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
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
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
September 26, 2017
More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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”).
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.