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New measures in understanding patients’ treatment burden

A recent study from Mayo Clinic reveals new insights for healthcare providers in understanding patients’ acceptable threshold in withstanding treatment burden. The study examined 2,413 patients with chronic conditions and used a Treatment Burden Questionnaire,...

Hyperbaric oxygen may relieve radiation cystitis symptoms

A recent study published in The Lancet Oncology may reveal a new way to treat patients with radiation cystitis symptoms. The researchers explored the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to relieve radiation cystitis symptoms for...

Nurses’ role in managing pain

ANA offers guidance to help address a national and global epidemic. ON MY WAY INTO WORK at the burn center early in my career, I’d often worry about the pain my patients were going to...
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Pain management: An ethical approach

ANA’s new position statement on pain management offers guidance When a federal law permanently expanded medication-assisted treatment (MAT) prescribing authority to NPs and PAs in October 2018 (with five-year limited authority to CNMs, CNSs, and...

Two sides to the opioid crisis

Anne Fuqua, a former nurse, recently shared her opioid crisis story in the Washington Post. But it’s not the story you might be expecting to hear. Anne isn’t suffering from addiction. Instead, she suffers...
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Guideline for management of chronic pain in persons with HIV

The Infectious Diseases Society of American has released a guideline for managing chronic pain in persons living with HIV. The guideline includes management of chronic pain in special populations of persons living with HIV,...
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What works: How can we make you more comfortable?

One hospital’s journey to improve the patient experience. Takeaways In an effort to improve the state of pain management, nurses in the acute care setting of one hospital developed a plan to supplement traditional pharmacologic treatments...

Managing chronic pain in cancer survivors

Key takeways Patients may experience cancer pain even after their cancer has been adequately treated and is in remission or cured. Proper assessment is key to pain management in cancer survivors.   Cancer survivors, who are...
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Preventing medication errors by empowering patients

Preventable medication errors cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $21 billion annually, according to the National Priorities Partnership and National Quality Forum. This number has risen significantly since the Institute of Medicine published...

FDA approves new spinal cord stimulation system for pain

On May 8, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Senza spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system to help manage chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs. The system can reduce pain...
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Preventing high-alert medication errors in hospital patients

Mistakes involving medications are among the most common healthcare errors. Medication errors lengthen hospital stays, increase inpatient expenses, and lead to more than 7,000 deaths annually in the United States. Each error costs an...

What you should know about first-line pain medications

Safe, effective pain control hinges on a multimodal approach that addresses the cause of pain and uses medications and other interventions that relieve the patient’s specific type of pain. With the multimodal approach, individual...

Dispelling pain myths

Read up on the latest evidence-based best practices in pain management.