Musculoskeletal / Orthopedics

August 2015 Vol. 10 No. 8

Author: Sally Pearson DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ONC

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects 27 million Americans and is one the most common causes of disability. It negatively affects the quality of life for many, but often patients don’t discuss symptoms with their healthcare providers until it has progressed to severe pain or disability.

Clinicians may have limited time to . . .

September 2014 Vol. 9 No. 9

Author: Laura Mcilvoy, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNRN

Nina Robbins, age 36, is admitted to the medical unit with pyelonephritis. She states she has had a fever above 102° F, back pain, vomiting, and painful urination for the last 24 hours. Her urinalysis reveals bacteria. Admitting vital signs are blood pressure (BP) 140/82 mm Hg, heart rate . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

Handgrip strength corresponds to other markers of aging such as people’s future mortality, disability, cognitive decline and ability to recover from hospital, according to a study in PLOS ONE. Read more and read the study abstract . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

A team approach reduces rates of major complications for complex spinal reconstructive surgery by two thirds, according to a report in Spine Deformity. The three main features are: two spine surgeons in the OR, a live preoperative screening conference, and monitoring bleeding during the operation. Read more . . .

December 2013 Vol. 8 No. 12

Author: Nancy Duffy, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE, and Shannon Bright Smith, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CGRN

A study published in Osteoporosis International reports that older men who have low levels of vitamin B12 have a higher risk of fractures. Read more . . .

October 2013 Vol. 8 No. 10

Author: Nanette Yragui, PhD; Barbara Silverstein, MSN, RN, PhD, MPH; and Whitney Johnson, MPH

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is less costly and more effective than rehabilitation, according to a cost-utility analysis published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Long-term cost savings were $50,417 per patient. Read more . . .

Author: Deborah L. Krueger, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNRN, CHTP

Infection Control and Epidemiology has published “Updated US Public Health Service guidelines for the management of occupational exposures to human immunodeficiency virus and recommendations for postexposure prophylaxis.” Access a summary of the recommendations . . .

April 2013 Vol. 8 No. 4

Author: Sheyla Desir MSN, RN, CMSRN; Roseanne Fairchild PhD, RN, CNE, NE-BC

On April 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled ShapeMatch Cutting Guides, used in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) instrumentation. Read more . . .