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November 3, 2010

Dear Colleague,

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death. Twelve million Americans are diagnosed with COPD and 12 million more Americans may have the disease and remain undiagnosed.

November is National COPD Awareness Month. Take some time to learn more about COPD; remember COPD refers to two diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both are characterized by irreversible airflow obstruction that interferes with normal breathing and gas exchange. Signs and symptoms generally develop over a long period and include:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Cytokines

Patient education series: Chronic bronchitis and emphysema

Coping with COPD CE

Disability in Valued Life Activities Among Individuals With COPD and Other Respiratory Conditions

Activity Monitoring in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Six-Minute Walk Distance in Patients with Severe End-Stage COPD: Association with Survival After Inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Learn more by reading the collection of articles in More Resources. Also be sure to try our latest puzzle about COPD, Breathless.

Don’t miss our next issue on patient safety, plus a new selection of articles and CEs.


Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

Read the latest from our nurses on NursingCenter's In the Round:

Fine tune your knowledge of asthma by exploring Focus On: Asthma - Fall 2010. Review the basics, brush up on available treatments, be ready for emergency situations, get information specific to the pediatric population, and access patient education tools.

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According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 58,240 new cases of kidney cancer were diagnosed in the United States in 2010. Take some time to Get the Facts on Kidney Cancer.
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Colostomy irrigation is a method used to control colostomy output and can help achieve continence in some patients. Read the Positive and Negative Aspects of Colostomy Irrigation: A Patient and WOC Nurse Perspective.
Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
(2.3 contact hours)

Sickle cell disease is a chronic illness in which sickle-shaped red blood cells obstruct blood flow and cause episodes of severe pain. Fine tune your understanding of this chronic illness and learn how to help patients Managing Sickle Cell Disease.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! Share:
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Review our Recommended CE list on cutting down on SSIs, kidney cancer, respectful disposition in early pregnancy loss...


Learn how a change to bedside shift report improved communication and empowered patients on one fast-paced unit by reading Culture Change through Patient Engagement.
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Brush up on sedatives commonly used to calm agitated patients in the ICU and learn how dexmedetomidine works by examining Acute Care Advisor: Patient Agitation and Dexmedetomidine.
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care


The Joint Commission (TJC) highlights the need for improvement in communication, specifically during patient handoffs. Read how one unit changed their method of shift report and what the outcome was in Changing Handoffs: The Shift Is On.
Nursing Management Share:

Browse our Recommended Readings on mobile apps for nurses, tracking the harmfulness of medical errors in health care systems, and more.


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The FDA has approved Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) 75 and 150 mg capsules for prevention of stroke and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation.

The FDA has approved the following new indications:

  • H.P. Acthar gel (repository corticotropin injection) for the treatment of infantile spasms.
  • Botox injection (onabotulinumtoxinA) for the prevention of headaches in adults with chronic migraine.
  • Herceptin (trastuzumab) in combination with cisplatin plus either capecitabine or 5-fluorouracil for treatment of HER2-positive metastatic cancer of the stomach or gastroesophageal junction in patients who have not received prior treatment for metastatic disease.

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