Home Care

Infusion therapy: A model for safe practice in the home setting

Careful patient selection, provider and patient education, and well-planned and delivered patient care are critical to success. Takeaways: Home infusion therapy administration is associated with good outcomes but isn’t without risk as patients require an...

Home care safety

Takeaways: Home care is unique, placing nurses and other healthcare professionals in patients’ homes and personal space, and doesn’t include typical healthcare organization requirements. Home care safety can be divided into three responsibilities: workers’...
aging

A growing population

As the number of people over 65 years old continues to grow in the United States, so too is a movement to provide better age-specific care and truly focus on what older adults say...

Avoiding antipsychotic medication use in nursing home residents with dementia

Nurses are critical to improved resident well-being. Takeaways: Elderly patients using antipsychotic medications are at a 1.6 to 1.7 times increased of risk of death, and antipsychotic medications are associated with significant side effects. Individual...

#MyNurseChat: A nurse’s role in medical aid in dying with Dr. Leah Curtin

Recently, American Nurse launched its first ever #MyNurseChat which focused on the nurse’s role in end-of-life decisions, specifically medical aid in dying. We partnered with Dr. Leah Curtin on this topic as a companion...

New treatment for peanut allergy in children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Aimmune Therapeutics’ Palforzia for children suffering from peanut allergy. Palforzia is intended to help “allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure...

Six ways to prevent medication diversion in home care

An article in HomeCare outlines six strategies for preventing medication diversion in the home. Home and hospice care is an integral part of the US healthcare system, but there can be many risks associated with...