August Issue Highlights: TB Screening, The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, Antibiotic Stewardship, More
The August issue of AJN is now live. Here are some articles we’d like to bring to your attention.
CE Feature: Tuberculosis: A New Screening Recommendation and an Expanded Approach to Elimination in the United States
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued a new recommendation statement on latent tuberculosis infection testing that expands nurses’ opportunities to identify at-risk populations for tuberculosis prevention. This article provides a general overview of tuberculosis transmission, pathogenesis, and epidemiology; presents preventive care recommendations for targeted testing among high-risk groups; and discusses the USPSTF recommendation’s applicability to public health and primary care practice in the United States.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a program developed by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund to promote breastfeeding in hospitals and birthing facilities worldwide. Since the program was launched in 1991, breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity have increased globally, a trend largely attributed to changes in hospital policies and practices brought about by the BFHI. This article provides an overview of these practices and policies, the institutional benefits of achieving BFHI certification, and the process through which health care facilities can do so.