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Let's hear it for quality improvement!
Accredited hospitals in America have steadily improved the quality of patient care over a 7-year period, according to The Joint Commission's latest annual report Improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission's Report on Quality and Safety 2009.
ENA offers new free evidence-based resources
The Emergency Nurses Association announces the release of two new free evidence-based resources: "The Use of Capnography During Procedural Sedation/Analgesia in the Emergency Department" and "Family Presence During Invasive Procedures and Resuscitation in the Emergency Department".
Is your hospital the Most Wired?
Hospitals & Health Networks magazine has unveiled its 2010 Most Wired Survey for hospitals to complete online through March 15. Open to all hospitals and health systems, this year's survey measures hospital IT achievements in four key areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety; and the care continuum.
Help for student loan repayment
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications through March 4 for its 2010 Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program, which helps RNs repay their student loans in exchange for working 2 years in a hospital or other healthcare facility with a critical shortage of nurses.
Chronic childhood health conditions on the rise
According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the rate of chronic health conditions among U.S. children increased from 12.8% in 1994 to 26.6% in 2006.
FDA takes steps to reduce unnecessary medical imaging radiation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a three-part initiative to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from certain medical imaging procedures, including computed tomography, nuclear medicine studies, and fluoroscopy procedures.