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4 Good News Stories on HAI, and a Bonus
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Positive, forward-looking healthcare stories seem to come in clusters, and this time there are four on the progress being made in the fight against hospital-acquired infections. A fifth details advances against peptic ulcer disease. [Read More]
    
 
August 11, 2010
 
Editor's Picks

Has the Nursing Shortage Disappeared?
Our Nursing editor Rebecca Hendren says the nursing shortage is over. But maybe not for long. Down the road, there will be an increased demand to take care of the nation's aging population.[Read More]

Lack of Eye Protection in Cath Lab Could Lead to Cataracts
These two studies highlight an important concern that interventionalist who work in settings exposed to daily doses of ionizing radiation may not be taking precautions seriously. The authors wrote about interventional cardiologists abroad, but failure to wearing goggles or protect the head and neck is apparently a common in the U.S. as well.[Read More]

Unsupervised Nurse Anesthetists Pose No Increased Risk, Study Says
This is a hot-button issue for organized medicine, which claims nurse anesthetists shouldn't be allowed to start sedation alone. But here's another report that says they're adequately trained. They're especially needed in rural areas when doctors or surgeons aren't readily available.[Read More]

Unscripted Doctors and Other Takeaways from "Boston Med"
Our marketing editor Marianne Aiello draws some lessons from the television documentary Boston Med, an effort that improves health literacy for the general public. It illustrates how communication between and among clinicians improves care for patients.[Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

Lawsuit: HMA paid doctors to refer patients to specific hospitals
The Naples News – August 11, 2010
ERs turn more violent as government help shrinks for volatile mentally ill, addicted patients
Chicago Tribune/AP – August 11, 2010
Spinal-fluid test found to predict Alzheimer's
The New York Times – August 10, 2010
Renewed effort to lure doctors to rural areas faces obstacles
The Washington Post – August 9, 2010

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