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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
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing instructor Tracie White, MSN, has embarked on a study using telehealth to improve quality of life for patients who require an ostomy after surgery for certain disease processes. An ostomy is a surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of wastes often necessary following procedures for conditions such as colorectal cancer, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Patients often experience complications with their ostomy, compounding the physical pain, uncertainty and mental anguish already associated with their primary diagnosis. Read More
Although therapeutic ultrasound has been in existence since the 1930s, questions remain as to its effectiveness in promoting tissue healing in various injured tissues. Limited evidence exists to support a role for therapeutic ultrasound in closed, soft tissue lesions. However, an evolving literature provides support for the role of therapeutic ultrasound in the treatment of chronic wounds, acute injuries such as fractures and split thickness graft donor sites as well as in the modulation of wound-related pain. Read More
A super-strong 'tough adhesive' has been created that is non-toxic and binds to biological tissues with a strength comparable to the body's own resilient cartilage, even when they're wet. Inspired by the glue produced by a slug, the double-layered hydrogel material demonstrates both high adhesion strength and strain dissipation, making it useful in a variety of medical applications. Read More