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10 ways to improve handoffs in your hospital
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The way the medical community views patient handoffs is evolving. Handoffs were once seen simply as the last thing physicians did before leaving the hospital. Now, more physicians realize it's a skill that needs to be taught, practiced, assessed, and improved upon. More

ENA launches two new blogs
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Follow reports from ENA members engaged in medical missions to Haiti on the ENA Members Respond to Haiti blog. ENA 2007-2009 Disaster Management and Preparedness Committee Chairperson Knox Andress, RN, BA, AD, FAEN, is coordinating reports from ENA members travelling to and returning from Haiti. Check out photos, video and commentary at Share your story by e-mailing Andress at or make a comment in the comments section of any post. 

Also, follow the official blog for ENA Leadership Conference 2010, ENA Live From Chicago, at Conference news, features, photos, and updates are being posted now, and ENA will blog live from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago next week.

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Be ready for drug-induced V-fib, groups urge
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Awareness of medication-induced torsade de pointes and a preset protocol for treating it could save lives in the hospital with swift action to prevent cardiac arrest, according to a joint statement from two professional associations. More
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Nurse anesthetists say they practice safely without physician supervision
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Nurse anesthetists across the country are vehemently defending their ability to administer anesthesia to Medicare patients without physician supervision, saying there's never been a study showing the practice to be unsafe, as alleged by two large physician groups who filed a lawsuit last week. More

Short needle may short HBV protection for obese
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Obese adolescents and young adults may not generate an adequate immune response to hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine because the needles used to vaccinate them are too short, a randomized study suggests. More

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Obama plans bipartisan summit on health care
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President Obama said that he would convene a half-day bipartisan health care session at the White House to be televised live this month, a high-profile gambit that will allow Americans to watch as Democrats and Republicans try to break their political impasse. More

Emergency room policy continues to make noise
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In the wake of emergency room concerns brought to Tumbler Ridge council in late January, the issue continues to make a splash beyond the Canadian town's confines. "There's obviously some issues that we want to work through," said Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom. "I think Tumbler Ridge has been well-served over its history, and if there's a couple of hick-ups right now, I can guarantee that we're going to work through them." More

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Executive: Hospital ignored policy in patient death
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A senior executive from Aria Health, owner of the Northeast Philadelphia hospital where Joaquin Rivera died in November as he waited for emergency treatment, said that staff did not follow company policy requiring periodic checks on patients in the waiting room. More

Most nurses are victims of workplace violence
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Nurses, the very people who are charged with providing care and comfort, are often the victims of workplace violence, according to a new study. The report from Australia found that 92 percent of nurses said they had been verbally abused, and more than half had been physically threatened or physically assaulted in the workplace. More

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Hospitals seeing surge in number of emergency room visits
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Emergency room visits have soared at area hospitals, buoyed by population growth, a sagging economy and the swine flu. In 2002, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, Calif., saw 59,093 patients in its emergency room. That number soared 119 percent to 129,959 in 2009, said Jorge Valencia, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County hospital in Colton. More

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