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.
Sit back and get comfortable, this issue is full of tons of great information. You’ll find features on the new hour-1 sepsis bundle, tips on fall prevention in hospitals (with accompanying CNE), and hepatitis C screening and treatment. In addition, we have three special sections: one on medication management, one on technology, and one on nursing excellence (this includes some great nursing innovation that you may be able to translate to your organization or unit). We’re also publishing the last in our wellness series—this one’s on environmental wellness at home, at work, and in your community. Other article topics include: resilience, vascular access device securement, abdominal aortic aneurysm, nurse-patient assignments, and dedicated education units.
Author: Patricia C. Dykes, PhD, RN; Jason Adelman, MD; Lesley Adkison, PhD, RN; Michael Bogaisky, MD; Diane L. Carroll, PhD, RN; Eileen Carter, PhD, RN; Megan Duckworth, BA; Lisa Herlihy, MSN; Ann C. Hurley, DNSc, RN; Srijesa Khasnabish, BA; Susan Kurian, RN; Mary Ellen Lindros, PhD, RN;Kristen F.Marsh, MPA, RN; Thanyanee McNinney, BSN, RN; Virginia Ryan, MSN, RN; Maureen Scanlan, MSN, RN; Linda Spivack, PhD, RN; Alexa Shelley, RN, FNP; Shao Ping Yu, MPH
Engage patients and families in a three-step prevention process to reduce the risk of falls.
Falls occur in approximately 3% of hospitalized patients …
Author: Brandy Wentz, BSN, RN, and Mary Jane Bowles, DNP, RN, CCRN, CNS-BC
Nursing research—a win for nurses and patients.
Mobile handheld devices are being used at more often in healthcare settings.
These devices have the …
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.