home care

A troubled life, a difficult death

Editor’s note: National Homelessness Awareness Week is November 10-18. Like many of our homeless patients, “Sarah” was a bundle of contradictions. She came from money, got a good…

Anticholinergics: Adverse effects

Anticholinergics, widely used in clinical practice for an extensive range of diseases, exert effects on circulation, respiration, alertness, and vision by blocking the action of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter)…

Call for abstracts for home care conference

The second annual International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference, Sept. 23-26 in Singapore, has released a call for abstracts. Deadline is April 1. Read more.

Call for abstracts for new home care conference

International Home Care Nurses Organization’s inaugural conference, “The Future of Health Care Is at Home,” will be June 25-28, 2013 in Cleveland. Learn more and submit abstracts.

Geriatric medication reconciliation in the home setting

A patient-centered approach can improve outcomes. Takeaways: Medication reconciliation discrepancies are common among older patients. Accurate medication reconciliation can help preserve a patient’s functionality. Strategies for improving medication…

Getting shots in arms

Stay current with vaccinations. Viral respiratory illness season has arrived. Many people may be behind with their annual and routine vaccinations. What can nurses do for patients, families,…

Home care safety

Home care is unique, placing nurses and other healthcare professionals in patients’ homes and personal space, and doesn’t include typical healthcare organization requirements.

Improving hypertension using virtual modalities

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG), military com­bat exposure can increase the risk for hypertension (HTN) in veterans.

International home care conference

The Second International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference: Person-centred care in home-based nursing-service models, nursing roles and competencies will be held Sept. 23-26, 2014 in Singapore. Read more.

Project ECHO and the geriatric healthcare workforce

Project ECHO is a collaborative learning model that connects rural clinicians with an interprofessional team of specialists via videoconferencing. The American Nurses Association reports that many factors influence…
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…

Seasonal flu: 2023-24

In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adopted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ influenza vaccination recommendations for the 2023–2024 flu season This content is…

Sepsis beyond the hospital

Nurses are on the frontline of preventing sepsis in the community. Takeaways  Nurses who work in community settings play a significant role in sepsis education and public awareness. …

Skin failure: A historical perspective

Kennedy terminal ulcer. Kennedy lesion. Skin failure. Skin changes at life’s end. Terminal ulcers. Trombley-Brennan terminal tissue injury. End-stage skin. Skin changes associated with dying. Decubitus ominosus. Unavoidable…

The nurse’s role in advance care planning

Have you ever watched a family struggle over healthcare decisions for a loved one? Nurses witness heartbreaking scenarios when patients can’t make their own choices at the end…

Vancomycin flushing syndrome

Shantae Demano*, a 62-year-old woman with a history of recent total left knee surgery, is admitted to the ICU with sepsis and an infection of the knee, which…

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