Clinical Topics

The World Health Organization aims to reduce mortality of cervical cancer

In a recent study, the World Health Organization (WHO) describes a study which aims to eliminate cervical cancer “as a public health problem.” This goal is planned to be achieved through the WHO’s Cervical Cancer...

Wound dehiscence

Detect and report warning signs to save lives. Takeaways: Dehiscence of abdominal surgical wounds is a medical emergency and requires immediate action to reduce further complications. Knowing who is at risk and the early signs...

Leading the way to professional well-being

Report provides a road map for change. Takeaways: A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that between 35% and 54% of U.S. nurses and providers, across all clinical disciplines...

Caring counts

Preventing suicide among nurses. Deaths by suicide affect people of every profession but are especially relevant for nurses, who frequently take care of others at the risk of their own physical and mental health. In...

ECRI Institute launches digital resource for coronavirus

The ECRI Institute recently launched its Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness Center for healthcare providers and hospitals to learn how to protect themselves and their patients. The Center includes guidance on infection prevention and control, checklists, equipment...

Strangulation: A silent but deadly form of intimate partner violence

Awareness and assessment are keys to getting victims the help they need. Takeaways: The effects of strangulation can be delayed. Nonfatal strangulation victims are at increased risk for homicide after the first incident. Accurate assessment...

Social Media as a Format for Nursing Activism

Nurses tell your stories! We have a unique perspective, an uncanny ability to simultaneously view the world through both a magnifying glass and a wide-angle lens. This belief is what prompted me to start...

Summary of updates to guidelines for managing severe TBI in children

The American Journal of Critical Care has published an article that highlights the most important updates featured in the third edition of the guidelines for the management of pediatric severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Read...

Preventing hospital-acquired pneumonia

Implementing a fundamental nursing skills bundle can reduce risk. Takeaways: Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) is a serious complication of an acute care admission, particularly for patients noted to be at risk. HAP can be reduced when...

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...

Cybersecurity awareness

How to protect yourself, your coworkers, and your patients. Takeaways: Healthcare data breaches reached record levels in April 2019, with 44 attacks affecting nearly 687,000 people. Security breaches can lead to serious consequences, including complete...

Ultrasound-guided I.V. catheter insertion

Standardized protocols and education can improve patient safety, reduce costs, and enhance nursing practice. Takeaways: Achieving peripheral I.V. access can be difficult, even for experienced clinicians. Approximately 90% of hospitalized patients require some form of...

Top heart health apps for nurses

To acknowledge American Heart Month, American Nurse would like to highlight some of the best heart health apps, including some providers can use in their practices: Pulsepoint Pulsepoint “enables citizen superheroes” by providing a network for...