October 2014 Vol. 9 No. 10

Breast cancer care gets personal

Learning objectives 1. State how breast cancer is diagnosed and evaluated. 2. Identify the implications of genetics for patients with breast cancer. 3. Discuss targeted therapy for breast…

CDC provides enterovirus D68 information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated a section of its website to the nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.…

Ebola resources from ANA

Access ebola information from the American Nurses Association (ANA) http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/WorkplaceSafety/Healthy-Work-Environment/DPR/Ebola-Information.html.

FDA approves new labeling for Embeda ER capsules

On Oct. 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved new labeling for Embeda (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride) extended-release (ER) capsules, an opioid analgesic to treat…

FDA approves two drugs for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

On Oct. 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Ofev (nintedanib) http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm418994.htm and Esbriet (pirfenidone) for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Read more about nintedanib…

ICU Diary: The Gift of Care™

As an ICU nurse you’ve probably encountered the critically ill patient who is experiencing hallucinations, delusions, and confusion. Healthcare providers are learning just how detrimental this state of…

Intervention reduces ‘mean girl’ bullying

Researchers have developed and tested an intervention that effectively decreases relational aggression (“mean girl” bullying) among teen girls. The intervention, Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports…

Quiz Time

A direct-care nurse can help manage clinical variability by: a. mixing different types of patients in the same unit. b. assigning nurses patients with dissimilar diagnoses. c. mixing…

Science: A universal source of ethics?

“It really doesn’t matter whether you are Muslim or Christian or Jew. In every religion, in every country, in every region at every time, there are some basic…

Staggering number of alarms identified

A study in PLOS ONE found more than 2.5 million patient monitoring alarms in one month in one hospital. Many were caused by a complex interplay of inappropriate…
Assessing your patient’s oral health

The mouth in the mirror: Assessing your patient’s oral health

Approximately half of American adults have periodontal disease—a chronic inflammatory disease affecting gum tissue and supporting teeth. Longstanding untreated periodontal infections are linked to overall health issues. Especially…
The rewarding role of clinical documentation specialist

The rewarding role of clinical documentation specialist

Many organizations now have clinical documentation improvement programs (CDIs) designed to help an organization accurately reflect the quality of patient care, illustrate healthcare services, and make precise reports…

When asthma escalates to an emergency

In asthma, airway inflammation leads to airway obstruction, which may be chronic or arise as an acute symptom exacerbation. Asthma signs and symptoms range from mild to severe…

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