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Strengthening nurses’ role in antibiotic stewardship

By Sharon A. Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C

The recent worldwide outbreak of Candida auris, a multidrug-resistant fungus, underscores the criticality of robust institutional and community- based antibiotic stewardship programs. Improving antibiotic use is a patient safety issue. As frontline healthcare providers, nurses can become more engaged and take a leadership role to enhance a facility’s antibiotic stewardship program. The nurse’s role with patient and family as the hub of communication among all stakeholders in antibiotic delivery puts nurses in a unique and vital position to optimize antibiotic use. Unfortunately, the nurse’s role in stewardship activities often goes unnoticed, even among nurses themselves. Continue reading »

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FDA approves new breast cancer treatment

On Sept. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Verzenio (abemaciclib) to treat adult patients who have hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer that has progressed after endocrine therapy. Continue reading »

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FDA launches new dashboard for adverse events database

On Sept. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a user-friendly dashboard for its adverse event reporting system. The new dashboard enables users to search for and organize data by criteria such as drug/biological product, age of the patient, type of adverse event, year the adverse event occurred, or within a specific timeframe. Continue reading »

FDA approves first continuous glucose monitoring system for adults not requiring blood sample calibration

On September 27, 2017, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, the first continuous glucose monitoring system that can be used by adult patients to make diabetes treatment decisions without calibration using a blood sample from the fingertip (often referred to as a “fingerstick”).

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Caregiver Resources

Nearly 44 million unpaid caregivers form the backbone of the US chronic and long-term care system. These hard working family members provide care to injured veterans, aging adults, children with special needs, and individuals with chronic medical needs.

You may be professional nurse with years of training and practice under your belt, but you’ll need more help than that when caring at home for a loved one. You’re going to need backup, and you can find it here.

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