Throughout acute care—from the emergency department to the operating room and the critical-care unit—protecting patients’ skin from pressure injuries (PIs) can sometimes be low on the priority list when faced with immediate life-threatening situations. However, PIs can become life-threatening and most are avoidable when excellent assessment, physical care, multidisciplinary teamwork, and technology are used to ensure adequate perfusion. In this special supplement to American Nurse Today, you’ll find best practices related to specific acute-care environments and insight into clinical solutions such as support surfaces, technology, and collaborative care. You’ll also want to read the case studies from nurses who have developed and implemented PI prevention strategies in their acute-care settings.
This issue of American Nurse Today features an article on adolescent nonsuicidal self-injury. Did you know that the prevalence for this coping behavior is 18%? Young people self-injure as a way to deal with the feelings of frustration, helplessness, and anger that accompany all of the stress they experience at home, in school, and other social environments. Using the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) method, nurses can help identify and support patients they suspect may be self-injuring. Read this article to learn more about how you can help your young patients. Other topics covered this month include venous thromboembolism (for CNE), hypoglycemia, and the use of nutrition and activity tracking apps for adolescent weight loss.
Author: By Susan Trossman, RN
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Embarking on the path to continuing your education, whether you’re a recently licensed RN or a highly skilled professional with years of experience, begins with the questions you ask yourself.
These are questions only you can answer for yourself, but this year’s American Nurse Today 2017/2018 Education Guide, provides you with facts, figures, other nurses’ experiences, and tons of other resources to help you in your journey.