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Strong suits: CDC's personal protective equipment guidelines get revamp
The CDC issued on Oct. 20 much-anticipated new guidelines for healthcare workers who will be using personal protective equipment when treating patients with the Ebola virus. The revisions - which are similar to those used by Doctors Without Borders - came in response to the news that two nurses became infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8 of the disease at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital...READ MORE »
North Shore-LIJ publishes Ebola preparedness manual to help healthcare workers, governments
North Shore-LIJ Health System published an Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness Manual on Oct. 29 to aid healthcare organizations and local governments across the U.S. The downloadable resource guide - which is available online at http://bit.ly/Ebola-preparedness-manual - covers a range of topics, including emergency management structure, clinical guidelines, policies and procedures, staff education and training,...READ MORE »
Test may predict wound-healing issues after sarcoma removal
A simple test called transcutaneous oximetry might be able to predict which patients are most likely to experience wound-healing complications after surgery to remove a soft tissue sarcoma, according to a new small study. As many as 35% of patients who undergo surgery to remove soft tissue sarcomas experience wound-healing complications because of radiation they receive before surgery. Being able to predict which...READ MORE »
Study estimates persistent pain incidence at 19% of U.S. adults
About 39 million people in the U.S., or 19%, have persistent pain, and the incidence varies according to age and gender, according to a recent study. For the study, researchers at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane defined persistent pain as frequent or constant pain lasting longer than three months. Their research goals were to: · Identify groups at higher risk for persistent pain....READ MORE »
WHO: Ebola vaccine doses could be ready in 2015
At an Oct. 23 World Health Organization meeting, pharmaceutical companies developing Ebola vaccines committed to ramping up production capacity to make millions of doses available in 2015, with several hundred thousand ready before the end of the first half of the year, according to a news release on WHO's website. "Vaccines may have a major impact on further evolution of the epidemic," according to the release....READ MORE »
CVD prevention: Imperative to begin young
Children with a higher body mass index and blood pressure have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, pointing to the need for prevention and education at early ages. Laura L. Hayman, PhD, RN, FAAN, researcher and professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston refers to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology's Oct. 14 online article, "Impact of...READ MORE »
Nurse researchers' impact on cardiac care
Many of the patients for whom Holli DeVon, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, cared as a cardiovascular nurse knew what a heart attack should feel like - or at least they thought they did. "Unfortunately, the classic Hollywood heart attack, with the severe, gripping chest pain, that's not the norm," DeVon said. "Most patients we see in the emergency department have milder symptoms. "But that doesn't mean they don't do harm." When...READ MORE »
Expanding roles for cardiac NPs
When cardiac nurse practitioner Marci Farquhar-Snow, RN, ACNP-BC, started working at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona 14 years ago, she was the only NP in the cardiology inpatient unit. Since then, a remarkable transformation has taken place on the unit. "Now there are 13 of us," Farquhar-Snow said. "Nurse practitioners are working in electrophysiology, cardiothoracic surgery, heart failure, anticoagulation and congenital...READ MORE »
Q & A: Heart disease and women
Jane Nelson Worel, MS, ANP-BC, APNP, FPCNA, FAHA, is passionate about raising awareness of the key role nurses play in cardiovascular risk reduction. She has been a member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association board of directors since 2004 and served as its president in 2009. An adult nurse practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in preventive cardiology, Worel practices at Phases Primary...READ MORE »
Nursing study finds poor health literacy poses risks for pacemaker, defibrillator patients
A study from Columbia University School of Nursing in New York published in an August issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing found that 40% of patients with pacemakers and defibrillators had little to no understanding of information about their cardiac health. "As a nurse practitioner, I use every patient encounter as an opportunity for education," lead author Kathleen Hickey, EdD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, assistant...READ MORE »
Heart Failure Society of America names FSU professor award finalist
A Florida State University researcher was named a finalist for the Heart Failure Society of America's Nursing Research Award for her study identifying predictors of depressive symptoms and poor self-care behaviors in heart failure patients. Lucinda J. Graven, PhD, MSN, ARNP, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing in Tallahassee, investigated the relationships among heart failure symptom severity, social...READ MORE »
North Shore-LIJ Health System becomes specialty network member
The Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute has selected the North Shore-LIJ Health System to serve as its exclusive alliance member in the New York metropolitan area. The unique alliance between the Cleveland clinic and the Manhasset, N.Y.-based health system is aimed at providing cardiac patients in the New York metropolitan area with new and enhanced treatment options and greater access to clinical trials...READ MORE »
Researchers find tissue valves to be safe as mechanical valves over long term
No significant difference in 15-year survival or stroke rates was found in patients between 50 and 69 years of age who had aortic valve replacement with bioprosthetic valves (made primarily with biological tissue) compared with mechanical valves, according to findings published in the Oct. 1 issue of JAMA. The study results show patients in the bioprosthetic valve group had a greater likelihood of reoperation but a...READ MORE »
Organization specializing in heart patients joins ANA as affiliate
The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses has joined the American Nurses Association as an organizational affiliate, bringing the number of ANA partner organizations to 33. AAHFN supports nurses who provide holistic care to people with various heart conditions and diseases. Heart failure nursing care can take place in any inpatient or outpatient setting and addresses the acute or chronic needs of patients and...READ MORE »
Grant funds research to study heart, kidney disease in 9/11 first responders, volunteers
Researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, have received a $1.1 million grant from the World Trade Center Health Program to study the risks of kidney and heart disease among ground zero first responders and volunteers exposed to the toxic dust-cloud created by the disaster 13 years ago, according to a news release. Responders and volunteers were exposed to varying levels of air filled...READ MORE »