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How the Opioid Epidemic is Impacting Organ Transplants

The opioid epidemic has been deemed the most critical public health challenge of our time by the American Medical Association. In 2017 opioid overdoses resulted in an estimated 47,600 deaths in the US, which accounted for over two-thirds (68%) of the nation’s total drug overdoses for that year.1Yet, despite the numerous negative consequences this epidemic [...]

By | August 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Cost of Moral Injury

Psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Shay first used the term “moral injury” in 1998 to describe the heavy conscience weighing on war veterans following their involvement in combat.1He discovered that many of his military and veteran patients accounts revolved around the perceived injustices they endured at the hands of the leadership figures who required them to participate [...]

By | August 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Interruptions Impacting E.R. Nurses’ Productivity and Workload

Emergency rooms are one of the most unpredictable settings a health care worker can be in, and often serve as a patient’s front-line of care. At any moment someone could walk through the door with a life threatening emergency requiring rapid decision-making and the full, alert attention of staff. Nurses in emergency departments work with [...]

By | July 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mindfulness-Based Intervention to Decrease Stress and Burnout

Decreasing stress and burnout among nurses is an ongoing issue that has proven to be tremendously difficult to solve. Although many tactics and strategies have been employed by hospital organizations to combat this problem, nurses are continuing to report burnout at an alarming rate nationwide.1If burnout continues to rise at this current rate health care [...]

By | July 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

No Sponges Left Behind

Avoiding retained surgical items should be a united concern among all members of the operating team. Retained surgical items are a completely preventable event that can result in serious implications for all involved parties including the patient, hospital, and medical care providers.   Although the incidence of retained surgical items is relatively low, estimated to [...]

By | July 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2019

The Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) institute publishes an annual list of the top patient safety concerns that necessitate the most attention by hospitals for the specified year. These potential safety issues come from across the continuum of patient care to include hospitals, private practice offices, emergency care, aging services, and home health.1By informing healthcare [...]

By | July 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Safety Recommendations for Manually Lifting Patients

Health care workers consistently have one of the highest rates of musculoskeletal injuries on the job, and nurses are no exception.1,2Nurses regularly have to complete physically demanding tasks in order to fulfill their job responsibilities and care for their patients. Movements related to patient handling such as bending and lifting contribute heavily towards overexertion injuries [...]

By | June 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Hazards of Patient Handling

Being a nurse is a labor-intensive, physically demanding profession. Because of this, nursing is actually one of the career fields where workers are most likely to become injured on the job. The Department of Labor Bureau found that nurses endure over 35,000 musculoskeletal injuries a year that prevent them from being able to work.1News publications [...]

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

Patient Education for Post-Op Wound Management

The patient length of stay following elective inpatient orthopedic surgeries is approximately 4.2 days on average now.1 This means that following surgery the patient or their caregiver are in charge of the majority of their own wound care. Failure to provide patients with adequate information regarding how to properly care for their healing incisions and [...]

By | May 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Precautionary Measures to Prevent the Spread of Infection

Confusion regarding isolation guidelines in the healthcare setting is frequently brought up as an issue among workers. A solid foundation of knowledge regarding the proper precautions to take is imperative to maintaining patient wellbeing. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published a set of recommendations structured to help prevent the transmission of infectious agents [...]

By | May 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments