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Alcohol Dementia: Stunning Facts About Effects on the Brain

Alcohol dementia is the most common form of substance-induced persisting dementia. Let's find out more about this preventable form of memory loss.

First, what do we mean by heavy drinking?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for men, heavy drinking is generally defined as consuming an average of more than 2 drinks per day. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 1 drink per day.

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Ambien Zombies
No doubt as nurses, we have an amusing “Ambien” story or two we could tell.  From the drug induced bazaar ramblings of patients to nudity filled escapades around the nurse’s station. Typically we would characterize this as an adverse drug reaction.  

For most who react negatively to the drug it is merely embarrassing events; incoherent emails, odd-conversations, the cooking and eating of strange concoctions of food and non-food substances. But on closer examination a long list of bizarre and more sinister behaviors are emerging after the use of this hypnotic.  A tragic trend appears as reports of assault, sleep-driving, vehicular manslaughter, murder and even mass murders have occurred after taking Ambien.

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Allegheny Health Network to Drop IV Teams
Needle-phobics call it sheer agony, the wait time in the hospital before a nurse sticks a hypodermic needle through the skin and into a vein.

Allegheny Health Network promises to shorten that delay in five of its hospitals by dissolving teams of intravenous therapy nurses, who specialize in inserting IV lines, and reassigning many of their duties to floor nurses.

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Increasing Demand for Outpatient Infusion Therapy
Infusion therapy is having medication or fluids delivered into the body via an intravenous catheter or central line. This form of therapy is used to treat multiple medical conditions when oral medications are not an option.

Infusion therapy is most widely known for cancer treatment, however there are many other conditions treated with it. Some of these conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, osteoporosis, anemia, infection and hydration, as well as a wide variety of other neurologic, rheumatologic and gastrointestinal conditions.

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Featured Author: Pamela Clark

 
 
 
  Pamela Clark, CRNI, is a Nurse Manager for Accredo, a leader in specialty pharmacy care. She has more than 28 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.

Pam has been active in the Infusion Nurses Society, both locally and nationally. She currently sits on the Journal of Infusion Nursing editorial review board, is secretary of the Greater Houston INS Chapter, and has experience as a presenter at national INS conferences on various infusion-related topics. Ms. Clark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from The University of Texas System School of Nursing at Austin. She has been certified in Infusion Nursing by the Infusion Nurses Credentialing Corporation for more than 25 years.
 
 
 
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