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February 23, 2009

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The Institute 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 for risk factors for SSIs is also essential. Assess patients for the following:

Read more on this topic by exploring the articles in NursingCenter’s "More Resources." Also, challenge yourself with our newest puzzle, IHI says prevent SSI.

Don’t miss our next issue about pressure ulcer prevention, plus new articles and CEs.

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Editor

Failure 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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AJN, 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 A Captive Condition: Childhood Obesity.
(2.1 contact hours) Nursing Management

Brush up on your understanding of seizures - the different types, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and how to intervene during one. Don't miss Seizure! What Next?
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Learn to provide comprehensive, holistic, evidence-based care to patients with diabetes. Take some time to explore Management of Type 2 Diabetes: Implications for the Home Healthcare Clinician.
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Home Healthcare Nurse

Review our Recommended CE list on caring for a medical/surgical patient with MS, grief and bereavement care, lymphoma and leukemia...


What is the "classic triad" of pheochromocytoma and what is the only 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 Infusion.
Nursing Management

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.
AACN Advanced Critical Care

If 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

Browse our Recommended Readings about bullying among nurses, better patient surveillance, nurse burnout and stress in the NICU, and more.


New Open Heart Clinical Resource Program
Read articles on developments in open-heart and critical care programs and even earn Free CE when you visit this new resource page. Current topics include: rapid treatment approach to cardiogenic shock (CE), quality of life following elective open-heart surgery, updates on inotropes and vasopressors, ECG challenges, and more.

Visit the Open Heart Clinical Resource page now

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.

Visit the Allergic Asthma Resource Center Now

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Read the articles in the latest Featured Journal online only on NursingCenter. The Featured Journal gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with the kind of coverage and clinical information it has to offer. Get to know our journals. The current Featured Journal is...


Several studies have demonstrated the benefits of laughter, such as the following:

  • Decreased pain
  • Increased effectiveness of pain management
  • Lower stress
  • Improved perceptions of physical health
  • A boost in immunity

Learn how to embrace humor as an intervention by reading STUDENT EXTRA: Lighten Up!


Webcast: A New Look at the Old
The Older Adult, Dementia, and Assisted Bathing
With planning 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.

View the Webcast! for more details.


Smart infusion 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.

See more drug updates.


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