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Thursday, May 17, 2018

We are caring for 735 inpatients and have 3,951 outpatient visits today.

High: 84 Low: 57 Mostly sunny

High: 80 Low: 57 Mostly sunny

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News: In The Loop

Study asks: How well do physicians follow clinical practice guidelines?

A UI-led study measured the response of physicians to updated guidelines, focusing on how frequently physicians used two injections to relieve pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Schneider, Andresen honored with emergency nursing awards

Katie Schneider, MSN, RN, CEN, was honored as the Iowa Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Educator of the Year, and Heather Andresen, BSN, RN, CEN, as the Iowa ENA Rising Star.

April hand hygiene trophies to 3BT, child life, 8JCP, and nursing unit clerk

The top hand hygiene performers for the month of April were:

  • Best performing unit: 3BT (99 percent)
  • Best performing job category: Child life (100 percent)
  • Most improved unit: 8JCP (11 percent increase)
  • Most improved job category: Nursing unit clerk (76 percent increase)

Value-based care is complicating provider revenue cycles

Patient Financial Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics is using analytics to track reimbursement from payers and patients, process claims faster, and reduce and manage denials, HealthData Management reports.


  • Remember to take the Personal Health Assessment on Employee Self Service. It only takes 15 minutes, and you earn an incentive of up to $45.
  • How well are you sleeping? If you are tired more days than not following a fitful night’s sleep, your UI EAP has a free sleep program for you. Contact 319-335-2085 or

Today's tidbit

Using a cell phone while driving, whether hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08. May is National Trauma Awareness Month.

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • Subjects between ages 40 and 70 with Type 2 diabetes are invited to participate in a research study where they undergo vascular function testing following eight weeks of dietary nitrate supplementation. Study requires seven separate visits on weekday mornings. Compensation. Contact 319-335-9808 or

Outside UI Health Care

Lessing named director of the UI Stanley Museum of Art

Lauren Lessing, Mirken Director of Academic and Public Programs at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, has been named director of the UI Stanley Museum of Art, Iowa Now reports.

Coralville arena project breaks ground

Members of the Coralville City Council and economic development groups participated in a groundbreaking for a new events arena to open in 2019 at Coralville’s Iowa River Landing, KCRG reports.

Ebola outbreak in Congo enters ‘new phase’ as it spreads to large city

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Wangata, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, CNN reports. Experts fear a newly confirmed case in a densely populated area will complicate attempts to control the outbreak.

Cherokee Nation lauded for hepatitis C elimination effort

The Cherokee Nation created an aggressive program to test for and treat hepatitis C, and officials say it could serve as a national model in the fight against the disease, The Associated Press reports.

Any doctor on board? US surgeon general gives aid on plane

A person lost consciousness when a plane was on the ground in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, and two nurses on the flight responded, ABC News reports.

We made plastic. We depend on it. Now we’re drowning in it.

Roughly 40 percent of the now more than 448 million tons of plastic produced every year is disposable, but unfortunately, a lot of it is ending up in our oceans, National Geographic reports.

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