Physician groups redefine 'term pregnancy'   10/23/2013
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine last night published a joint opinion replacing the general label “term pregnancy” with specific definitions for “early,” “full,” “late” and “post-term” delivery. Under the new nomenclature, deliveries after 39 weeks and before 41 weeks of gestation are considered full term. Previously, babies born between 37 and 42 weeks of gestation were considered full term. “This terminology change makes it clear to both patients and doctors that newborn outcomes are not uniform even after 37 weeks,” said Jeffrey Ecker, M.D., chair of ACOG’s Committee on Obstetric Practice. “Each week of gestation up to 39 weeks is important for a fetus to fully develop before delivery and have a healthy start.” The AHA Board of Trustees last year adopted a formal position supporting policies to eliminate non-medically necessary deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation, which research has shown can increase health complications for babies.
HHS awards grants for Hurricane Sandy recovery research   10/23/2013
The Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded $5 million for research to support long-term recovery from last year’s Hurricane Sandy, and said another $3.6 million will be available to support additional research and resources. “We anticipate that the findings not only will help community leaders make evidence-based decisions about recovery plans and policies in affected areas but also that the knowledge gained can improve resilience across the entire country,” said Nicole Lurie, M.D., HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. Among other goals, the research will assess the hurricane’s impact on health systems and how to strengthen health system preparedness. Grants went to the American College of Emergency Physicians ($444,000); Columbia University ($872,000); New York University School of Medicine ($752,000); RAND Corp. ($657,000); Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine ($681,000); University of Delaware, Newark ($574,000); University of Maryland, Baltimore ($417,000); and University of Pittsburgh ($576,000).
Reminder: AHA to co-host webinar on organ donation excellence   10/23/2013
AHA, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will sponsor a free Oct. 28 webinar for hospital executives on “Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Donation Excellence through Leadership.” Among other speakers, AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock and ACHE President and CEO Deborah Bowen will discuss how hospitals, the AHA and state hospital associations “can work together to save lives.” For more information and to register for the webinar, from 4-5 p.m. Eastern Time, click here.