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Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI’s) are the only device related infections which have increased in the last five years. Elimination of symptomatic urinary catheter associated infections seems like an unobtainable goal. We need to change that statistic. National quality and safety initiatives, as well as reimbursement strategies are targeted to focus on reducing CAUTIs. Nursing must lead the change and successfully work with unit teams to adopt the latest evidence. We will go beyond the guidelines to explore new practices and technology that, when integrated into current practice, have shown to reduce or eliminate CAUTI’s. Care practices alone are not enough to sustain change. Being part of a safety culture is critical for success. Be the driver of change and bring the latest evidence to the bedside to ensure positive patient outcomes. View Now
Keeping skin healthy and intact has numerous benefits. But the body's protective barrier needs some protecting of its own, particularly in the frail and elderly. Thin, crepey skin is susceptible to minor tears and infection, and broken skin can easily become a dangerous and care-intensive pressure ulcer. Nowhere is that truer than in the perineal area, especially prone to moisture, heat and friction. How can your facility safeguard residents and help them heal faster when wounds happen? Read More
Tear samples from patients with diabetes show elevated levels of substance P, which are related to early damage to the corneal nerves, which may contribute to the development of corneal ulcers and poor wound healing in patients with diabetes, according to the pilot study by Maria Markoulli, PhD, MOptom, FAAO, and colleagues of University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. They researchers suggest that substance P measurement could be a new and noninvasive test to assess the risk of diabetic neuropathy. Read More
Ficin, an enzyme derived from figs latex, has been found to be active against biofilms formed by Staphylococcus. Dr. Kayumov explains that currently, different enzymes are used for wound treatment, such as trypsin, chymotrypsin, or collagenase-they clear wounds from necrotic masses and fibrin clots. He says, "If you treat wounds with an enzyme or protease, healing accelerates. Together with our Voronezh University colleagues, we decided to try ficin, which has not yet been studied well. Read More