THE TRANSITION TO HOSPICE AND ITS IMPACT ON FAMILY MEMBERS: STRATEGIES FOR PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS

21-12-2019

End-of-life care can be fraught with emotion, confusing, and overwhelming for family members. Hospice nurses and other caregivers not only care for patients, they also educate and provide emotional and psychological support to family members. Research has shown that hospice has downstream benefits to family members, especially spouses.1 Additionally, families of cancer patients enrolled in hospice […]

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INFECTION CONTROL IN HEALTHCARE: PRECAUTIONS (PART I)

21-12-2019

Infections acquired in healthcare settings are common, yet preventable. Healthcare workers have a responsibility to patients and to society at large to do everything possible to reduce the spread of infections in the risk-prone environments of hospitals, surgery centers, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. In the first of our two-part series on infection control in […]

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INFECTION CONTROL IN HEALTHCARE: SAFE WORK PRACTICES (PART II)

21-12-2019

Approximately one in 25 hospital patients in the U.S. has a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) at any given time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 7 of every 100 patients in developed countries and 10 of every 100 patients in developing countries will acquire at least […]

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PREVENTING INFECTION: EVOLVING THREATS REQUIRE EVOLVING METHODS

20-12-2019

Hospital infections continue to decrease as medical institutions use improved data tracking, better training for staff, and technology to ferret out and eliminate their causes. Although progress is being made, too many patients still acquire infections in hospital settings. Continuing to adapt to the ever-changing nature of infection by providing top notch training, including up-to-date […]

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PREVENTING INFLUENZA IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

20-12-2019

Millions of people in the U.S. live in long-term care (LTC) facilities like nursing homes, hospices, and assisted living facilities.1 People aged 65 and older make up the majority of LTC residents and are at the highest risk of complications from the flu because the immune system weakens with age.2 Many residents of long-term care facilities […]

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TUBERCULOSIS REMAINS A MAJOR HEALTH THREAT

20-12-2019

Although it is overshadowed by illnesses of late like HIV/AIDS and Ebola, tuberculosis remains a worldwide health threat, causing more than a million deaths each year. Even in the U.S., thousands of people become ill with TB each year, and health care officials keep a close watch on reports of the disease to prevent an […]

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ALLERGIES, ASTHMA, AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: UNDERSTANDING THE CONNECTION

20-12-2019

The sneezing, stuffy nose, and watery eyes of nasal allergies can make pollen seasons miserable for allergy sufferers, while the wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath of asthma can be downright scary. You’ll often hear people of a certain age say that when they were kids “almost no one had allergies or asthma.” Drug […]

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IMPROVING EMPLOYEE RETENTION IN HOME HEALTH, HOSPICE AND HOME CARE

20-12-2019

The need for in-home caregivers in the U.S. has never been greater, and this need will only continue to grow as America’s population ages. Yet, even as the demand for home health, hospice, and home care increases, a workforce crisis persists in the industry. Turnover rates are exceedingly high among in-home caregivers, according to experts […]

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CULTURAL COMPETENCE IN HOME HEALTH, HOSPICE, AND HOME CARE

20-12-2019

The need for cultural competence in home care is growing as America’s population becomes more diverse and as more seniors choose to age in place. Healthcare workers at all levels must have a certain level of cultural competence to adequately care for patients. This is especially true for nurses and other direct care staff who […]

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