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In praise of germs: Why common bugs are necessary for kids
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Attention, germaphobes. Exposure to the microscopic bugs is crucial for keeping kids healthy, according to new research in the prestigious journal Science. The study strongly supports a growing body of evidence that you need to put away the disinfectant and expose children to the real world of germs and microbes. More

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CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION HIGHLIGHTS


Commentary: blood stream infections in critically ill children
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Marlene Miller, MD, Vice President of the Children's Hospital Association Quality Transformation Network, recently wrote an editorial for Medsacpe which addresses a Consumer Reports critique of central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) rates in pediatric intensive care units. The editorial focuses on the unique nature of children's health care, while calling into question comparisons made between adult and pediatric ICUs. Dr. Miller explains the successes that have taken place in children's CLABSI prevention over the last several years. More

Children's Hospital Executive Compensation Trends

Trends in executive compensation at leading Children’s Hospitals/health systems according to 2011 survey results. Highlights the unique pay practices at Children’s Hospitals for better planning.
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Annual Leadership Conference call for proposals closes FRIDAY
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This is the last week to submit a proposal for the 2012 Annual Leadership Conference: Beyond Innovation, which will take place October 7-12 in Washington, DC. We are specifically looking for proposals on positioning children's hospitals for the future, taking the leadership team to the next level, and transforming models of care. Submit your best practices for a poster, an education session or an innovation challenge session by this Friday, March 30. More

PUBLIC POLICY NEWS


Changes costly to implement, but health care providers expect them to bring big savings
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Hospital chiefs continue to be some of the biggest supporters of the Affordable Care Act, as it should improve care and provide new health insurance coverage options for as many as 50 million uninsured Americans. More

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Kids should be part of this adult conversation
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A very adult conversation begins at the U.S. Supreme Court soon, but much of it will have an enormous impact on children. For three days, lawyers will argue over the constitutionality of two major provisions in the Affordable Care Act — the so-called "individual mandate," requiring most Americans to have health insurance, and the Medicaid expansion, requiring states to cover low-income adults regardless of whether they have children or a disability. More
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LATEST NEWS


AAP issues pediatric sudden cardiac arrest policy statement
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Health care providers working in pediatrics should be able to recognize the warning signs of patients with sudden cardiac arrest and be prepared to appropriately manage them, according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement published online in Pediatrics. More

Emerging trend for children's hospitals: Providing parents with urgent care center wait times via text messaging
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The use of mobile technology for the publication of emergency wait times is certainly an emerging trend among children's health care facilities. ER Texting, the leader in text/SMS wait time applications for the healthcare industry, successfully launched its services at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center (CCHMC). CCHMC joins the growing list of children's hospitals using ER Texting to provide this service to parents of children visiting their urgent care facilities. More



Children's hospitals to tackle research projects on low-weight babies
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Six Ohio children's hospitals are the latest enlistees to help Gov. John Kasich address an issue he first identified last March — problems associated with low birth-weight babies. Kasich is expected to announce that a portion of the $2 million he promised to Ohio's children's hospitals last year for a joint research project will go toward combating neonatal abstinence syndrome, a series of problems that affects children whose mothers were taking illegal or prescription drugs while pregnant. More

New analysis could give cues about when to move infants from NICU
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Late gestation is a busy time for babies getting ready for life outside the womb, particularly for functions critical to life such as breathing and maintaining an adequate heartbeat. These two functions are connected in mature infants and healthy people throughout life, so measuring their level of connectedness can give doctors a cue about whether an infant is ready to head home or needs to remain in the care of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Current methods to analyze this connection are not yet fully developed, leaving doctors and nurses without an optimal way to deal with periodically missing data or natural variations in breathing or heartbeat. Now, however, researchers in Virginia have found a way around this problem by using a new analytical method that looks for so-called cardiorespiratory interaction using individual breaths and heartbeats and relating the two in time. More

Sudden onset OCD in children — possible causes broadened
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Criteria for a broadened syndrome of acute onset obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have been proposed by a National Institutes of Health scientist and her colleagues. The syndrome, Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, includes children and teens that suddenly develop on-again/off-again OCD symptoms or abnormal eating behaviors, along with other psychiatric symptoms — without any known cause. More

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Childbirth: Slight risk in vaginal birth after Caesarean section
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Women who choose to have a vaginal birth after a previous Caesarean section may be at a slightly increased risk of complications. Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia studied 2,345 women who had had a Caesarean birth; 1,237 chose to have a subsequent vaginal delivery, while the rest chose a repeat Caesarean. All of the participants had full-term babies and were considered by their obstetricians eligible for a planned vaginal birth. More

Teens may have trouble getting morning-after pill
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Many U.S. pharmacies may give teen girls incorrect information over the phone about whether they can get the morning-after pill — taken to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex — without a prescription, a new study suggests. In most states, anyone age 17 and over can get the pill without a prescription, as a result of a 2009 decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More




'Back to sleep': Why are 2,500 US babies still dying of SIDS each year?
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There's no doubt that the Back to Sleep campaign launched in 1994 to get parents to stop putting babies to sleep on their tummies has been a success. In the 1970s and 1980s, the rate of infant deaths per 1,000 live births was 1.5; it's now 0.5. Within a generation, most babies are now put to bed on their backs, and yet 2,500 U.S. infants still die each year in the U.S. Researchers trying to understand why have noticed a curious byproduct of the trend toward back-sleeping: as fewer babies were being put to sleep on their bellies, more babies were documented engaging in other pediatric no-nos — sleeping with their parents, for example — which is another risk factor for SIDS. More

More parents follow updated car seat guidelines, survey finds
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A year after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration updated its child-safety seat guidelines recommending that children remain in rear-facing car seats until age 2 and older kids stay in booster seats as long as age 12, AAA has some good news. Its survey has found that 90 percent of parents with kids younger than 13 know about the changes. More
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