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  • Music therapy taken to hospice patients

    Add guitars and other musical instruments to the tools caregivers can use to help patients in hospice care. That's what University of Alabama (UA) senior Sarah Pitts found when she brought her music therapy skills to patients in Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
  • Journal Review: Nursing home patients have hospice potential

    Nursing home residents can benefit from hospice services provided in the nursing home, according to Harvard Medical School researchers.
  • Use checkpoints to ID employee medication theft

    There are two ways that the staff at Agape Hospice have identified cases of medication diversion by employees. One involved patients reporting less medication in the bottle than listed on the label. Another involved a nursing home hospice patient who was receiving pain medication on an as-needed basis but was running out of pills before the nurse's next visit.
  • Palliative care programs help challenging groups

    This is the second of two-part series about best practices in palliative care programs.
  • Pay attention to behavior of family members, friends

    A family member's statement that "Dad's pain is really helped by methadone rather than hydrocodone," should serve as a red flag for any hospice nurse, says Debbie Williams, RN, CHPC, administrator of Agape Hospice in Minden, LA. Any time a family member or friend of the patient is naming specific drugs to bring into the house, you should be suspicious of drug diversion, she says.
  • Keep education fun for aides for successful program

    Pressure ulcer education is pretty straightforward for nurses who want up-to-date clinical information that will help them select the best interventions to prevent pressure ulcers and the best treatments to help their patients with ulcers, says Terri Edmiston, RN, MSN, clinical manager for Parkview Hospital Home Health and Hospice in Huntington, IN.
  • Best practices bring reduction of ulcers

    The Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative's collaborative effort to share education and tools to improve the risk identification, prevention, and treatment of pressure ulcers included more than 160 home health agencies, hospitals, and nursing homes. With the focus on education and sharing best practices among the providers, members of the 15-month first phase of the initiative posted some impressive results that contributed to a drop in reported pressure ulcers throughout the state.
  • Improve risk assessment for pressure ulcers

    An Indiana initiative to reduce pressure ulcers throughout all areas of health care has resulted in a reduction of bedsores at more than 160 organizations participating in the project.
  • Packets make assessments easy for nurses to perform

    Nurses at Sullivan County Community Hospital Home Health and Hospice in Sullivan, IN, don't spend time looking for a copy of the Braden Scale, documentation checklists, pressure ulcer intervention guidelines, or teaching tools. They just pick up a pre-packaged envelope and go.
  • It's 11 o'clock at night — Do you know where your medications are?

    A hospice nurse in Colorado was arrested in July for using a patient's name to obtain pain medication. The nurse also was charged in November for using a physician's name along with patient names to forge prescriptions for more than 4,000 pain pills.