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December 13, 2013

 
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Study Finds Influenza Often Still Fatal in U.S. Children
A study of influenza-associated pediatric deaths during the 2004 through 2012 flu seasons found that many children, even those without high-risk medical conditions, died within a week of symptom onset; more than one-third died in EDs or outside hospitals. The authors support recommendations to vaccinate all children ages six months and older. Findings appeared in Pediatrics.

New CVD Prevention Guidelines Ignite Controversy
Four sets of guidelines for preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) by addressing risk, cholesterol, lifestyle management, and overweight and obesity—published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC)—have prompted controversy. In particular, critics are concerned that the risk calculator could overestimate risk. The AHA/ACC quickly issued a defending statement.

CDC Publishes New Resource for Managing Food Allergies in Children
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs, which emphasizes preparedness and offers useful strategies. For example, schools and early care programs are advised to keep parent-supplied auto-injectors on hand so that trained staff can administer epinephrine quickly in an emergency.

Quick Takes

  • For the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely initiative, specialty societies have developed lists of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question, in an effort to improve communication and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures.
  • A recent survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing found that the job-offer rate for 2012 BSN and MSN graduates was about 90%.
  • Workers can now submit whistleblower complaints online to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, rather than solely by writing or phoning the agency.

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"Predictors of Nurses' Intentions to Work During the 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic," a December CE–Original Research feature, reports on findings from a study exploring nurses' willingness and ability to work during a public health crisis. An interview with the lead author accompanies this article.
"HIV Peripheral Neuropathy and Foot Care Management: A Review of Assessment and Relevant Guidelines," another CE feature, reviews what is known about this often overlooked complication of HIV infection and provides information on its assessment and management.
"Family Pet Visitation," another feature article, discusses the creation of a protocol for this patient-centered intervention. An interview with two of the authors and a blog post are also available.
"Quiet at Night: Implementing a Nightingale Principle," a contribution to Cultivating Quality, describes how one hospital used noise reduction strategies to provide patients with a sound night's sleep. Don't miss this interview with the lead author.

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Coming up in the January issue of AJN...

  • CE–Original Research: Perceptions of Employment-Based Discrimination Among Newly Arrived Foreign-Educated Nurses by Patricia Pittman, Catherine Davis, Franklin Shaffer, Carolina-Nicole Herrera, and Cudjoe Bennett. Practical and ethical concerns are raised in this study, which sought to determine whether foreign-educated nurses perceived they were treated equitably in the U.S. workplace.
  • CE: Self-Management of Urinary and Fecal Incontinence by Mary H. Wilde, Donna Z. Bliss, Joanne Booth, Francine M. Cheater, and Cara Tannenbaum. The authors provide strategies that can be incorporated within the framework of self-management to help patients control urinary, fecal, or dual incontinence.
  • Mental Health Matters: Mental Illness and Violence by Donna Sabella. This article describes how nurses can identify and address signs and symptoms of violence in their patients.
  • Emerging Infections: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) by Betsy Todd. How heightened global surveillance efforts made it possible to track the emergence of this new, often deadly infection.
  • Book of the Year Awards 2013. The most valuable texts of the year, as chosen by AJN's panel of judges.
  • Reflections: Bed Bath by Kathleen Hughes. The first day of the rest of my life.
  • Art of Nursing: The Vessel of a Nurse's Voice by Margaret Campbell. A poem.



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