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Sara Andertun, Åsa Hörnsten, Senada Hajdarevic
AIM: The aim of this study was to describe Norwegian healthcare staffs' experiences of participating in care of patients with Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone. BACKGROUND: Ebola is one of the most feared viruses known. Ebola virus disease is highly contagious with high mortality. The few qualitative studies made on experiences among healthcare professionals have highlighted problems as lack of protective resources, insufficient personnel and risk of societal stigmatization...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Ioannis Kyriazanos, Vasileios Kalles, Anastasios Stefanopoulos, John Spiliotis, Faheez Mohamed
Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is increasingly used in the treatment of peritoneal malignancies. The administration of HIPEC after complete cytoreduction offers the combination of the pharmacokinetic advantages inherent to the intraperitoneal delivery of cytotoxic chemotherapy, with the direct cytotoxic effects of hyperthermia, and has been reported to offer significantly improved patient outcomes. As a result, this novel method disseminates rapidly, with many surgical teams having developed peritoneal malignancy treatment programs...
September 2016: Surgical Oncology
James M Boiano, Andrea L Steege
Scavenging systems and administrative and work practice controls for minimizing occupational exposure to waste anesthetic gases have been recommended for many years. Anesthetic gases and vapors that are released or leak out during medical procedures are considered waste anesthetic gases. To better understand the extent recommended practices are used, the NIOSH Health and Safety Practices Survey of Healthcare Workers was conducted in 2011 among members of professional practice organizations representing anesthesia care providers including physician anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and anesthesiologist assistants...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
D Vendittelli, Barbara Penprase, Laura Pittiglio
Nurses continue to sustain musculoskeletal injuries even with increased emphasis on safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) and organizational cultures of safety to protect health care workers. Analysis of data from 2011-2014 registered nurse graduates explored hospital safety culture, SPHM education/training, and incidence of new-nurse musculoskeletal injury. Results indicated hospitals provided some type of SPHM education and training, but 46% of study participants were not informed or aware of national SPHM standards or guidelines...
June 28, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
Nancy Menzel, Du Feng, Jessica Doolen
There is consensus that registered nurses worldwide have a high prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, particularly of the back. Patient handling activities such as lifting present the highest risk of injury, activities that begin in nursing school. A literature review identified 21 studies of back pain in nursing students, indicating a wide range of prevalence rates. A prospective cohort study of nursing students in a United States baccalaureate program followed 119 students who completed the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire upon beginning the 16 month upper division major and then a year later...
2016: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Guy Fragala
In recent years, safe patient handling in the health care industry has been addressed by various stakeholders, but much work remains to reduce health care worker injuries, and improve safety and care quality for patients. Recently, safe patient handling in ambulatory care settings has gained attention. As health care delivery evolves, demands on ambulatory care will increase and more dependent patients will visit ambulatory care clinics. Typically, ambulatory care clinics are not equipped with appropriate safe patient handling equipment...
September 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
Filippo Benassi, Enrico Giuliani, Davide Corticelli, Roberto Parravicni
UNLABELLED:  Abstract  PURPOSE: several therapeutic options are used in emergency situations, when heart and/or lung functions acutely fail. Because of the poor results of conventional treatments, the use of an extra-corporeal life support (ECLS) systems able to completely assume the heart and lung functions in emergency situations is becoming a viable alternative. We have developed a unique ECLS system for patients needing extended respiratory and/or circulatory support and controlled hypothermia...
2016: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Kristin J Cummings, Mary J Choi, Eric J Esswein, Marie A de Perio, Joshua M Harney, Wendy M Chung, David L Lakey, Allison M Liddell, Pierre E Rollin
Health care personnel (HCP) caring for patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) are at increased risk for infection with the virus. In 2014, a Texas hospital became the first U.S. community hospital to care for a patient with EVD; 2 nurses were infected while providing care. This article describes infection control measures developed to strengthen the hospital's capacity to safely diagnose and treat patients with EVD. After admission of the first patient with EVD, a multidisciplinary team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined the hospital's infection preventionists to implement a system of occupational safety and health controls for direct patient care, handling of clinical specimens, and managing regulated medical waste...
May 10, 2016: Annals of Internal Medicine
Amy Callahan, Nancy J Ames, Mary Lou Manning, Kate Touchton-Leonard, Li Yang
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To identify factors associated with oncology nurses' use of hazardous drug (HD) safe-handling precautions in inpatient clinical research units.
. DESIGN: Descriptive, cross-sectional.
. SETTING: The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
. SAMPLE: 115 RNs working on high-volume HD administration units. 
. METHODS: Survey data were collected online using the Hazardous Drug Handling Questionnaire...
May 1, 2016: Oncology Nursing Forum
Sang D Choi, Kathryn Brings
BACKGROUND: Nurses and nursing assistants are susceptible to work-related musculoskeletal disorders and injuries (WMSDs) due to the increase in overweight and obese patients they are handling on a daily basis. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to review work-related musculoskeletal hazards and risks associated with handling overweight and obese patients, and summarize the recommended interventions to mitigate musculoskeletal concerns among nurses and nursing assistants...
2015: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
Ana Vaz da Conceição, Dora Bernardo, Lygia Vieira Lopes, Fernando Miguel, Fernanda Bessa, Fernando Monteiro, Cristina Santos, Blasques Oliveira, Lúcio Lara Santos
In African countries, higher rates of late-stage cancers at the time of first diagnosis are a reality. In this context, hazardous drugs (HDs), such as chemotherapy, play an important role and have immense benefits for patients' treatment. HDs should be handled under specific conditions. At least a class 5 environment primary engineering control (PEC), physically located in an appropriate buffer area, is mandatory for sterile HDs compounding, as well as administrative control, personal protective equipment, work practices and other engineering and environmental controls, in order to protect the environment, patient, and worker...
