Study: Hospital ratings for kids a roll of the dice
Reuters Health Share
A key component of children's hospital ratings may be statistically unreliable, fueling concerns over popular rankings used by millions of Americans every year, according to a new study. Researchers found that death rates across hospitals, which carry heavy weight in commercial rankings like the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals, are mostly indistinguishable from a statistical point of view. More
Consider thrombotic microangiopathy in pediatric and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients
The article by Dr. George is of great use to the practicing clinician, not only in the hematology-oncology setting but also in general practice or emergency medicine. Early recognition of malignancy-associated thrombotic microangiopathy is important because it enables clinicians to institute prompt diagnosis and management of these patients and helps prevent the institution and sequelae of risky treatments, such as plasma exchange. More
Navigating cancer: Nurses lead patients through difficult process
The Dispactch Share
Betty Price doesn't remember much about that April morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. She remembers the pain and the way she couldn't stop crying. She remembers sitting next to her husband, Otis Price, and learning that her persistent cough was not pneumonia -- it was lung cancer. Most of all, she remembers how Oncology Nurse Navigator Amanda Mordecai wrapped her arms around her and held her until the sobs ceased. "I went home, and I was at ease," Price recalls, smiling. "I learned everything I know about cancer from Amanda." Mordecai is part of a growing trend: Registered nurses specially trained in cancer care and assigned the task of streamlining every aspect of a patient's cancer experience, from diagnosis to treatment. More
Caitlyn Mortus keeps young cancer patients connected with computers
The Huffington Post Share
Five months of chemotherapy can undoubtedly be a physical and mental challenge for any cancer victim. But when the patient in question is a gregarious, active teen, the thought of missing sports matches and cheerleading practice for an extended period can prove even more dire than the treatments themselves. More
Hundreds of lives, millions of dollars saved by basic infection prevention
Following some basic rules of central line hygiene and maintenance, Johns Hopkins Children's Center and 87 other pediatric hospitals have, over five years, saved hundreds of patient lives and more than $100 million by preventing nearly 3,000 central line bloodstream infections, hospital officials announced. The results mark a pivotal milestone in an ongoing national pediatric quality improvement program launched in 2006 and spearheaded by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. More
Drug shortages endanger patients
Advance for Nurses Share
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified a record number of drug shortages in 2010, and this trend continues to worsen in 2011, particularly with older sterile injectable medications. According to the FDA, unanticipated manufacturing problems are the major culprit behind these shortages. The agency also cites a dearth of raw materials, reformulations, disease outbreaks, unanticipated demand and updated therapeutic guidelines as factors that contribute to drug shortfalls. More
A New Educational Resource from APHON! Biologic and Chemotherapeutic Therapy for the Non-Cancer Pediatric Patient
Debbie Reid, MSN RN CPON® • Joy E. Hesselgrave, MSN RN CPON®
This course is designed to provide participants with the principles of safe handling and administration of chemotherapy and biotherapy agents to non-oncology pediatric patients.
15 Modules, a course exam, speaker evaluation and chemotherapy core competency checklist are also included on the flash drive.
Up to a total of 7.5 nursing contact hours are eligible for continuing education credit through the participant’s continuing education provider system. APHON is not a provider of continuing education accreditation.
ON SALE: Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents with Cancer and Blood Disorders
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Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents
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Christina Baggott, Ph.D., RN, PNP-C, CPON®
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Katherine Patterson Kelly, Ph.D., RN, PCNS-BC, CPON®
The definitive work on supportive care of children and adolescent and young adults with cancer and blood disorders has now been completely updated and expanded. The 4th edition includes 450 pages of expanded hematology/oncology content covering foundations, treatment, supportive care and diseases.
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