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Preventing medication errors by empowering patients

Preventable medication errors cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $21 billion annually, according to the National Priorities Partnership and National Quality Forum. This...
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Preventing high-alert medication errors in hospital patients

Mistakes involving medications are among the most common healthcare errors. Medication errors lengthen hospital stays, increase inpatient expenses, and lead to more than 7,000...

What you should know about first-line pain medications

Safe, effective pain control hinges on a multimodal approach that addresses the cause of pain and uses medications and other interventions that relieve the...

Dispelling pain myths

Read up on the latest evidence-based best practices in pain management.

Special report – War on Pain: Multimodal and multidisciplinary therapy for pain management

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH; and Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN An important...

Special report – War on Pain: Pain management across the military continuum

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH In the military healthcare system, the need for...

Special report – War on Pain: Understanding pain and pain mechanisms

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN Pain is a significant challenge both for...

FDA allows marketing of first device to prevent migraine headaches

On March 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed marketing of the first device as a preventative treatment for migraine headaches. This...

FDA approves Impavido to treat leishmaniasis

On March 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Impavido (miltefosine) to treat a tropical disease called leishmaniasis. Read more.

Preventing complications in patients receiving opioids

Understand the terms opioid tolerant and opioid naïve so you can safely administer opioids and protect patients.

Quiz time

Which sedation strategy for ICU patients on mechanical ventilation can help mitigate post-intensive care syndrome? a. Keep the patient heavily sedated. b. Use the lightest level...

Polymyalgia rheumatica: A possible cause of pericardial effusion

Suspect polymyalgia in patients who continue to decline after treatment for pericardial effusion.

What Works: Improving documentation of restraints in the neuro ICU

Learn how one unit implemented their project, including outcomes and how to overcome barriers.