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Pain Management | 7/30/2012
Pain serves to alert a person to potential or actual damage to the body. The definition for damage is quite broad: pain can arise from injury as well as disease. After the message is received and interpreted, further pain can be counterproductive. Pain can have a negative impact on a person's quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury, thus contributing to escalating health care costs.
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Many viruses and bacteria infect people only when they enter the nose or mouth. People with diseases transmitted via the fecal-oral route can spread the disease to nearby objects or food if they don't wash their hands well after using the toilet.
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For many seriously ill patients, hospice and palliative care offers a more dignified and comfortable alternative to spending your final months in the impersonal environment of a hospital. Palliative medicine helps patients manage pain while hospice provides special care to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family.
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Fear of falling is likely to lead to future falls among older people, irrespective of their actual fall risk, finds a study published online in the British Medical Journal.
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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as CPR, is a set of basic emergency skills designed to help save a person's life when her heart has stopped beating or she has stopped breathing. The American Heart Association, or AHA, emphasizes the importance of CPR by stating that CPR, performed in an effective and timely manner, can double a person's chance of survival.
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A disinfection cap used in IV therapy was the subject of an award-winning, multi-site study at a four-hospital Chicago-area hospital system.
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"Under-treatment of chronic pain in older adults is common, contributing to unnecessary suffering," said Deborah Dillon McDonald, RN, PhD, of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, who served as an advisor for the issue. "Older adults and practitioners need to work together to find optimal multi- modal pain management plans that reduce pain and avoid adverse events."

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Because of the increasing age in the general population, the number of elderly patients visiting the emergency department with ground-level falls is increasing, and will likely continue to rise in the future.
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In today's increasingly outcomes-driven healthcare environment, more skilled nursing operators are stressing quality. Unfortunately, operators have learned that this heightened concern doesn't always translate to brag-worthy survey scores – or their ability to dodge deficiencies that dogged them in the past. 
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Pedagogy, Inc., a national provider of online continuing education and training courses for nurses and other health care professionals, is very pleased to announce an important new course  "Managing Falls In the Nursing Home: Who, Why and What Next?" authored by Rein Tideiksaar, PhD, PA-C.
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