April 17, 2014

Vanderbilt University hopes to enroll about 400 women in a national study to evaluate the effectiveness of a new model of group prenatal care designed to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies during pregnancy, birth and infancy. Read more...

Redesign of nursing workflow seeing success


In 2008, Vanderbilt nurses participated in a nationwide survey to determine how they spent their time, and it revealed that only 16 percent was spent on direct patient care, while 28 percent was spent on documentation. Read more...

New heart pump allows minimally invasive approach


Sometimes smaller is better. This is especially true of left ventricular assist devices, the mechanically operated heart pumps that are implanted in heart failure patients to bridge them to transplantation. Read more...

Team coordinates care for patients with many needs


When Eddie Dotson arrived at Vanderbilt University Medical Center last September, he weighed 627 pounds and truly embodied the label "morbidly obese." He had so much fluid in his chest it was hard to breathe and his heart, liver and kidneys were failing. Read more...

Pen pal project unites graduate, middle school students


More than 100 sixth graders from Wright Middle School, one of the most economically and geographically diverse schools in Metro Nashville, met the Vanderbilt Graduate School student pen pals with whom they have corresponded for the entire school year and were treated to a tour of Vanderbilt University Medical Center facilities on April 16. Read more...

This week's VUCast features Parkinson's research


See major progress in Parkinson's research; why people are digging for fossils in Nashville and a Johnny Cash connection to Vanderbilt. Read more...