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Preventing High-Alert Medication Errors in Hospital Patients

When a person is admitted to the hospital due to a disease, illness, or injury there is a reasonable expectation that if medication is needed it will be appropriate for the individual’s specific condition and prescribed at a safe dosage. However, mistakes involving medications are among one of the most common healthcare errors resulting in [...]

By | June 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Childhood Sexual Abuse- What You Need to Know

As any criminal attorney knows, the stakes are high when evaluating cases that involve childhood sexual abuse. The review and analysis then needs to be done by an experienced forensic nurse (as in Integrity Legal Nurse Consulting PDX) to ensure that your client has the best chance in representation for their alleged crime.   This [...]

By | May 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Using Artificial Intelligence to fight COVID-19.

The novel corona virus, also known as COVID-19, has spread rapidly throughout the world. Thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases occur daily, and thousands have died. Pharmaceutical companies and laboratories around the world are working tirelessly to develop medication and vaccines to help flatten the curve of this invasive pandemic. As the number of cases continues [...]

By | April 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are Women with a History of Migraines at Higher Risk of Stroke?

According to the American Heart Association, women are more likely to have a stroke, and experience declining health or die following a stroke, when compared to men (Willis, 2020). A recent study by Tietjen and Maly (2020) has linked a history of migraines with aura to a higher incidence of ischemic stroke. An aura is [...]

By | April 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Increased Risk of Suicide in Nurses

Nurses go to work and are exposed to human tragedy on a daily basis. On any given day, a nurse will see patients who are diagnosed with serious and/or terminal illnesses, death, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and more. A nurse is there to comfort those facing horrible news and terrible losses. The nurse [...]

By | March 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Human Trafficking: Nurses at the Front Line

It has been over 150 years since the thirteenth amendment abolished slavery; unfortunately, the concept is still alive today. The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose (including forced labor or sexual exploitation) (UNODC, 2020). Human trafficking is a [...]

By | February 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Importance of Documentation

When working in healthcare, the main goal is to take care of people and provide them with exceptional, evidence-based care. Healthcare takes a multidisciplinary approach, and they all share one thing in common: the need for thorough and appropriate documentation.  It is rare to find a healthcare provider who will admit to enjoying documentation and [...]

By | February 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GERMS Outside the Home: How to Stay Safe

Part Two of a Two Part Series In Part One, some disturbing information was revealed about the presence of germs in your residence. While it is impossible to completely rid your home of germs, there are ways to decrease the spread of organisms and maintain a healthy household. During flu season, and now with the [...]

By | February 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GERMS in Your Safe Space: Your Home.

Part One of a Two Part Series Germs have been all over the news. We are in the middle of flu season, and now the media has been broadcasting the potential spread of a new global crisis: The Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Thank goodness you are safe from germs in your own home… Or are you? [...]

By | January 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Overprescibing Antibiotics: Patient Satisfaction Vs. Medical Necessity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019a), “2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result.”  Antibiotic resistance continues to be a serious issue, and the general population does not seem to fully grasp the seriousness of this evolving issue. There are [...]

By | December 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments