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Study on simulated stroke wins major neurology award
Loyola University Health System via Medical Xpress
A study performed by Loyola University Medical Center resident neurologists has won a prestigious 2015 Safety and Quality Award from the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that using a high-fidelity patient simulator and other simulation-based education techniques can significantly improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of first-year neurology residents treating stroke patients in the emergency department.
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Patients instructed on home injections not more confident when simulation was added
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Results of a study to identify the effect of two teaching methods on patient and caregiver satisfaction and confidence in administering home injections found that adding simulation did not improve learner satisfaction or self-confidence, but did assuage worry, when compared with verbal and written teaching alone, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.
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Validating chemotherapy administration feasible with simulation-based evaluation
Oncology Nurse Advisor
"Simulation-based evaluation is a feasible, effective method to validate chemotherapy competency and ensure all nurses receive the opportunity to demonstrate competencies in a safe and consistent manner," a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has concluded. The simulation was created to address a specific need: to find an opportunity for the hospital's 93 bedside nurses administering peripheral IV vesicants to meet their annual competency validation, said Lisa Malick, MS, RN, OCN®, University of Maryland Medical Center.
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Hospitals increasingly turn to patients for advice
Kaiser Health News
Jane Maier was one of a select group of patients invited in early 2012 to help Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts' largest health system, pick its new electronic health record system — a critical investment of close to $700 million. The system, which is now being phased in, will help coordinate services and reshape how patients and doctors find and read medical information. The fact that Partners sought the perspective of patients highlights how hospitals increasingly care about what their customers think.
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1st evidence-based guideline released to ensure patient safety
College of American Pathologists via News-Medical.Net
The College of American Pathologists and the National Society for Histotechnology released the first evidence-based guideline to ensure patient safety through the uniform labeling of paraffin blocks and slides. The guideline, Uniform Labeling of Blocks and Slides in Surgical Pathology, is now available in the online edition of Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. The new guideline includes 12 guideline statements to assist pathology laboratories in developing standardized block and slide labeling practices.
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Simulating a hospital environment
Laboratory Design
Simulation centers are often located in the basement or unused space of hospitals, universities and research centers. In some cases, they are a facilities best-kept secret, as they provide a wealth of learning and activities to prep workers for real-world situations. Most are also architecturally nondescript. However, at the suburban Parsippany, New Jersey, headquarters of a biopharmaceutical firm, The Medicines Company, specializing in acute and intensive care medicine, set out to challenge this convention. The challenge placed before Paul Lukez Architecture, an architectural firm based in the Boston area, was to design a simulation center like no other.
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New life for first-line antibiotics
Science 2.0
Researchers have identified a single, simple metric to guide antibiotic dosing that could bring an entire arsenal of first-line antibiotics back into the fight against drug-resistant pathogens. A computer simulation created by Hannah Meredith, a biomedical engineering graduate fellow at Duke University, revealed that a regimen based on a pathogen's recovery time could eliminate an otherwise resistant strain of bacteria. In theory, a database of recovery times for bacterial and antibiotic combinations could allow first-line antibiotics to clear many resistant infections.
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Researchers inching closer to effective Ebola vaccine
Katina Smallwood
A new Ebola vaccine being developed by drugmaker Profectus now has substantial data supporting its efficacy. A report recently published in the journal Nature by author Dr. Thomas W. Geisbert of the University of Texas Medical Branch highlights the company's clinical trials testing the new vaccine on monkeys. Primates are always used in the first phases of testing a new vaccine before human trials since they most closely resemble humans more than any other lab animal.
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Virtual reality offers window into Parkinson's psychosis
Neurology Advisor
As many as 50 percent of patients with Parkinson's disease experience psychosis at some point in their illness, but only 10 to 20 percent of those who do report it to their doctor. A new virtual reality simulation, demonstrated during the American Academy of Neurology 2015 meeting, offered physicians who treat patients with the condition a glimpse into these debilitating symptoms in an effort to raise awareness.
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Nursing simulation center sign of progress
Observer-Reporter
The great distance we have traveled in medicine, and how we can preserve and extend lives, is exemplified by the Washington Health System School of Nursing's Simulation Center, which is teaching student nurses how to react in real situations with real patients. The simulation center features two sophisticated robotic mannequins named Veronica and Hal that can blink and breathe, but can also suffer heart attacks, strokes and respiratory distress.
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Columbia University School of Nursing to build new simulation center
Healthcare Design
Columbia University Medical Center's School of Nursing has received a $6.5 million grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, which will be used to fund three projects, including the development of a state-of-the-art simulation learning laboratory. The facility will house high-tech mannequins where students can hone their skills prior to entering the clinical environment, as well a variety of realistic care settings, including patient exam rooms, a critical care unit and delivery and operating rooms.
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