Geriatrics Requires Compassionate, Consistent, and Creative Nursing

Friday, September 20, 2019 3:46:34 PM America/New_York

“The primary function of a gerontology nurse is to collaborate with patients, the local community and families in order to deliver the highest possible quality of life to the elderly,” explains bestmasterofscienceinnursing.com, naming five specific characteristics needed for nurses to succeed in the field of gerontology, including:

  • patience
  • compassion
  • attention to detail
  • creativeness
  • consistency
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Over 90% of Honor Roll Hospitals are Action Products Users!

Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:31:00 AM America/New_York

Once again this year, we at Action Products were happy to read the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospitals rankings, discovering that well over 90% of those hospitals are users of our products.

This is actually U.S. News’ 30th year producing hospital rankings. There are actually five different lists, including:

  • Best Hospitals Specialty Rankings
  • Best Hospitals Procedure and Condition Ratings
  • Best Hospitals Honor Roll
  • Best Regional Hospitals
  • Best Children’s Hospitals Just last month in our blog, we announced proudly that Action Products is a supplier to the majority of winning children’s hospitals.).
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Reducing Hypothermia in the OR

Monday, August 19, 2019 11:35:16 AM America/New_York

Hypothermia, defined as a core body temperature of less than 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Centigrade), is “a relatively common occurrence in the unwarmed surgical patient”, an Ochsner Journal article explains, cautioning that even a mild degree of perioperative hypothermia “can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality”. 

Bordes, Hart, Corsino, and Harmon report, a threefold increase in the frequency of surgical site infections. Notwithstanding these statistics, hypothermia remains a common threat; the primary reason - anesthesia eliminates behavioral modification for the patients, altering their thermoregulatory mechanism.

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Monitoring Skin Temperature to Predict and Prevent Pressure Injuries

Thursday, August 8, 2019 11:55:38 AM America/New_York

Standard therapy for patients with Category 2 or 3 diabetic foot risk includes apeutic footwear, diabetic foot education, and regular evaluation by a podiatrist.  But a study reported in diabetesjournals.org, added the use of a handheld infrared skin thermometer to measure foot temperatures. The results showed that the enhanced therapy group had significantly fewer diabetic foot complications, suggesting that monitoring foot temperatures may help prevent complications in individuals at high risk for lower-extremity ulceration and amputation.

Among the 85 patients selected for the study, there were no significant differences in:

  • age
  • duration of diabetes
  • severity of neuropathy measured by VPT
  • diabetic foot risk category
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The Axillary Roll: An Essential Tool for Lateral Positioning

Friday, August 2, 2019 11:23:00 AM America/New_York

Essential goods are part of any great care or service. The operating room has countless examples of such materials. As perioperative professionals we know what is needed to provide the safest patient care.

 Positioning patients safely and effectively is paramount to the success of all procedures. We often require more dedicated time and effort to position our patients, than it takes to complete the entire surgical procedure. The lateral position involves multiple steps and items to achieve safety and success. A critical device for this position is the axillary roll. This device is a hot commodity in many operating rooms; which may at times lead to a short supply because of hoarding by one service team or another.  The savvy OR team member looks ahead for the needs of the patient. However there are unplanned cases, and emergent needs that arise throughout the day. Despite these spontaneous cases, the OR nurse must never sacrifice safety at the cost of anatomical exposure and position.

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