on the quality of care of the dying to Congress and the President. The researchers call on the National Center for Health Statistics to conduct ongoing mortalit...

Researchers find weaknesses in Arkansas public health system

...hers also identified problems with communications, staffing and public cooperation. However, the epidemic was successfully managed, and no deaths were reported. "Despite many identified barriers to effective public health management, Arkansas tolerated its worst epidemic of pertussis in many years," the...

Study questions premise of impending US physician shortage

...red the current supply of U.S. physicians with the staffing at several large medical group practices that treat health maintenance organizations (HMO) patients. He found that an increase in the number of physicians might not be necessary. His study, entitled "Prepaid Group Practice Staffing and U.S. Physician...

UMHS study finds surgery safer at teaching hospitals

...ter diagnostic equipment, more intensive care unit staffing or other beneficial resources. "Undergoing surgery at teaching hospitals is perhaps more safe than at non-teaching hospitals because of the increased volumes of complex cases seen at these centers," Upchurch says. In addition to Upchurch, study ...

'Care managers' help depressed elderly reduce suicidal thoughts

An intervention that includes staffing doctors' offices with depression care managers helps depressed elderly patients reduce suicidal thoughts, a study funded by NIH's National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has found. Martha Bruce, Ph.D., Cornell University, Charles Reynolds, III, M....

Heart attack deaths increase during winter holidays

...to be partially attributable to decreased hospital staffing on weekends, he added. "It is possible that the de...utcomes does not include any information about the staffing levels or economic situation of any of the hospitals. "However, we suspect that the differences seen...

Going low tech, low cost to ease the terrors of dementia

...ovide enough support to nursing homes to allow the staffing that would be needed for everyone to receive such treatment."...

Researchers seek solutions to impending U.S. long-term care facility staffing crisis

...ges into tomorrow's elderly population. Inadequate staffing translates into worse health and lower quality of ...key part of nursing home operations -- should ease staffing problems or at least keep them from getting much worse over time, he said. Among agencies a...

Cedars-Sinai receives full AAHRPP accreditation for all research involving human subjects

..., all of the Medical Center's policies, practices, staffing expertise, and resources related to the protection of the rights and welfare of research participants were examined. "Being accredited reflects our commitment to protecting patients involved in clinical research at Cedars-Sinai," said Shlomo Melmed...

PACS increase physician productivity by more than a third

...997 to 2002, said David Broumandi, MD. Meanwhile, staffing stayed the same at 6.7, Dr. Broumandi said. "The work-related relative value units (WRVU) per full-time equivalent radiologist was 6,602 (prior to PACS); that number increased by 39% to 9,195 in 2002 (after PACS implementation)," said Dr. Broumandi. ...

Study shows new patient care process can decrease risk to children on mechanical ventilation

...ws for more consistency in the child's care across staffing shifts and ensures that each child is given adequate medication to ensure appropriate alertness and comfort level while, at the same time, preventing removal of breathing tubes. From July 1991 to June 1996, before making any additional changes to the...

ICU physicians save hospitals money

...plementing the intensive care unit (ICU) physician staffing standard, according to an article in the June issu...The Leapfrog Group's intensive care unit physician staffing standard requires ICUs to have a dedicated intensivist present in the ICU at all times during the da...

One-third of all physician assistants work in hospitals

... as hospitals look for a way to fill gaps in their staffing schedules left by limitations on the number of hours that medical residents can work. Guidelines that went into effect in July 2003 limit the hours medical residents can work in a week to 80. Many hospitals are looking to PAs to make up the patient-...

Families inform roadmap to improve care for dying in nursing homes

... increase reimbursements to nursing homes to boost staffing levels; provide incentives and remove financial disincentives for nursing homes to contract with Medicare-certified hospices; include information about hospice care in the federal Patients' Bill of Rights....

The research assessment exercise is damaging UK medicine

...emic medicine. They state that the RAE has altered staffing structures and distorted the integrated approach to teaching, clinical practice and research. This in turn has compromised the training of medical students and jeopardised high-quality translational research that is directed towards the benefit of pa...

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