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Anti-Seizure Drug Bill Rejected by the Board of Registered Nursing

On Wednesday, May 19, Senate Bill 1051, which would give school employees authority to administer Diastat, an anti-seizure medication, to students in an emergency, was opposed by the state Board of Registered Nursing in a 7-1 vote.

The nurses said that only licensed medical personnel should treat students suffering from a seizure, and that the medication, which is administered rectally, could be given to a student by mistake, or by a non-medical professional under duress during a medical emergency when it is not needed.

“It's not about anyone's job or personal opinions," Katherine Ware, a nursing board member, during the meeting at the Hilton hotel in Costa Mesa. "It's about protection of the public, and that's what we keep paramount in our decision-making."

Supporters of the bill argue that speedy administration of the drug to students who are convulsing could help prevent serious brain injury, even death.

Having already passed the Senate’s education and health committees, the bill will now go to the Senate appropriations committee on Monday, May 24. If passed, supporters says it could go into effect by August.

(Sources: CaliforniaHealthline, Orange County Register)


HealthGrades 2010 Patient Safety Excellence Awards Announced

Fifteen California hospitals have been designated a top hospital nationwide with regard to patient safety as part of HealthGrades’s annual studies: Bakersfield Memorial Hospital; Desert Valley Hospital; Eisenhower Medical Center; Garfield Medical Center; Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; Marian Medical Center; Mercy General Hospital; Mercy San Juan Medical Center; Queen of the Valley; St. Elizabeth Community Hospital; St. Johns Hospital Health Center; St. Vincent Medical Center; Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital; Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center; and Sharp Memorial Hospital.

To evaluate hospital patient safety, HealthGrades uses Medicare inpatient data from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database and Patient Safety Indicator software from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to analyze the 12 patient safety indicators (PSI), which are types of preventable hospital complications.

(Source: HealthGrades, www.healthgrades.com)


Valley Presbyterian Hospital Opens New Amputation Prevention Center

Late this spring, Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys had the grand opening of its 4,000-square-foot Amputation Prevention Center, stocked with cutting-edge technology and equipment, including one of California’s only hydroscalpels, 3-D wound cameras, skin oxygen sensors, thermal imaging and an advanced OR suite.

“This Center represents a major advancement in this crucially needed area and brings together some of the very best talent, teamwork and tools in the country,” said Gustavo Valdespino, the hospital’s president and CEO. “There is no doubt that the exemplary expertise and efforts at this Center will greatly improve success rates for limb preservation.”
   

Six California Hospitals Make Thomson Reuters Top 100 List
On March 29, Thomson Reuters released its National Benchmarks study, which quantitatively names the best hospitals overall, with categories determined by the size and teaching status of the facilities.

Six California hospitals made this 2009 list: under large community hospitals was Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills; Montclair Hospital Medical Center in Montclair made the medium community hospital list; small community hospitals included St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff and Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville; UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest in San Diego got a spot under the major teaching hospitals; and Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla was listed among the best teaching hospitals.

A complete list of the study is available at the Thomson Reuters site, www.thomsonreuters.com.   

Beth Duggan is the editor of Working Nurse.  

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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