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JAMA: Use of anesthesia services for GI endoscopies increased substantially

A study in JAMA found that use of anesthesia services for gastrointestinal endoscopies and colonoscopies “increased substantially” between 2003 and 2009. Anesthesia use was...

Advances in blood transfusion

Ongoing research, development, and vigilance initiatives are designed to make blood components safer and more easily available.
Emergency cardiac drugs: Essential facts for med-surg nurses

Advocating for patients in an era of drug-delivery problems

Learn what steps you can take to help patients avoid drug contamination and cope with drug shortages.

AHRQ releases progress report for BSIs

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released its second report on progress that has been achieved by hospitals taking part in a...

Alaris Pump Module recall

CareFusion has recalled Alaris Pump Module, Models 8100 because of possible dysfunctions that could lead to pump stoppage. Read more.

Blood-borne pathogen exposure injuries

Healthcare workers are exposed to blood-borne pathogens through contaminated needlesticks, sharps injuries, and mucous membrane exposures to infectious blood or body fluids of patients....

Calculating I.V. drip rates with confidence

Do you sometimes have trouble remembering the equation you learned for calculating I.V. drip rates? This article presents a simplified equation that can make calculations quicker and easier - whether the medication order is written for mcg/kg/minute, mcg/minute, or mg/minute.

Calculating I.V. drip rates with confidence

Do you sometimes have trouble remembering the equation you learned for calculating I.V. drip rates? This article presents a simplified equation that can make calculations quicker and easier - whether the medication order is written for mcg/kg/minute, mcg/minute, or mg/minute.

Carotid artery stents: Opening the way to safer stroke prevention

Because of improvements in safety, stents are now the treatment of choice for many patients. Learn about the improvements and your role in patient care.

Central line-associated blood stream infections drop

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of central line-associated blood stream infections decreased by 58% between 2001 and 2009,...
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Central lines: Recognizing, preventing, and troubleshooting complications

Central lines can save lives. But dangerous complications can occur unless caregivers know how to identify, prevent, and solve potential problems.

Central venous catheter dressings put to the test

A nursing team's research findings lead to hospital-wide savings.

Choosing wisely: Resources for selecting sharps safety devices

An essential part of a sharps safety program is selecting appropriate devices, such as safety needles. While no one device, feature, or mechanism of...

Controlling blood glucose in hospital patients

Recent studies shed light on the importance of maximizing glycemic control in inpatients with diabetes.

Discovering and stopping hyperkalemia

Fast, focused assessment and action can stop this dangerous imbalance.

Disposal dilemmas in home health care

Learn the proper way to dispose of sharps and waste pharmaceuticals used in the home.

Do you know the schedule for vaccinating children?

Learn how to promote pediatric immunizations in your practice. Part of ANA's Bringing Immunity to Every Community campaign. this handout stresses the importance of vaccinating children and their caregivers, parents, and siblings.
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Don’t get ‘caught’ in the CAUTI trap

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), the most common healthcare-associated infection, can be deadly.

Drugs and Devices Today

2/11/10 Recall of AEDs On February 3, Cardiac Science Corporation issued a recall for about 12,200 automated external defibrillators because they may fail during a resuscitation...

Engage Introducer recalled

On Aug. 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of 6 French Engage Introducers manufactured between April 27 and June...

Essential elements of a comprehensive sharps injury-prevention program

The steps outlined below can help facilities significantly reduce sharps injuries.

Evidence: The first word in safe I.V. practice

Learn how these nurses changed the procedures for dressing I.V. sites and stabilizing peripheral I.V. lines based on their research.
Exposed to patient’s body fluids

Exposed to patient’s body fluids? Now what?

Learn how to protect yourself by taking the right steps if you are exposed to a patient’s body fluids.

FDA launches new website on safe disposal of ‘sharps’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched a new website for patients and caregivers on the safe disposal of needles and other “sharps”...

FDA orders recall of Baxter infusion pumps

On May 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has ordered Baxter Healthcare Corp. to recall and destroy all of...

FDA, NIOSH, and OSHA ‘strongly encourage’ use of blunt-tip suture needles

On May 30, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Occupational Safety and Health...

Formula for success: Deliver enteral nutrition using best practices

Between 30% and 50% of adults admitted to U.S. hospitals are malnourished. This article explains how to provide nourishment while achieving better outcomes and shorter hospital stays.

Going with the flow of infusion nursing

Thanks partly to the new Medicare and Medicaid hospital reimbursement rules and the trend toward home health care, infusion nurses are in greater demand...

Halting heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

This rare and sometimes hard-to-detect condition can jeopardize your patient's life and limb.

High-alert drugs: Strategies for safe I.V. infusions

About 80% of all deaths from medication errors are caused by some 20 drugs. This article gives you evidence-based strategies for preventing errors with these deadly drugs.

Hospira infusers recalled

On Sept. 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of the Hospira Symbiq One-Channel and Two-Channel Infusers because of the potential...

Hospitals continue to struggle with catheter-related infections

A survey from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) found that half of 2,075 survey respondents say catheter-related bloodstream infections...

I-Flow ON-Q Pump recall

I-Flow has recalled its ON-Q Pump with ONDEMAND Bolus Button because the button may not lock down. Read more.

Infusion pump resource from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has devoted a section of its website to infusion pump safety. It includes a link for reporting an...

