Don’t miss the second in a four-part series on clinical trials written by nurses from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, which covers phases of clinical trials, informed consent, ethics, and more.
Many experts think a flu pandemic (perhaps the swine flu) is inevitable, underscoring the need for all healthcare workers
to learn how to use respirators properly.
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.
Two common conditions caused by hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 people and ramped up health care costs by $8.1 billion in 2006 alone, according to a study released Feb. 22 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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.
Medicare has reduced its reimbursement for hospital-acquired conditions. Will some hospitals try to offset the shortfall by slashing nurse staffing?
One of The Joint Commission’s 2012 National Patient Safety Goals is preventing urinary tract infections caused by
catheters. The author reviews best practices that will help nurses meet that goal.
The author’s study found that when implemented together as a bundle,
three autonomous nursing interventions can dramatically lower ventilatorassociated
pneumonia rates in mechanically ventilated patients.
Infections related to urinary catheters are the most common type of healthcare-acquired infection. The author describes his pilot study of an evidence-based intervention to reduce these infections.
Nearly half of ICU patients have central venous catheters, putting them at risk for deadly bloodstream infections. Learn about proven methods for preventing these infections – and about ineffective practices we should abandon.