MATTRESS OVERLAYS MAINTAIN SKIN INTEGRITY AND CONTAIN COSTS

Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:20:43 AM America/New_York

For bed-ridden patients, in both hospital and home settings, maintaining skin integrity is all-important. Any break in the skin puts the patient at risk for many complications, including infection. Keeping the skin clean, lubricating and soothing with hypoallergenic moisturizers, and using a mattress overlay pad are all ways to lower the risk of the patient developing pressure ulcers. Since Action Products mattress overlay pads are made of Akton® polymer, they do not promote bacterial growth and are therefore reuseable. Read on...

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AT ACTION PRODUCTS, ARM GUARDS BY ANY OTHER NAME CAN DO THE JOB

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 7:47:45 AM America/New_York

“You say to-may-to and I say to-mah-to, you say po-tay-to and I say po-tah-to,” Ella Fitzgerald sings. Here at Action Products, we’re reminded of that song because of the confusion about what OR devices used to support patients’ arms should be called. Unlike Fitzgerald, however, we’re not suggesting “Let’s call the whole thing off” – We simply want to clarify the terminology.

The 2017 AORN Guidelines for Positioning the Patient* (Be sure to ask the head of education at your facility for a copy) mentions that “The patient’s arms should be tucked at the sides with a draw sheet (See Recommendation IX.b.1) or secured at the sides with arm guards. Tucking or securing the patient’s arms at the sides reduces the potential for patient injury. Extending the patient’s arms on arm boards can lead to excessive abduction of the arms and cause a brachial neuropathy when the patient slides caudally”. Read on...

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NO COINCIDENCE: PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION DAY IN PERIOPERATIVE NURSE WEEK

Monday, October 30, 2017 10:54:34 AM America/New_York

November is a month for recognition and for thanks. As highlighted in an earlier blog post, this month our nation honors its many family caregivers.  Then, every November since 1919, we mark the end of the “Great War” with Veterans Day. (Usually observed on November 11th, Veteran’s day happens to fall on a Saturday; the federal holiday will be observed on Friday the 10th.). And of course, November ends with Thanksgiving.  The event Americans call “the first Thanksgiving” was observed by the Pilgrims in 1621 following their first harvest in the New World. Read on...

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THIS MONTH, OUR NATION HONORS CAREGIVERS

Monday, October 30, 2017 10:44:11 AM America/New_York

It’s Thanksgiving season, and, for an increasing number of adult children, that means more than turkey and fixin’s. It’s the time, for many, to visit aging parents and to communicate directly with those parents’ caregivers.

This year, the National Family Caregivers Month Sample proclamation for state and local governments reads as follows:
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JACHO is not just for the OR

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:23:00 PM America/New_York

JACHO, which stands for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, is not just for the O.R. At latest count, the independent, not-for-profit organization, which is headquartered in Oakbrook, Illinois, accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Read on...

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