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Friday, July 28, 2017

We are caring for 684 inpatients and have 2,512 outpatient visits today.

High: 81 Low: 58 Sunny

High: 79 Low: 58 Sunny

Broadcasts: Need to know

Partial closure of Hospital Parking Ramp 4 begins at 4 p.m.

The east half of Hospital Parking Ramp 4 will be closed for maintenance from 4 p.m. today through 3 a.m. Monday, July 31. The west half of the parking ramp will remain open and accessible via Melrose Avenue. Vehicles not removed from the east half of the parking ramp by 6 p.m today will be towed. Questions? Contact UI Parking and Transportation at or call 319-335-1475.

News: In The Loop

Opioid use before knee surgery linked with painkiller dependence post surgery

A recent study with UI Health Care researchers has found that patients who take opioids prior to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery are 10 times more likely to be on pain medications longer, Live Newspaper reports.

Li receives July 2017 DAISY Award

Congratulations to July 2017 DAISY Award winner Cailing Li, MSN, RN. Li, a staff nurse in 6JCP, was nominated by a fellow nurse who wrote: “This demonstration of humanity and compassion was one of the strongest I have seen as a nurse and was truly inspiring!” Read the full nomination on The Loop.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.

  • Join professional cellist Zoraida Oyola Rebaza from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 30, in the Meditation Room (Level 12) of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Questions? Contact Noelle Andrew, associate director of Spiritual and Interpreting Services, at 319-356-0470.
  • Attend the next “Let’s Talk Patient Safety” forum from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, in the East Room (Elevator D/F, Level 8). The presentation topic is: How Trauma-Informed Care Impacts Patient Safety Part 2. You must have your UI Health Care ID badge to attend. Questions? Contact Neana Clark at or 319-356-4311.
  • Attend an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor course from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resource Center (Elevator C, Level 6). For more information and to register, visit
  • Beginning Sunday, Aug. 20, the UI Mood Disorders Center will offer a support group for people with depression or bipolar disorder. Meetings are free and confidential and will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sundays in Conference Room W278 (Elevator B, Level 1). Questions? Call Amy Grochala or Amanda Miller at 319-384-8470 or visit


  • Kudos to the units and job categories that earned 100 percent hand hygiene adherence for the week of July 16 to 22: 2BT, 7JCP, Level 11 of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, chaplain, dietary, ED tech, lab, medical assistant, nursing student, pharmacy, radiology tech, and social work.
  • Call for abstracts: “Educate. Collaborate. Innovate.” at the 5th annual UI Hospitals and Clinics Quality and Safety Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 26. Share your innovations in quality improvement and patient safety. Abstracts due Monday, Sept. 25. For more information, visit The Loop.
  • The University of Iowa prides itself on being a community in which faculty/staff can build a career and a life. Visit the Work/Life Resources website at for a wide range of information and resources—from relocating to a new community to coping with life events.
  • Nominate one of your outstanding nursing colleagues for a Nursing Recognition Day award, or submit a poster display by Friday, Aug. 4. The recognition event will be Sept. 28 and 29 in the Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Learn more on The Loop or email

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • Children and adolescents in grades 6 to 8 who have a best friend are invited to participate in a study on friendship quality. The study involves a 10- to 15-minute online survey about the friendship. Documentation of standardized assessment scores will be requested. Questions? Contact Staci Fosenburg at 319-382-5797 or

Outside UI Health Care

Road tripping with ‘Scorpy’ and the UI Mobile Museum

Scorpy is on the road, lurking in the back of the UI Mobile Museum, the Iowa City-Press Citizen reports. Scorpy is a plastic model of a 6-foot-long scorpion that was said to be the largest predator in the shallow ocean that covered Iowa 465 million years ago.

10,000 tourists forced to evacuate Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks

Power went out to Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands, both popular vacation destinations, at 4:30 a.m. yesterday after contractors drove a steel post through an underground electrical transmission cable, USA Today reports. The earliest power could be restored is this evening, but it could take as long as a few weeks.

FBI arrests suspect in Utah woman’s death aboard Alaskan cruise ship

A Utah man is suspected of killing his wife aboard an Alaska cruise ship because “she would not stop laughing” at him, NBC News reports. The ship was diverted to Juneau, Alaska, because of the investigation, which the FBI is leading because the death occurred in U.S. waters.

US will have to cut diplomatic staff in Russia

Russia ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff in retaliation for a new round of U.S. sanctions, and said it was seizing two U.S. diplomatic properties, Reuters reports. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the United States had until Sept. 1 to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people.

Doctors using virtual reality breathe new life into the technology

Virtual reality made headlines this week for helping surgeons separate conjoined twins in Minnesota, USA Today reports. Other amazing medical uses for the technology include finding weak spots on viruses, educating pediatric heart patients and their families, and speeding up rehab in stroke victims.

Top-seeded Beckman too much as Regina falls in 2A state semis

Iowa City Regina lost 8-0 to Beckman in yesterday’s Class 2A baseball semifinals, the Press-Citizen reports. Beckman scored seven times over the first three innings.

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