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Ebola webinar reminds attendees to continue to train, prepare
Regardless of whether a hospital or clinic is treating Ebola patients, the recent outbreak offers a chance for healthcare facilities to ensure they are following proper infection control protocols. That was the sentiment among a panel of national healthcare experts who participated in a Dec. 9 webinar hosted by Premier Inc., a Charlotte, N.C.-based healthcare improvement alliance of about 3,400 U.S. hospitals and...READ MORE »
Nurses once again voted most trusted professionals
Once again, nurses have topped the charts in ratings on honesty and ethical standards, according to a Gallup poll. The poll results are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 8-11, with a random sample of 805 adults, ages 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In 2014, 80% of Americans polled said nurses have "very high" or "high" standards of honesty and ethics, compared with...READ MORE »
Physician who survived Ebola received experimental drug treatment
A Ugandan physician, who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, survived after being flown to Germany for aggressive treatment involving a new drug, FX06 - a fibrin-derived peptide under clinical development for vascular leakage, according to an article published Dec. 19 in The Lancet. The 38-year-old physician, who was in charge of an Ebola virus treatment unit in Lakka, Sierra Leone, tested positive for Ebola on Sept....READ MORE »
UHF's Health Rankings report show increase in obesity, physical inactivity
United Health Foundation released its 25th annual report "America's Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities" in December. The report shows rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity, which "threaten Americans' quality of life," according to a news release. The report also shows Americans' progress in several key health metrics in 2014. According to the report, obesity and...READ MORE »
Certification through portfolio for advanced genetics nursing is now available
The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics announced in December the launch of a new certification through portfolio for advanced genetics nursing. This new certification serves to validate advanced genetics nurses' unique knowledge, skills and contributions to patient care delivery, according to a news release. The ANCC certification through portfolio is an...READ MORE »
Transdermal drug shows promise in healing diabetic foot ulcers
A research team at Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine has developed a drug delivered through a skin patch that not only helps foot wounds heal better, but also prevents those wounds from recurring, according to preliminary study results. The team presented their results in October at the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco. Amputations are one of the most serious...READ MORE »
Study finds autism symptoms improve after vitamin D supplementation
A 32-month old boy with autism spectrum disorder showed significant improvement in behavioral problems after treatment with vitamin D3 (cholecaliferol), according to a study published Dec. 15 in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "To our knowledge, this is the first case report of a case with ASD and vitamin D deficiency whose autism symptoms markedly improve after vitamin D...READ MORE »
Nearly 40% of seniors have at least one disability: Census report
Nearly 40% of people ages 65 and older had at least one disability, according to a Dec. 2 U.S. Census Bureau report covering 2008-12. Of those 15.7 million people, two-thirds of them say they had difficulty in walking or climbing, according to a news release. Difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor's office or shopping, was the second-most cited disability, according to the report, followed by...READ MORE »
HHS issues declaration to support Ebola vaccine development
Companies manufacturing three Ebola vaccine candidates were granted a level of immunity Dec. 9 against future legal claims by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via a declaration known as the PREP Act. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to facilitate the development and availability of experimental...READ MORE »
Website developed by UPenn gives nurses access to PTSD information
Nurses now have access to a one-stop site for information about post-traumatic stress disorder to help improve outcomes for veterans with the condition. The PTSD Toolkit for Nurses (http://www.nurseptsdtoolkit.org/) provides an efficient way to learn about the condition and be better able to recognize veterans who are having difficulty transitioning from military service to civilian life, said Nancy Hanrahan, PhD,...READ MORE »
Ethically speaking: Doctor knows best ... maybe
Mrs. Keating is an emaciated 97-year-old white female with dementia who lives with her son and daughter-in-law. According to the son, until recently she needed some assistance with eating but had no swallowing difficulties. In recent weeks, she began choking on food and now has aspiration pneumonia. Her son brought her to the hospital. Once she was admitted to the medical unit a consult was placed for a wound ostomy...READ MORE »
Wound and ostomy care: Research leads to constant nursing innovations
Some of nursing's most avid innovators are wound and ostomy care nurses. Their everyday crusade for better wound healing with reduced pain, complications and emotional effects prompts them to devise new options and research earnestly to promote healing and patient comfort. Janice Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APN, C, MAPWCA, director of the recently inaugurated WOCN program at Rutgers School of Nursing,...READ MORE »
Flexibility, focus key for wound care nurses in rehab settings
Tasked with helping patients maintain or recover their independence, nurses in rehab settings say changes in recent years require they possess more focus, flexibility and education. A speedier turnover, multitasking and caring for more medically complicated patients are some of the biggest challenges rehabilitation nurses say they face. "One of the biggest things I have noticed is that people leave the acute care...READ MORE »
Q & A: An increase in demand
Demand is growing for wound care nurses in a number of settings, from acute care to home health. Phyllis T. Kupsick, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, serves patients through the Stanley Regional Medical Center in Albemarle, N.C., and serves as the president of the Mount Laurel, N.J.-based Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, helping nurses around the world access educational, clinical and research opportunities to...READ MORE »
Best practices can prevent pressure ulcers in perioperative setting
For more than 20 years, Susan Scott, MSN, RN, WOCN, patient safety educator at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, has conducted extensive research examining the incidence of pressure ulcers in surgical patients and how they can be prevented. Now, Scott is working to teach other nurses her findings in the hopes of decreasing the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers directly...READ MORE »