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Wednesday, February 12, 2014  
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Total Parenteral Nutrition or TPN Administration and Education

I recently saw a post in a popular nurse’s forum for LVN’s and LPN’s that made me cringe! As an infusion therapy educator I am aware scenarios like this are common and wanted to address some of the issues I see with Total Parenteral Nutrition administration within long term care facilities. 

The particular post I saw went something like this: Has anyone ever heard of having total parenteral nutrition (TPN) in long term care or has anyone discharged a patient to a long term care facility with TPN? Personally I think the fifteen minute inservice we got is an accident waiting to happen. No one where I work has a clue about it.  If anyone has any tips for me that would be great. Thanks.

Posts after this did indeed include “tips” for TPN administration as well as another comment that “as an LPN/LVN they were not allowed to touch a TPN.”  I will give kudos to the nurse that posted her tips. The tips for the most part were correct, but not 100% accurate. 

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Campus News

Increasing Number of Falls Calls for Better Fall Prevention
Traumatic spinal cord injuries are on the rise in the United States and the leading cause no longer is motor vehicle crashes, but falls, researchers say. Dr. Shalini Selvarajah, a post-doctoral surgical research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said the rates of these injuries -- whose symptoms range from temporary numbness to full-blown paralysis -- were rising fastest among older people, suggesting preventing falls could significantly curb spinal injuries.

"We have demonstrated how costly traumatic spinal cord injury is and how lethal and disabling it can be among older people," Selvarajah, the study leader, said in a statement. "It's an area that is ripe for prevention."

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The Importance of Education for Those in Leadership Roles
President of Outpatient Healthcare Strategies Jessica Nantz discusses how ambulatory surgery center leaders can internally identify and grow outstanding nurse leaders and directors of nursing.

Jessica Nantz goes on to describe the qualities and values that she looks for and nurtures in her staff and how that mentorship looks. The general idea being maintaining and embracing a commitment to excellent care is the key to success.

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Recent Nursing Home Fires
The winter season can be a time of increased fire risk, and the importance of fire safety is something that cannot be ignored. Any fire is a frightening event for a community, but often a fire in a long-term care setting can bring grave consequences as the residents are often reliant on their caregivers to help get them to safety. 

There have been two recent news accounts of devastating fires within long term care residences. Authorities said a Hereford Texas nursing home was evacuated after a storage closet caught fire.  The fire department has declared the blaze accidental believing the fire was caused by warm linens combusting.  The fire marshal reported “everyone is accounted for and everyone is safe”.  Damage from the blaze has left more than 60 nursing home residents displaced to neighboring long term care communities.
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As an advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) instructor for over seven years she assisted over 2500 nurses receive their ACLS certification. She also created and taught several front-line leadership courses including Leadership University aimed at healthcare middle managers, Charge Nurse Development and Preceptor Development courses.
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