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This Thanksgiving, Talk Turkey About Family Health History

By Dani Kupperman, Genetic Counselor at Danbury Hospital, Jessica Lipschutz, Genetic Counselor at Norwalk Hospital, and Susan Ingram, Genetic Counselor at Norwalk Hospital


Thanksgiving is also National Family Health History Day. Public health organizations and healthcare providers are urging families to use the holiday as an opportunity to start conversations about family health history.

Knowing your family’s medical history and sharing it with your medical providers can help your healthcare team assess your risk for certain diseases and recommend appropriate healthcare services and testing.

Although it can sometimes be challenging to find out about or share your health history, overcoming these barriers can provide health benefits for you and your family — and possibly save a life.

As parents, siblings, grandparents, and other relatives gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, th

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Regenstrief, IU Study Finds Assigning Hospitalists By Unit Has Both Pros And Cons

Researchers from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine have conducted the first time-motion study in more than a decade to assess the impact of geographic cohorting of hospitalists.

Geographic cohorting -- restricting or localizing hospitalists and their patients to one or two inpatient units rather than having hospitalists travel from floor to floor, across wings or between buildings to care for patients -- is becoming increasingly popular with health care systems and hospitals. But what is the impact of this method of staffing?

The new time-motion study found potential benefits from geographic cohorting such as increased number of bedside visits and time spent by the hospitalist with patients, yet the researchers also reported that geographically cohorted hospitalists were observed to be interrupted more frequently than hospitalists caring for patients sprea

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AMT Introduces UriCap For Patients In Long-Term Care

American Medical Technologies (AMT), the leading independent provider of wound care solutions for long-term care and post-acute environments, has partnered with TillaCare to introduce UriCap, an innovative external urine collection device for managing female urinary incontinence (UI) in the long-term care market across the United States.

UriCap is a non-invasive, leak-free, external urine collection device specifically designed to fit the female anatomy. It prevents contact between urine and skin, helps monitor urine quality and quantity, conceals the odor of urine, and keeps the patient dry. UriCap is covered under CMS Medicare Part B program and there is no cost to the facility. Additionally, as it is changed only once per day, UriCap helps the facility reduce various costs associated with staff time, incontinence products, labor, laundry, and waste removal.

"Traditionally facilities

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'Fuzzy Logic' System May Help Neonatal Nurses Prevent IV Catheter Failure

A "fuzzy logic" alarm system may help nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) predict impending catheter infusion failure – and prevent complications in critically ill newborns, reports a study in the October issue of Advances in Neonatal Care, official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

"The advantage of using the fuzzy logic alarm system for prediction of impending peripheral intravenous catheter infusion failure is the potential for prevention of disruption of infused fluid or medicine and prevention of tissue injury," writes Elena M. Bosque, PhD, ARNP, NNP-BC, of Seattle Children's Hospital. Her innovative approach provides an example of neonatal nurses becoming involved in hands-on development of the monitoring technology that's an essential part of their work in the NICU. The pro

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