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Hardwiring safety at the point of care

An organizational road map to gait belt use. Safe patient handling training for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurse aides should include the use of transfer aids, lifts, and gait belts. (See Mobility and...

Gait belts 101: A tool for patient and nurse safety

Tips for assessing patient mobility and using gait belts All nurses want to keep their patients safe, but falls and injuries when moving patients are a common problem. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research...
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Forensic nurses make strides toward social justice

Do you want to play a role in antiviolence efforts? Sexual assault. Child abuse. Domestic violence. Current headlines are full of high-profile cases that might have been swept under the rug in the past, such...

Pressure injuries…Prevention across the acute-care continuum

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....
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Splash safety—Protecting your eyes, Part I

Take the time to protect your eyes from pathogens. Takeaways: Nurses sustain the largest percentage of blood and body fluid exposures (BBFE) in acute-care settings in the United States. From 50% to 60% of splashes...