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Flu Season is Nothing to Sneeze at
Fall is influenza vaccination season! Our employers, pharmacies, physicians and others are informing healthcare providers and their patients that NOW is the time to be vaccinated against the flu. The most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that over 75% of nurses were vaccinated against influenza. These great vaccination rates are a 200% increase over statistics from just six years ago...
Danger: Anticoagulant Alert
Anticoagulant therapy has always been on the forefront of safety awareness education for nurses. Does your current practice reflect the latest standards in anticoagulant safety? If not, now is the time to update your skills...
Healthcare’s Future is Here: Meet Telemedicine
Welcome to the Information Age – where just about anything you’d need to know is just a keystroke away. Besides storing vast amounts of knowledge in bits and bytes, our digital community has enabled us to expand our ability to communicate -- immediately and globally. It was only a matter of time, then, until the healthcare community would jump on board.
Minimizing Overuse of Common Therapies
The Joint Commission (TJC) and the American Medical Association Convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) advisory panel are recommending a series of specific strategies to reduce five commonly used medical interventions that may not always be necessary. The overuse of antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections (URIs), over-transfusion of red blood cells, over-use of tympanostomy tubes for middle ear effusion...
Neti Pot Can Offer Relief
Healthcare professionals often get questions from patients about the use of neti pot for nasal symptoms. Neti pot is a both a device and a technique used for nasal irrigation (flushing or lavage) of the nasal cavity. Nasal lavage is promoted as an adjunct for the management of allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, the common cold, post-nasal drip and other conditions.
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