Immune/Lymphatic System

Drugs Today – July 2008

An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Drugs Today – January 2008

A monthly update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals
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Take Note – December 2007

Previous pneumonia vaccination reduces ICU admissions Among adults hospitalized for pneumonia, those who’ve been vaccinated against the disease are less likely than unvaccinated patients to require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). A study...

Infection control for lifts and slings

Your guide to keeping lifts and slings free from infection.

Best practices for seasonal influenza immunization

Seasonal influenza and influenza-related complications are the most frequent causes of death from a vaccine preventable disease in the United States. In 2006, the February 24 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report stated that approximately...

Sepsis signposts: Can you spot them?

Sepsis can show up in any setting. So even if you don't work in a critical care unit, you need to know how to detect it. This article describes warning signs that should arouse your suspicion.
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Take Note – August 2007

Good news for younger women taking estrogen     Estrogen therapy may have cardioprotective effects for women who start taking it in their 50s. A study from the Women’s Health Initiative found these women were significantly less...

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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that healthcare...

The aging face of HIV/AIDS

People older than age 50 account for at least 10% of HIV/AIDS cases in this country. Yet myths about older adults' behavior can blind us to the possibility that an older patient has AIDS. We need to learn more about older adults' sexuality and teach them about risky behaviors.

Precautionary approach guides ANA’s thimerosal policy

ANA's position statement on thimerosol-containing vaccines emphasizes a precautionary approach.

Sepsis: Stopping an insidious killer

How to recognize sepsis in time and use the therapies recommended by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

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Take Note – December 2006

CDC recommends HIV screening for everyone New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening for all patients ages 13 to 64. The screening approach...

Mumps on the rebound

After decades of dormancy, mumps is back and could be making an appearacne soon at a clinic or hospital near you.