Gentle Care in IV Nutrition Therapy: Why It’s Essential

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Every day, tens of thousands of Americans courageously navigate life tethered to intravenous nutrition therapy (IVNT), a critical lifeline to their health and vitality.  These patients, grappling with certain health conditions, depend on this prescribed medical treatment to receive their vital nutrition. Most often, nutrient-rich infusions are delivered through specialized IV catheters placed in their … Read more

What Frontline Nurses Need to Know about Compassion Fatigue

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Frontline nurses may be at higher risk of burnout and compassion fatigue if they have compassionate personalities. Yet, we rely on compassionate personalities to improve patient outcomes, reduce patients’ stress and anxiety, and navigate difficult relationships with patients’ families.  Compassion is actually a health benefit to medical professionals and patients alike.  So, what can be … Read more

Skin Problems with Cancer Treatment

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis is often a life changing event. For many patients with cancer, the focus is understandably on fighting the disease, however many newly diagnosed patients aren’t aware that managing the side effects of cancer treatment can be one of the biggest challenges they face. While cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, … Read more

IV care for Kids: How to Provide Pediatric Friendly IV Care

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When a child has a medical condition that requires IV care, pediatric friendly care is vital to decrease worry, improve patient outcomes, and reduce the stress and fear of caregivers. Pediatric friendly IV care includes the language healthcare workers use to talk to kids about their vascular access treatment, as well as ensuring the highest … Read more

Caring for Post-Operative Wounds with Compassion

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Post-operative wound care starts in the operating room and continues all the way through to how patients manage their incisions at home.  From hospital to home it’s critical patients have the right incision care education and dressings to support the undisturbed healing of their post-operative wounds.  Preventing infections and finding comfort after surgery are both … Read more

What is Bedside Nursing?

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The role of bedside nursing is becoming increasingly important as healthcare systems become more complex and patients require more specialized care.  The importance of bedside nursing cannot be overstated. Bedside nurses directly contribute to better patient outcomes, improved patient satisfaction and increased healthcare efficiency.  The trouble is, not all bedside nurses are equipped with the … Read more

IV Dressing Types: Acrylic vs. Silicone

Despite the prevalence of intravenous (IV) therapy, not enough attention is given to the securement technique and IV dressings used, including the host of complications that can occur all based upon which IV dressing was applied.  Not all IV dressings are made equal, and the choice of dressing, including factors such as acrylic vs. silicone, … Read more

How Frontline Nurses can Advocate for Patient Safety

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Bedside nursing not only involves delivering care like taking vital signs, running IV-lines and administering medications, it also involves becoming a patient advocate – speaking up for the unique needs and safety of your patients.  However, while patient advocacy has been embraced by many organizations and healthcare teams, it’s often limited in practice.  There are … Read more

How to Prevent Bloodstream Infections that Lead to Sepsis

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Healthcare-associated bloodstream infections, if not identified and treated quickly enough, can lead to the development of sepsis: a serious complication of infection. Sepsis is a life-threatening response to infection that results in the death of at least 350,000 adults in America each year and 2.9 million children around the world.   In fact, sepsis is the … Read more

Incision Care: Caring for postoperative incisions to avoid surgical site infections (SSIs)

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After a surgery, many patients think the hard part is over – but caring for postoperative incisions can become more stressful than the surgery itself due to the risk of infection in the surgical site. Although surgical site infections (SSIs) are preventable, they are the leading cause of readmission to hospitals after surgery, and at … Read more