2015: Ecancermedicalscience
Takuya Adachi, Nobuhiro Komiya, Yasuyuki Kato
The largest ever outbreak of Ebola virus disease has been spreading in West Africa. The authors were deployed to Liberia and Sierra Leone as short-term consultants for the World Health Organization. Our mission was to ensure clinical management and infection prevention and control priorities in frontline treatment centres. This paper describes how the disease is spread, its symptoms and progression, measures currently taken to ensure both infection control and the best possible care, and the significance of infections among health care workers...
March 2015: Kansenshōgaku Zasshi. the Journal of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases
G L Gilbert
If routine laboratory safety precautions are followed, the risk of laboratory-acquired infection from handling specimens from patients with Ebolavirus disease (EVD) is very low, especially in the early 'dry' stage of disease. In Australia, border screening to identify travellers returning from EVD-affected west African countries during the 2014-2015 outbreak has made it unlikely that specimens from patients with unrecognised EVD would be sent to a routine diagnostic laboratory. Australian public health and diagnostic laboratories associated with hospitals designated for the care of patients with EVD have developed stringent safety precautions for EVD diagnostic and other tests likely to be required for supportive care of the sickest (and most infectious) patients with EVD, including as wide a range of point-of-care tests as possible...
August 2015: Pathology
Rachel Bower, Christine Jackson, Joseph C Manning
BACKGROUND: Medication administration has inherent risks, with errors having enormous impact on the quality and efficiency of patient care, particularly in relation to experience, outcomes and safety. Nurses are pivotal to the medication administration process and therefore must demonstrate safe and reliable practice. However, interruptions can lead to mistakes and omissions. AIM: To critique and synthesize the existing literature relating to the impact that interruptions have during medication administration within the paediatric critical care (PCC) setting...
July 2015: Nursing in Critical Care
Mona Ewertsson, Margareta Gustafsson, Karin Blomberg, Inger K Holmström, Renée Allvin
BACKGROUND: One comprehensive part of nursing practice is performing technical skills and handling of medical equipment. This might be challenging for new registered nurses (RNs) to do in patient-safe way. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe and compare the extent to which new RNs perform various technical skills and handle medical devices in different settings, and to investigate their possibility for continued learning in this respect. A further aim was to describe their perceptions of incident reporting related to technical skills and medical devices...
December 2015: Nurse Education Today
Soo-Jeong Lee, Joung Hee Lee, Robyn R M Gershon
Musculoskeletal injuries and symptoms are prevalent in nurses and are largely associated with strenuous patient handling. In 2011, California enacted legislation that required acute-care hospitals to implement safe patient handling (SPH) policies and programs. To assess the early phase of this legislation, we conducted an epidemiological assessment of organizational SPH practices, musculoskeletal symptoms, and perceptions in a random sample of 396 registered nurses. Among those who worked in hospitals and had patient handling duties (n = 220), the 12 month prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal symptoms was 69% (lower back 54%, neck 41%, shoulders 34%, and hands/wrists 26%)...
June 2015: Research in Nursing & Health
Aihua Li, Chengdong Ji, Hui Wang, Genqiang Lang, Honghai Lu, Sikuan Liu, Weiwu Li, Binghui Zhang, Wei Fang
BACKGROUND: The treatment of large volume bladder stones by current equipments continues to be a management problem in both developing and developed countries. AH-1 Stone Removal System (SRS) invented by us is primarily used to crush and retrieve bladder stones. This study evaluated the safety and efficiency of transurethral cystolitholapaxy with SRS for the treatment of bladder stones of variable size. METHODS: SRS, which was invented by Aihua Li in 2007, composed by endoscope, continuous-flow component, a jaw for stone handling and retrieving, lithotripsy tube, handle, inner sheath and outer sheath...
2015: BMC Urology
Aihua Li, Chengdong Ji, Hui Wang, Genqiang Lang, Honghai Lu, Sikuan Liu, Weiwu Li, Binghui Zhang, Wei Fang
BACKGROUND: The treatment of large volume bladder stones by current equipments continues to be a management problem in both developing and developed countries. AH-1 Stone Removal System (SRS) invented by us is primarily used to crush and retrieve bladder stones. This study evaluated the safety and efficiency of transurethral cystolitholapaxy with SRS for the treatment of bladder stones of variable size. METHODS: SRS, which was invented by Aihua Li in 2007, composed by endoscope, continuous-flow component, a jaw for stone handling and retrieving, lithotripsy tube, handle, inner sheath and outer sheath...
December 2015: BMC Urology
A C Easty, N Coakley, R Cheng, M Cividino, P Savage, R Tozer, R E White
BACKGROUND: This evidence-based practice guideline was developed to update and address new issues in the handling of cytotoxics, including the use of oral cytotoxics; the selection and use of personal protective equipment; and treatment in diverse settings, including the home setting. METHODS: The guideline was developed primarily from an adaptation and endorsement of an existing guideline and from three systematic reviews. Before publication, the guideline underwent a series of peer and external reviews to gather feedback...
February 2015: Current Oncology
Hsin-Yi Cheng, Yi-Jen Chen, Peng-Hui Wang, Hsiao-Wen Tsai, Yen-Hou Chang, Nae-Fang Twu, Chi-Mou Juang, Huahsi Wu, Ming-Shyen Yen, Kuan-Chong Chao
OBJECTIVE: Conventional laparoscopic myomectomy (LM) has inherent limitations due to its rigid structure. The robotic system is a newly developed technology equipped with a flexible EndoWrist that offers good performance in delicate motions. Our objective was to share our clinical experience in the management of complex myomectomy using this robotic system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October 2010 to March 2012, 21 patients with symptomatic complex uterine myomas were evaluated...
February 2015: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
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