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for Healthcare Improvement has developed initiatives to
improve healthcare in the United States. One initiative, the
prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs), consists of
four components: appropriate use of prophylactic antibiotics,
appropriate hair removal, maintenance of perioperative glucose
control, and maintenance of perioperative normothermia.
A preoperative screening
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to treat transient urinary incontinence, which occurs
suddenly, lasts less than 6 months, and results from
reversible causes, can lead to poor outcomes. Learn
methods to assess for and treat urinary incontinence
by reading HOW
TO TRY THIS: Assessment of Transient Urinary Incontinence
in Older Adults.
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American Journal of Nursing
Obesity is thought
to be the most common health concern among children
in the United States. Read more about the associated
health concerns and also financial considerations in
Captive Condition: Childhood Obesity.
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What is the "classic
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definitive treatment for this tumor? Discover these
answers and more in Pheochromocytoma.
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
Infusion pumps are involved in 35 to 60% of the estimated
700,000 adverse drug events occurring each year in the United
States. Update your knowledge of a new generation of I.V.
infusion pumps by reading Intelligent
Ventricular assist devices
are among the highly technological devices used to support
a failing heart. Don't miss this Update
on Ventricular Assist Device Technology.
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you work in home care, you may interact with patients in settings
where tobacco products are used. How can you minimize your
exposure to second-hand smoke? Find out by examining Second-Hand
Smoke Exposure: A CALL TO ACTION.
Home Healthcare Nurse
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New Open Heart
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Read articles on developments in open-heart and critical care
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page. Current topics include: rapid treatment approach to
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Allergic Asthma Resource Center Developed in Partnership
with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America(AAFA)
Despite treatment, many of your patients' asthma symptoms
may not be under control. They may have allergic asthma, the
most common form of asthma, which is triggered by allergens
like pet dander, dust mites or mold. An IgE test is one way
to help determine if your patients' asthma is allergic. AAFA,
as part of their "What's My IgE" educational program,
encourages healthcare professionals and patients to discuss
whether an IgE test is appropriate.
the Allergic Asthma Resource Center Now
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studies have demonstrated the benefits of laughter, such as
effectiveness of pain management
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The Older Adult, Dementia, and Assisted Bathing
and a process customized to address each person’s unique
needs, or a person-centered approach, older adults with dementia
can be spared a negative experience. The video outlines cutting-edge
research and presents best practices in bathing from researchers
and practitioners, as well as guidance from the perspective
of a state regulatory agency on what actually constitutes
compliance with relevant standards of care.
the Webcast! for more details.
pumps were developed to avoid potentially harmful medication
errors. The smart pump is programmed to remember hospital-defined
dosing limits and other clinical advisories and then to apply
those “rules” during pump programming to warn
clinicians about potentially unsafe drug therapy. The important
thing to remember when using this technology is to actually
use it and not bypass any of the predefined rules.
more drug updates.
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