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First nursing clinical guidelines for brain tumor patients released

To meet the unique needs of brain tumor patients, the American Brain Tumor Association and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses announce the availability of the first clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of adults with brain tumors.

The Care of the Adult Patient with a Brain Tumor Clinical Practice guideline was released May 12 with an educational webinar to follow. The two organizations will release a further guideline, Care of the Pediatric Patient with a Brain Tumor, in
summer 2014.

Every day, 500 people across the U.S. are diagnosed of with brain tumors, and 4,300 children will be diagnosed with brain tumors this year.

The ABTA and AANN partnered to produce these guidelines to fill a critical gap in brain tumor patient care. As leaders in their fields, the organizations spearheaded the project in order that healthcare professionals have the information necessary to deliver optimal patient care.

“Through these guidelines, nurses in all practice settings have access to the knowledge and tools needed to guide their patients to the best possible outcomes,” ABTA Chief Mission Officer Deneen Hesser, RN, MSHSA, OCN, said in a news release.

Guideline goals

The goal of the guidelines is to help nurses provide consistent and evidence-based care for brain tumor patients and their families from diagnosis throughout the trajectory of the illness. Specific topics include epidemiology; anatomy and physiology; emergent care; diagnosis; such treatments as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy; symptom management; and end-of-life care.

“The information contained in these new guidelines is based on a thorough review of recent studies and literature and includes for nurses especially, new and valuable information and instructions from what they were taught,” guidelines’ co-author and ABTA Senior Advisor Mary Lovely, RN, PhD, CNRN, said in the release.

Lovely said that in addition to monitoring and treatment of the patient, “the brain tumor clinical guidelines provide information on survivorship and how nurses can help patients better manage side effects in order to move toward an optimal quality of life.” Visit to download a copy of the guidelines.

By | 2014-05-15T00:00:00-04:00 May 15th, 2014|Categories: National|0 Comments

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