March 2011 Vol. 6 No. 3

Calculating and interpreting the odds ratio

Researchers use the odds ratio to analyze which of two groups of individuals
is more likely to have an adverse outcome. Find out how to calculate the
odds ratio and interpret its significance

Closing in on the cause of agitation

When an elderly patient becomes confused and agitated, a careful history of recent procedures and medications points clinicians in the right direction.

Crime doesn’t pay

Fraud and abuse account for up to 10% of U.S. healthcare expenditures.
What should you do if you suspect potential healthcare fraud or abuse?

Davol XenMatrix Surgical Graft recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified healthcare professionals that several lots of XenMatrix Surgical Graft have been recalled because…

Environment, health, & safety

Developed by ANA and several other national organizations, the Principles
of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System can help consumers make positive
food decisions.

FDA approves new daily treatment for RLS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Horizant Extended Release Tablets (gabapentin enacarbil) as a daily treatment for moderate-to-severe…
nurse patient careful safety caution

From Your ANA President

A perspective on trauma When nurses think of trauma, what most often comes to mind are patients who enter the…

Headlines from the Hill

The 112th Congress faces critical decisions on issues affecting healthcare
providers and patients. With so much at stake, now is the time to touch base
with your congressional representatives and ask them to support key legislation.

Issues up close

ANA’s House of Delegates recently approved a resolution supporting health
care for all. The author examines the social, economic, and political ramifications of undocumented immigrants’ lack of access to health care.

Joint adventures: The path to total knee replacement

More Americans seem destined for total knee replacement. Learn about the different types of knee replacement surgery and how nurses can improve outcomes for patients who opt for “new” knees.

Managing dysphagia in elderly patients

Multiple factors make the elderly susceptible to dysphagia. The author reviews
multidisciplinary management approaches and offers a checklist of simple nursing actions to promote assessment and management.

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Move up to the role of nurse manager

NURSE MANAGERS at all levels work together to address emerging trends, adopt innovative ideas, and work toward the shared goals…

Negative effects of ARDS linger

Five years after having acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), survivors still had not recovered to normal physical function, and many…

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