• 2014 World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

    October 21, 2014

    October 16, 2014

    Washington, DC – According to the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines; “Pressure Ulcers increase hospital costs significantly. In the US, pressure ulcer care is estimated to approach $11 billion (USD) annually, with a cost of between $500 (USD) and $70,000 (USD) per individual pressure ulcer.”1

    The NPUAP defines a pressure ...

  • DEA Changes to Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs)

    October 03, 2014

     On August 21st the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II.  As recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Effective October 6, 2014, the Final Rule imposes the regulatory ...

  • Code – More Than Chest Compressions

    September 18, 2014

    Question:   Where do long-term care nurses document the steps taken in a full code?
    Answer:   No clue - there is no standard.

    After giving this some thought, I asked myself, “Why not?"  Why do professional nurses who are required to be certified in CPR and initiate life sustaining measures in the event of a full code, not document what was done?  ...

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