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Robots Help Nurses Get the Job Done – With Smiles and Beeps

You can't miss Cedars-Sinai's newest helpers: identical twin robots named Moxi.

They zip through the hospital's hallways and corridors, assisting nurses by performing simple yet time-consuming tasks such as delivering lab samples and collecting medicine from the pharmacy. They can even travel to the gift shop to pick up items for patients.

The robots dramatically improve efficiency by carrying supplies, medicine and linens. Just as important, they add energy and cheer to the units where they work-their heart-shaped eyes light up and they make cartoonlike beeping sounds when they wave hello with their mechanized arms.

Nurses and others say they get a kick out of being around the robots, which have been introduced as a pilot program on neurology, orthopaedic and surgical units.

"We love Moxi," said Melanie Barone, RN, associate nursing director. "I think it's important to have Moxi

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Successful Medicare Initiative Increases the Supply of Nurse Practitioners to Address Primary Care Shortages

A new study published today in Health Affairs shows that Medicare support for clinical training for nurse practitioners would increase their numbers and address the national shortage of primary care. The study, by researchers at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics shows that universities participating in the $200 million Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) Demonstration significantly increased the number of primary care NPs they graduated. Co-author Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, said “One in four Americans, or over 80 million people, lack a primary care provider. Nurse practitioners with advanced clinical training in primary care help the public obtain health care when they need it. There are plenty of qualified applicants to university NP

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Latest ADA Annual Standards of Care Includes Changes to Diabetes Screening, First-Line Therapy, Pregnancy, and Technology

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) released its much-anticipated annual Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes (Standards of Care). Based upon the latest scientific diabetes research and clinical trials, Standards of Care is the gold-standard for professionals in the medical field and includes vital new and updated practice guidelines to care for people with diabetes and prediabetes.

"We recognize that health care providers around the world look to our Standards of Care for the latest in how new research can impact care and are excited to provide this valuable resource," said Dr. Robert Gabbay, Chief Scientific & Medical Officer at the ADA. "The evidence for the prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications is constantly evolving and it is crucial we do our best to keep medical professionals informed on best practices and medical advances in the field of diabetes."

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Custom Finger Clip Offers A New Way To Measure Blood Pressure, Other Vitals

Monitoring a person’s blood pressure on a regular basis can help health care professionals with early detection of various health problems such as high blood pressure, which has no warning signs or symptoms. However, many things can alter an accurate blood pressure reading, including a patient’s nervousness about having their blood pressure taken at a doctor’s office, otherwise known as “white coat syndrome.”

Now, researchers at the University of Missouri are customizing a commercial finger clip device to provide a rapid, noninvasive way for measuring and continually monitoring blood pressure. The device can also simultaneously measure four additional vital signs — heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, body temperature and respiratory rate, said Richard Byfield, a mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student in the MU College of Engineering, and the lead author on the study.

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