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Improving pain care for combat injured soldiers and veterans

By Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN Advances in battlefield trauma management have significantly improved survival among military personnel injured in the current Afghanistan and...

Special Report – War on Pain

Nursing Strategies to Improve Pain Care in Veterans and Military Personnel

Gorillas, restraints, and moral blind spots

Leah Curtin discusses a restraint situation.

Propoxyphene taken off market

Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which makes Darvon and Darvocet, the brand versions of the prescription pain medication propoxyphene, has agreed to withdraw the medication from...

Some fentanyl transdermal patches recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Actavis Inc. has recalled 18 lots of Fentanyl Transdermal System 25 mcg/hour C-II patches from wholesale...

Should codeine be phased out?

An editorial in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association, raises concerns about a genetic variation and adverse effects from codeine and suggests...

Managing chronic pain in the elderly

Chronic pain has widespread effects on older adults. This article describes how to help patients manage it.

Hospira widens recall of Liposyn and propofol

Hospira has widened its March 31 recall of Liposyn and propofol to include more lots. The recall was issued because some containers may contain...

CRNAs provide cost-effective anesthesia delivery

According to a study by The Lewin Group, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) acting independently to deliver anesthesia is more cost effective than...

FDA announces July 22-23 meeting to discuss extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a joint meeting of the Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and...

Pregestational diabetes associated with congenital anomalies

Pregestational diabetes is associated with congenital anomalies, but obesity alone is not, according to a study in the Obstetrics and Gynecology. However, obesity predisposes...

Caring for a homeless adult with a chronic disease

For homeless people, chronic illnesses can be hard to manage. Here’s what you should know about assessing these patients and developing a practical discharge plan.

Reiki: Ancent healing art for today’s new healthcare vision

Perhaps you’ve heard of a complementary therapy called Reiki, or maybe you’ve experienced it yourself. Reiki is one of the fastest-growing energy healing practices,...

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