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URI Nursing Study Shows Benefits Of Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping On Brain Development In Healthy Babies
A five-minute delay in the clamping of healthy infants’ umbilical cords results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development, a new University of Rhode Island nursing study has found.
“When we wait five minutes to clamp the cords of healthy babies, there is a return of the infant’s own blood from the placenta, and one of the results is a return of up to 50 percent of the baby’s iron-rich blood cells,” said URI Professor of Nursing Debra A. Erickson-Owens, a certified nurse-midwife, who conducted the study with Judith S. Mercer, also a midwife and URI nursing professor emeritus. “So when the brain needs red blood cells (and iron) to make myelin, the robustness of the iron stores make a big difference,” Erickson-Owens said.
The study, published in the December issue of The Journal of Pediatrics and funded by a $2.4 million National In
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New Mexico Proposed Legislation Jeopardizes Safety Of Patients Bill Would Replace Physicians With Nurses For Anesthesia Care
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the New Mexico Society of Anesthesiologists (NMSA) strongly oppose SB 222, which will remove physician involvement from anesthesia care in New Mexico and authorize nurse anesthetists to replace physician anesthesiologists.
ASA and NMSA urge the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee to vote no on SB 222, which will lower the standard of care and jeopardize the lives of New Mexicans receiving anesthesia.
“Despite advances in medicine and patient safety, surgery and anesthesia are inherently dangerous,” said ASA President Linda Mason, M.D., FASA. “Physician anesthesiologists are highly skilled medical experts who have the education and training to make critical decisions in an emergency. People want a physician to administer their anesthesia or respond in an emergency.”
Physician anesthesiologists have up to 14 years of post-graduate
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Boy Scout Motto – Be Prepared – Works For Parents Of Campers With Allergies And Asthma
The idea of summer camp looms large for many kids who wonder: Will I make any friends? What if I get lost in the woods? And for campers with allergies and asthma, “What if I have an allergic reaction or an asthma attack?”
“When kids head off to summer camp, especially for the first time, they have lots of questions,” says allergist Todd Mahr, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “Kids who suffer from seasonal allergies, food allergies or asthma, also wonder about their health. For them, additional preparation is necessary to keep them safe and happy, so they can enjoy their time away from home.”
If you’re considering camp for your child with allergies or asthma, start planning now to make sure all details are buttoned up before camp begins. Below are five tips from ACAAI to help you and your child enjoy their summer camp experience.
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Patient Navigator Certificate Broadens Career Roles For RNs
The Shenandoah University Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing is offering a Patient Navigator Certificate (PNC) for licensed registered nurses (RNs) seeking to pursue Continuing Education credits. Hospitals and large physician practices nationwide are enrolling individuals as well as groups of up to 20 RNs into the program because of its ability to manage complex cases more cost effectively and lower readmission costs by helping patients make well-informed health care decisions.
“Coordination of complex care requires the expertise of registered nurses, as there is no substitute for their assessment skills and knowledge base in handling patient care,” said Lisa M. Darsch, MSN, RN, director of the Patient Navigation Certificate program.
Navigators Bridge the Gap
Navigators fill the education voids that are sometimes left in the hospital discharge process by being readily available to