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RNews Digest: 4 August 2017

RNL Editors |

News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.

Design thinking for doctors and nurses
The New York Times, Amitha Kalaichandran, 3 August 2017
An easy-to-spot garment called the trauma team leader identification vest clearly identifies who’s in charge. It’s a simple yet effective innovation created by a nurse after a hectic gunshot trauma simulation, in which a huddle of highly stressed emergency room staff members spoke over one another and there were no clear roles. 

Understanding unconscious bias can promote health equity
Campaign for Action, Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, 1 August 2017
Unconscious bias can lead to health disparities such as the under treatment of conditions like pain, cardiovascular disease, asthma and mental health in racial and ethnic minorities. Providers with more implicit biases are more likely to have negative interactions with patients.

First human embryo editing experiment in U.S. ‘corrects’ gene for heart condition
Washington Post, Ariana Eunjung Cha, 2 August 2017
Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos to erase a heritable heart condition that is known for causing sudden death in young competitive athletes, cracking open the doors to a controversial new era in medicine.

Beyond maternity nursing: The baby-friendly hospital initiative
American Journal of Nursing, Regina Cardaci, August 2017
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a program developed by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund to promote breastfeeding in hospitals and birthing facilities worldwide. In the United States, implementation of the BFHI occurs in four phases, called the “4-D Process.”

The uneven health toll of sleep deprivation
The Atlantic, Olga Khazan, 3 August 2017
Compared to whites, African Americans are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. When researchers control for diet, exercise and smoking, the disparity persists. An unexpected factor could be driving these disparities in heart disease: sleep.

The secret to lowering C-section rates? Patience.
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 1 August 2017
Charge nurses lead a team review (nurses, obstetricians, neonatologists, and anesthesiologists) of the care management plan of every patient in labor and delivery. They discuss whether they are on track with the plan and what needs to be addressed or adjusted.

We are running out of effective antibiotics fast
PBS NewsHour, Miles O-Brien and Paul Solman, 2 August 2017
Each year, superbugs—viral bacterial infections resistant to common antibiotics—infect more than two million Americans, killing at least 38,000. As the list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria grows, so have the extraordinary efforts to prevent the spread of infection from patient to patient

Good nursing is good antibiotic stewardship
American Journal of Nursing, Rita D. Olans and colleagues, August 2017
Nurses are already recognized as the primary bedside advocates and monitors of patient safety and progress. Teaching nurses about antibiotic resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, and new approaches to antibiotic management needs to be a part of basic nursing education.

When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread—to the tune of $5 billion
Kaiser Health News, Marisa Taylor, 3 August 2017
Carol Emanuele beat cancer. But she has an open wound on the bottom of her foot that leaves her unable to walk and prone to deadly infection. She has had a dizzying array of treatments. Freeze-dried placenta. Penis foreskin cells. High doses of pressurized oxygen. And those are just a few of the treatment options patients face.

The ROI of patient experience
HealthLeaders Media, Debra Beaulieu, 1 August 2017
Organizations engaged in patient experience—hiring not just for clinical skill but also behavior—see lower rates of costly turnover. And patients who feel heard are less likely to sue, research has shown.

Mental health sector gives mixed response to £1.3bn plan for better services
The Guardian, Alexandra Topping and Peter Walker, 31 July 2017
The government says commitment to expand mental health services will treat an extra million people, but The Royal College of Nursing has questioned whether there was sufficient time and funding to train enough new professionals to meet the ambition of the policy.

Need to calm down? Try talking to yourself 
HealthDay, 1 August 2017
Talking to yourself in the third person can help control your emotions when you're upset, new research suggests. The findings are based on experiments in which volunteers underwent brain scans while confronted with upsetting situations.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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