Awareness of current research is a big component of staying up to date in nursing and healthcare and providing evidence-based care. Here’s a look at a selection of the latest studies and practice-changing recommendations.
Rotating Night Shifts May Hamper Healthy Aging
JAMA Network Open
Rotating night shift work is associated with a decreased probability of healthy aging among U.S. female nurses. Researchers found that compared with women who never worked rotating night shifts, the odds of achieving healthy aging decreased significantly with increasing duration of night shift work.
Medication Errors Reported Frequently by Home Care Service Nurses
Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
More than 40 percent of fully trained nurses from home care services reported medication errors within a 12-month period. The odds ratio of not making medication-related errors was 1.79 for nurses who had attended medication training within the last two years as opposed to a longer period (frequently versus rarely applied double-check principle [DCP]). No significant associations were seen for years of professional experience, amount of patients per shift, or type of work contract (full versus part-time) with reported medication errors.
Potential Moral Injury Seen in Health Care Workers Similar to Vets
Journal of General Internal Medicine
The potential for moral injury is high among combat veterans and COVID-19 health care workers (HCWs) and is associated with negative mental health outcomes.
Guidelines & Recommendations
Preventing Surgical Site Infection (SSI) After Major Extremity Trauma
In an evidence-based clinical practice guideline published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recommendations are presented for the prevention of surgical site infection (SSI) after major extremity trauma. Fourteen strong and moderate-strength recommendations were developed.
Diagnosis and Management of Barrett Esophagus
In a new American College of Gastroenterology guideline, screening methods have been broadened and guidance has been updated on intervals and techniques of surveillance for patients with Barrett esophagus (BE).
Health Supervision for Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome
All families should receive formal counseling by a clinical geneticist or genetic counselor. At every health supervision visit, and at least annually, several areas should be reviewed, including personal support available to the family; participation in a family-centered medical home; age-specific Down syndrome-related medical and developmental conditions; financial and medical support programs for which the child and family may be eligible; injury and abuse prevention; and nutrition and activity for maintenance of appropriate weight. Guidance is provided for pregnant women who have been given a prenatal diagnosis, as well as age-specific guidance for care of the individual with Down syndrome from birth through infancy, childhood, and adolescence.