Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Appear Underused
March 10, 2015 - With the increasing use of opioid analgesics has
come public health concerns associated with the misuse and abuse of
these drugs. States have developed prescription drug monitoring programs
(PDMPs) to help identify and deter opioid abuse, but they are not
Confusion About POLST May Affect End-of-life Care
March 9, 2015 - Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment
(POLST) documents are an approach to end-of-life care planning with
medical orders that can be followed across health care settings, but a
recent study from the University of Pennsylvania found that emergency
physicians and paramedics commonly misinterpret the documents.
Hospital Survey Finds Mixed Results in Maternity Care
February 25, 2015 - U.S. hospitals are making gains in the
quality of maternity care offered, yet data from The Leapfrog Group’s
hospital survey also demonstrates substantial room exists for enhancing
Yoga Therapy Showing Benefits for Cancer Survivors
February 23, 2015 - Could yoga help someone regain a better
quality of life after undergoing treatment for cancer? A growing body of
research suggests that it can.
Diversity in Nursing: Will It Ever Match Patient Demographics?
February 10, 2015 - Recognizing how a diverse nursing workforce
can help achieve health equity for patients from different backgrounds,
nursing leaders have developed a variety of initiatives that are showing
results. Yet more work is needed to achieve diversity in nursing that
more closely resembles patient demographics.
The Good News and Bad News About Infection Control
Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first? When looking at
the current state of infection control in the United States--including
rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and progress on
goals--reports show that we have a little bit of both. Although
important strides have been made in infection prevention in the last few
years, experts say there is still a significant amount of work that
needs to be done.