It Started With an Intake Form: Promoting a Culture of Safety Through Accurate Documentation
During a patients’ initial visit, they’re asked to fill out a screening tool that helps provide a clearer picture as to what their home life is like. This tool addresses important information that helps to dictate our care. Though patients may feel like this is “just another piece of paperwork,” it is crucial to helping us understand their needs and to begin planning for special precautions we many need to take going forward.
February 05, 2016
Top 10 Reasons Why Sunglasses Are More Than Just a Fashion Accessory
Darker lenses do not necessarily provide more protection from harmful ultraviolet rays—consumers need to check the label to be sure the pair blocks 99%–100% of both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B radiation or say “UV absorption up to 400 nm."
July 04, 2014
Stop Medication Errors Before They Happen
I saw something recently that made my alarms go off screaming "Med error! Med error!" I was about to get medication for my patient when a nurse jumped in front of me. I didn't mind; I had enough time and figured that he must be in a hurry. I saw him get medication out for his patient. Then, I saw him get medication out for a second patient.
April 14, 2014
Cancer's Infectious Counterpart
For patients with cancer, it’s hard to believe any health condition could be scarier or deadlier than the tumor cells in their bodies. But infection—whether from compromised immune systems or cancer treatment itself—is a life-threatening safety issue many patients may face.
March 01, 2014
Healthcare safety standards
Joint Commission Toolkit Aims to Decrease Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections
Recent studies show that approximately 41,000 patients in the United States alone develop central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) annually and that CLABSIs are one of the most deadly types of healthcare-associated infections.
November 25, 2013
The Case of the Double-Lumen Dilemma
Danielle has a double-lumen implanted port and is scheduled to receive rituximab for lymphoma. After accessing the lateral septum, the nurse is unable to get a blood return, even though saline flushes easily. Danielle comments that the “outside lumen hasn’t drawn well since it was placed a few months ago, and that the other nurses have been using the inside lumen.” The nurse accesses the inside lumen and is able to get a good blood return. What would you do?
July 16, 2013
ONS and ASCO Release Revised Chemotherapy Safety Standards
In 2011, a workgroup consisting of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and ONS members was convened to review feedback received since publication of the ASCO/ONS Standards for Safe Chemotherapy Administration in 2009 and to clarify the standards as needed. The most significant change is the decision to extend their scope to the inpatient setting. This
February 27, 2012