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Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS ) bloodstream infection is the most common cause of sepsis in the NICU and can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. There is evidence that hand hygiene using an alcohol-based gel and wearing gloves during patient care, management of central and peripheral intravenous lines using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) guidelines, and a closed medication administration system can reduce the incidence to CoNS sepsis in the NICU . To successfully apply the evidence and decrease the CoNS infection rate, a systematic process is necessary. One approach to process change that significantly reduced the CoNS infection rate in a health care system with two Level III NICU s included using system thinking; working within a multidisciplinary team; using evidence to revise, develop, and implement policies and procedures; developing staff education programs; and monitoring and providing feedback to all staff members. © 2011 Springer PublishingCompany. Source


Purpose: The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the use of three nursing interventions-occlusive wrap, chemical mattress, and regulation of delivery room temperature- singly and in combination in consecutive years on thermoregulation in six groups of low birth weight infants. Design: A quasi-experimental design was used. Prospective data were collected on 133 infants weighing ,1,500 g. Interventions were tested on different groups of infants in each of three years. The control group comprised 295 infants on which retrospective chart data were available over an earlier three-year period. Sample: Infants weighing ,1,500 g participated in the study. Main Outcome Variable: The main outcome variable was NI CU admission temperatures of infants weighing ,1,500 g. For data analysis, infants were divided into two groups: those weighing ,1,000 g and those weighing between 1,000 and 1,500 g. Results: For each of the three interventions, the percentage having a normal NICU admission temperature in each intervention group exceeded the control group percentage, but the increase was not significant. Use of each intervention-occlusive wrap alone, occlusive wrap in addition to chemical mattress, and occlusive wrap in addition to chemical mattress and increased delivery room temperature-appeared to influence thermoregulation positively. © 2011 Springer PublishingCompany. Source


Patent
NIC Inc | Date: 2013-04-17

A security lock bolt for sealing objects against unauthorized access includes a lock bolt having two bolt locking features that cooperate with two locking features that cooperate with a locking cylinder and transparent cap member secured to the locking cylinder, respectively. The bolt locking feature cooperating with the locking cylinder secures the bolt from unauthorized separation from the locking cylinder and the locking feature that cooperates with the transparent cap is visible to an observer outside the cylinder and locks the bolt against separation from the transparent cap member. The transparent cap locking arrangement provides an indication of full locking of the lock bolt within the locking cylinder. The bolt locking feature associated with the transparent cap member is integrated with an overmolded bolt body casing.


Patent
NIC Inc | Date: 2014-05-13

A rotary security seal assembly is disclosed for sealing container closures, meters, equipment and various other articles. The assembly is configured to reveal surreptitious entry or attempted access into or to a sealed area or article and comprises a housing body and a locking filament. The housing body includes a socket and a housing locking filament receiving bore extending at least in part through the housing body and intersecting the socket. The locking filament has a first end area and a second end area. The first end area of the locking filament is permanently secured to the housing body by hardened molding material forming the housing body. The second end area of the locking filament is dimensioned and configured to be received in and extended at least in part through the housing locking filament receiving bore leaving a continuous locking filament loop outside the housing body when so received.


OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV), the dominant provider of official eGovernment services, today announced net income of $12.8 million and earnings per share of 19 cents on total revenues of $75.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Operating income increased 21 percent to $19.9 million for the current quarter. In the third quarter of 2014, the Company reported net income of $10.4 million and earnings per share of 16 cents on total revenues of $69.5 million. Quarterly portal revenues were $70.1 million, a 7 percent increase over the third quarter of 2014. On a same-state basis, total revenues increased 8 percent, with transaction-based revenues from Interactive Government Services (IGS) up 11 percent over the third quarter of 2014, driven by strong performance of digital government services across several states, including vehicle registrations, vital records, and criminal history searches. Transaction-based revenues from Driver History Records (DHR) were up 7 percent due mainly to a new DHR monitoring service in one state, which became effective in the second quarter of 2015, and a price increase in another state, which became effective in the first quarter of 2015. Same-state portal software development revenues decreased 7 percent in the quarter. NIC’s portal gross profit percentage was 41 percent in the current quarter, up from 40 percent in the third quarter of 2014. Start-up costs from the pilot program with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety totaled $0.3 million during the current quarter. The portal gross profit percentage in the prior year quarter was negatively impacted by start-up dilution from the Company’s Wisconsin portal. Software & services revenues were $4.9 million in the current quarter, up 17 percent from the third quarter of 2014, driven primarily by an increase in transactional revenues from the federal Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP). The Company’s effective tax rate for the current quarter was 36 percent, down from 37 percent in the third quarter of 2014. Results in the current quarter include the recognition of a favorable income tax benefit totaling $0.4 million (approximately 1 cent per share) resulting from the reduction of uncertain tax positions in connection with the expiration of the statute of limitations, the completion of an IRS examination of the Company’s 2012 federal tax return, and other adjustments related to the filing of the Company’s 2014 federal tax return during the third quarter of 2015. “Our business was founded more than 20 years ago on the premise of recurring revenues driven by creating online efficiencies for citizens and businesses,” said Harry Herington, NIC Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. “I am very pleased that once again, the business delivered steady growth during the third quarter through a business model that is as solid as ever.” On November 2, 2015, NIC’s Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of 55 cents per share, payable on January 4, 2016 to stockholders of record on November 13, 2015. The dividend payout will total approximately $36.5 million based on the current number of shares outstanding. “NIC’s financial success has allowed us to again return capital to stockholders with a meaningful special cash dividend,” said Steve Kovzan, NIC Chief Financial Officer. “We and our Board of Directors also recognize the merits of other methods for returning capital to stockholders, and in the future we may consider the initiation of a regular quarterly cash dividend and an opportunistic stock repurchase program.” During the third quarter of 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) signed a new one-year contract with the Company after a competitive re-bid to continue operating the PSP. The agreement also includes two, one-year renewal options the FMCSA can exercise, extending the contract through August 2018. During the fourth quarter, the Company received contract extensions from the states of Texas and Maine. The state of Texas exercised the final renewal option under its master contract taking the agreement through August 2018. The state of Maine renewed its contract through July 2018. On November 5, 2015, the Company will host a call to discuss its 2015 third quarter financial and operational results and to answer questions from the investment community. The call may also include a discussion of Company developments, forward-looking statements and other material information about business and financial matters. To sign in and listen: The Webcast system is available at https://www.egov.com/investor-relations. A replay of the Webcast will be available by visiting https://www.egov.com/investor-relations. Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The Company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” six times, most recently ranked at No. 36 (2014), and the Company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at https://www.egov.com. Any statements included in this release that do not relate to historical or current facts constitute forward-looking statements. These statements include estimates, projections, the expected length of contract terms, statements relating to the Company’s business plans, objectives and expected operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are based. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, including regional or national business, political, economic, competitive, social and market conditions, including various termination rights of ours and our partners, the ability of the Company to renew existing contracts, and to sign contracts with new states and federal government agencies, as well as possible data security incidents. You should not rely on any forward-looking statement as a prediction or guarantee about the future. A detailed discussion of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements is included in the sections titled “Risk Factors” and “Caution About Forward-Looking Statements” of the Company’s most recently filed Forms 10-K and 10-Q. Any forward-looking statements made in this release speak only as of the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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