Intraperitoneal chemotherapy: Improving the odds for ovarian cancer patients

Patients with ovarian cancer may receive intraperitoneal (IP) chemo­therapy, which delivers chemotherapeutic agents directly into the peritoneal cavity. Drugs given by this route include paclitaxel, carboplatin, and cisplatin.

Letters to the Editor – July 2008

Sacred cows and road runners American Nurse Today is one of the few publications I look forward to receiving, and I read it from cover...

Letters to the Editor – March 2009

Avoiding the dangers of I.V. phenytoin  As an infusion nurse specialist, I’d like to add some information to and clarify some points in “Phenytoin: Keep...

List of Supporting Organizations for Moving the Sharps Safety Agenda Forward in the...

Background: The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center (IHWSC) at the University of Virginia drafted and began circulating the consensus statement on sharps safety in...

MARS®: The new frontier in treating acute liver failure

A type of dialysis, MARS removes toxins and replaces lost liver functions.

Moving the Sharps Safety Agenda Forward: Consensus Statement and Call to Action

Note: This Consensus Statement and Call to Action was drafted by members of the steering committee* for the conference "Tenth Anniversary of the Needlestick...

New needle-free jet injection device offers improvement over similar devices

Researchers at MIT have developed a needle-free injection device to deliver drugs. The device offers greater control than previous devices for regulating delivery volume...

New vial labeling standards released

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has announced new standardized labeling requirements for injectable medication vials. Manufacturers can only put cautionary statements for preventing “imminent life-threatening...

Overcoming obstacles to vaccination

More children are going unvaccinated these days. This article can help reverse this worrisome trend.

PA catheter controversy

Standard of care in the ICU - or object of overuse, abuse, and misuse? The authors explain why they believe PA catheter use may harm more critically ill patients than it helps.

Phenytoin: Keep patients in the range and out of danger

When you administer paternal and enteral phenytoin (Dilantin), make sure your patient stays free from seizures and drug toxicity.
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Practical strategies to prevent surgical sharps injuries

Many facilities still don’t follow sharps safety best practices and continue to underreport needlestick injuries.

Preventing catheter-related bloodstream infections related to I.V. connectors

The author provides an overview of the issue and suggests some solutions.

Preventing urinary tract infections in patients with indwelling catheters

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.

Protect patients from I.V. infiltration

An expert explains best practices for preventing, detecting, and managing this dangerous complication of I.V. therapy.

Protect patients from I.V. infiltration

An expert explains best practices for preventing, detecting, and managing this dangerous complication of I.V. therapy.

Providing optimal care for patients with central catheters

Confused about central catheters? Here’s what you need to know.

Putting the breaks on pulmonary edema

I.V. fluids should help a dehydrated patient, but for one with a history of atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease, they could contribute to pulmonary edema. For Grace Johnson, quick assessment and action staved off a poor outcome.

Recent advances in cardiac diagnostic and surgical procedures

New techniques expand the options for high-risk patients and cause fewer complications than conventional surgery.

Reducing sharps injuries in non-hospital settings

No matter how small the facility or agency, all employers are required to take measures that reduce employees’ exposure risks.
Safe sharps disposal in the home

Safe sharps disposal in the home

Nurses can easily dispose of sharps in the hospital, but it’s not so easy for patients at home. Learn how you can educate patients to keep them safe and the environment healthy.

Study: Disinfecting caps reduce CLABSI rates

Using a disinfection cap (with isopropyl alcohol) on central line catheters significantly reduced central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates, according to a study in...
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Study: Family caregivers provide complex, chronic care

"Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care, " from AARP and United Hospital Fund, found that almost half (46%) of family caregivers perform...

Study: General anesthesia, gender affects ambulatory surgery anxiety

A study in Journal of Advanced Nursing found that anxiety associated with elective, ambulatory surgery was higher in women and in general anesthesia patients....

Study: Peripherally infused amiodarone puts patients at high risk for phlebitis

In a group of 12 patients with 24 peripheral infusions of amiodarone, 67% of patients developed phlebitis, according to a study in Critical Care...

Study: Urinary catheterization high risk for UTI

A review article in December 2012’s Journal of Hospital Infection found that highest population-attributable risk percentage for urinary tract infection (UTI) was associated with...
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Take Note – November 2006

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories “When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet,” said Ann...

The drive to improve syringe safety and labeling

ANA's "Safe Needles Save Lives" campaign strives to improve syringe safety and labeling.

The rules of transfusion: Best practices for blood product administration

Blood transfusions can sustain and save lives. But sometimes they sicken and even kill. Learn how to prevent, detect, and manage blood transfusion reactions.

The rules of transfusion: Best practices for blood product administration

Blood transfusions can sustain and save lives. But sometimes they sicken and even kill. Learn how to prevent, detect, and manage blood transfusion reactions.

To reduce sharps injuries, all of us must create a culture of safety in...

In the 12 years since passage of the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA), much progress has been made to reduce the risk...

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement: New hope for patients with aortic stenosis

This new aortic stenosis treatment avoids the sternotomy, aortot­omy, and cardiopulmonary bypass of traditional valve replacement

Understanding high-frequency oscillatory ventillation

To survive acute lung injury, patients need all the help they can get. High-frequency oscillatory ventillation protects their lungs by maintaining a constant mean airway pressure.

Using catheter techniques to deliver analgesia

Make sure you're up-to-date on how to deliver epidural, intrathecal, interpleural, and perineural analgesia and local anesthesia.

Walk the walk to reduce catheter-related bloodstream 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.

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