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Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

We are caring for 627 inpatients and have 3,779 outpatient visits today.

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Broadcasts: Need to know

Candidate for chief nursing executive presents today

Beena S. Peters, DNP, RN, FACHE, FABC, a candidate for the position of chief nursing executive for UI Hospitals and Clinics, will present, “The Future of Nursing for the 21st Century,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in Ziffren Conference Room (Elevator H, Level 1). The Clasen Board Room will serve as an overflow room where it will be live streamed, located across the hall from Ziffren in Hospital Administration.

Epic: What’s new

Due to the holiday, no Epic changes are being implemented, so there is no Epic Status Report for Tuesday, Nov. 21.

News: In The Loop

UI neuroscientist Tranel named AAAS Fellow

UI faculty member Daniel Tranel, PhD, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

UI part of NIH Phase 2 trial of universal flu vaccine

The UI is one of four clinical trial sites part of a new Phase 2 clinical trial testing a universal flu vaccine, Street Insider reports.

No pain, all gain: Wong speaks in Israel

While speaking in Israel, leading UI obstetric anesthesiologist Cynthia Wong, MD, said there will be a growing shortage of specialists giving anesthesia due to aging populations, The Jerusalem Post reports

Maintaining good hand hygiene in hospitals remains a crucial tool for reducing microbial infection, says Dan Diekema, MD, MS, the Otago Daily Times reports. Diekema was the keynote speaker at the Australasian Society of Infectious Disease conference in New Zealand.

Events: Join us

See more UI Health Care events on The Loop.

  • Frontiers in Pediatric Research seminar: noon to 1 p.m. today in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Zachary Sellers, MD, PhD, of Stanford University, will present, “Advancing Cystic Fibrosis Gastrointestinal Care in the Lab and the Clinic.”
  • Project Art presents the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Co. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in Nick’s Theater (Level 1) at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
  • Do some holiday shopping at Kaleidoscope Gift Shop and Safety Store (Level 1) at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital during a staff open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28. Spend $100 and receive a $20 Volunteer Services gift card. Register to win prizes. Questions? Call 319-356-3543.
  • Open forum on the UI 2020 Initiative: 11 to 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Medical Alumni Auditorium (Elevator BE, Level 3). Visit

Today’s tidbit

This week’s “It’s Possible” Epic 60-second video tip brings you QuickActions: Sending Staff Messages. Find more “It’s Possible” (efficiency tips) on the Epic A–Z page.


  • Employees working this Thursday are invited to a free Thanksgiving meal:10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fountain Dining Room (Elevator C, Level 1) or 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. in the Marketplace (Elevator C, Level 1). You must present your ID badge.
  • Do you have a trophy-worthy beard or mustache? You just might! Participate in BeardUp! this November to raise awareness for the UI Men’s Health program. For details, visit The Loop.

Outside UI Health Care

Average cost for Thanksgiving meal for 10: $49.12

The average cost for a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people is less than $50, a 75-cent decrease from the 2016 average cost, The Gazette reports.

Drug 10,000 times more powerful than morphine arrives in Iowa

Polk County health officials are warning Iowans about carfentanil, a new synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine, KCRG reports.

Want to live longer? Get a dog

For people living alone, owning a dog can decrease their risk of death by 33 percent and their risk of cardiovascular-related death by 36 percent, CNN reports.

Bad weather hampers search for missing Argentine submarine

Stormy conditions off the coast of Patagonia are hampering efforts to locate a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members, NPR reports. Communications with the ARA San Juan were lost on Wednesday.

Iowa City West loses to Dowling Catholic in Class 4A title game

Despite a strong second half, four turnovers ultimately sealed the Iowa City West Trojans’ fate in a 35-21 loss to Dowling Catholic in the Class 4A high school football state title game at the UNI-Dome, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports.

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