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April 21, 2010

Dear Colleague,

How knowledgeable are you about I.V. therapy? Are you able to answer the following questions?

1. What is the difference between infiltration and extravasation?
2. What is a vesicant medication? Can you name one? What's its antidote?
3. Name 2 nursing interventions for managing an infiltration or extravasation.
4. What factors contribute to thrombus development in and around catheters?
5. How can you prevent precipitate occlusion of an I.V. catheter?
6. What is pinch-off syndrome?

Discover these answers and more by reading the articles in More Resources. Also, don't miss our next issue for National Nurses Week!

I.V. Essentials: Extra! Extra! Preventing Extravasation
SAFETY MONITOR: IV Infusion Alarms: Don't Wait for the Beep
Infiltration and Extravasation: Update on Prevention and Management
I.V. ROUNDS: Managing Vascular Access Device Occlusions, Part 1
I.V. ROUNDS: Managing Vascular Access Device Occlusions, Part 2  
Nursing2009 I.V. Infection Control Survey Report CE

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

Brush up on your knowledge and skills as well as the latest evidence-based practices for prevention and management of pneumonia by exploring our latest collection, Focus On: Pneumonia. Browse our other collections too - RWJF Future of Nursing Initiative, asthma, heart failure, and more.
Register for the free webcast:  Improving Nursing Practice with Information and Technology. Join Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nurse of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Ovid for a webcast that will shed light on how and where nurses are using information in practice today and what uses are on the horizon for tomorrow.

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Browse our Recommended Readings about Lessons to learn from the H1N1 pandemic, managing chronic pain in acute care, and more.


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RAC Audit Series: Case Management & Documentation Essentials
Steps to help you mitigate the threats to your hospital

Which hospitals are at the greatest risk for exposure under the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program? It's frequently the organizations that lack effective case management oversight and/or high-quality supporting documentation. From this series of webcast seminars, you'll gain a clearer understanding of the RAC program and what it means for your hospital, along with recommendations for compliant practices in three key areas: access management; discharge planning and care coordination; and clinical documentation improvement. Click here, or call MedLearn at 800-252-1578.


Need Help with Evidence-Based Practice?

On May 5 at 1 PM EDT, join the "Chat with the Authors" call. It's your chance to get personal consultation from the experts! Dial-in early! U.S. and Canada, dial 1-800-947-5134 (International, dial 001-574-941-6964). When prompted, enter code 121028#.


How do nurses access and use information in practice today? In educational settings? As part of their professional development?

Join Anne Woods, Chief Nurse of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Ovid, for a free webcast on Improving Nursing Practice with Information and Technology on April 29th from 12pm to 1pm Eastern that will summarize the main takeaways from a new, in-depth white paper about how nurses in North American access and use information today and how that may change in the future. Webcast registrants will receive the full white paper, one week before it is available to the general public.

Anne's special guest will be Linda Laskowski-Jones, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CEN, the Vice President of Emergency, Trauma and Aeromedical Services at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware, who will talk about the real-world trends at a hospital that is both highly-committed to technology and has achieved magnet status in nursing.

To register, click here



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We're proud to support the future of healthcare with the annual TYLENOL® Scholarship Program. This year we’re awarding a total of $250,000 to healthcare students who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and academic excellence.

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