There are more than 12,000 Indian nurses waiting for the U.S. to relax its visa laws so they can work in American health care facilities. A measure to increase the quota on a special visa has twice this year been considered in the Senate, where it faced opposition from Texas congressional members who are part of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.
A study found newborns in hospital ICUs tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates of community rather than nosocomial origins. Researchers say it is a worrisome finding since the infants had never been outside of the health care system. Vaginal delivery and maternal smoking were risk factors for transmission in women given antibiotics prior to delivery.
For every one-serving increase in whole-grain consumption, participants in a long-range study reduced their risk of heart failure by 7%. The study also found an 8% increased risk of heart failure for each additional serving of high-fat dairy, as well as a 23% increase for each increased serving of eggs.
Health IT -- including electronic medical records -- can automate administrative and clinical processes in hospitals, saving time and trimming costs, Informatics Corp. of America CEO Gary Zegiestowsky said. The efficiency savings will allow nurses and other health care staff to focus on patient care and maintain safety and quality levels, he said.
Nurses and doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are using therapeutic hypothermia to help protect the brains of children who experience cardiac arrest. Nurses induce rapid cooling by using a cooling blanket and ice packs and then turn and monitor the patient to prevent skin damage or side effects.