July 2011 Vol. 6 No. 7

Environment, health, & safety

With the growing reuse of single-use medical devices, ANA supports improvements in end-of-use product management and research on ethical and safety issues related to these devices.

FDA approves Brilinta for ACSs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Brilinta (ticarelor) for reducing cardiovascular death and heart attack in patients…

FDA approves drug for scorpion sting

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved Anascorp, the first specific treatment for a scorpion sting by Centruroides…

FDA warns against Evital

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to take the emergency birth control medicine labeled as…

From Your ANA President

It’s time for nurses to take their own advice so they can model good health practices. ANA’s “Healthy Nurse” program motivates nurses and offers resources to help them get healthy.

Headlines from the Hill

ANA CEO “stars” with actress Jessica Alba in the fight against toxic chemicals.

Healing the wounds: Quantum nursing V

Quantum nursing demands that nurses honor each person’s
humanity, promote independence and autonomy, and offer the
opportunity for individuals to redefine for themselves who they are and how they choose to live.

Issues up close – Fighting the invisible

MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and newly emerging “superbugs” are penetrating deeper into both healthcare and community settings. We need to use critical-thinking skills and rigorous infection control practices to outsmart these pathogens.

OUR READERS RESPOND

Kudos for Dr. Cipriano   I love Pam Cipriano’s editorials. She cites interesting historical nuggets to enlighten us in the…

References

Communicating with intubated patients: A new approach Happ B, Tuite P, Dobbin K, et al. Communication ability, method, and content…

Smoking and mental illness

The July 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has a thoughtful essay, “Smoking and Mental Illness —…

Spotting trouble after spinal surgery

The rapid response team makes all the right moves when a patient experiences neck swelling and difficulty swallowing after an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

Stroke in pregnancy on the rise

A study published by Stroke found that the number of strokes in pregnant women has risen, especially for those in…

Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest

Until recently, the outlook for patients who remained comatose after cardiac arrest was dire. But therapeutic hypothermia is turning the tide. Learn the facts about this life-saving approach.

Tracheostomy care

Tracheostomy care: An evidence-based guide

To promote positive outcomes in patients with trach tubes, nurses need to stay up-to-date on best practices and develop and maintain the necessary skills.

What you need to know about bipolar disorder

Extreme mood and behavior swings, disrupted lives, reduced life expectancy, obstacles to getting help—these are among the effects
of bipolar disorder. When you understand this condition, you can help enhance your patient’s quality of life. Besides disrupting lives, this illness can reduce life expectancy significantly.

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