Three Myths about Continence Management

By Michelle ChristiansenMedical DevicesLeave a Comment

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Nearly 80 percent of nursing home residents suffer from urinary and bowel incontinence. Additionally, a recent CDC study showed that nearly 51 percent of people aged 65 and older living at home reported bladder and/or bowel incontinence. There is no gender discrimination with incontinence. According to the American Urological Association, 15 million men and women suffer from urinary incontinence (33 … Read More

5 Questions about Refurbished Medical Equipment

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Ambulatory surgery center, smaller hospitals and private practices are increasingly purchasing refurbished or reconditioned medical equipment. With declining reimbursements and rising costs, budgets are getting squeezed. Refurbished equipment can cost 30 to 70 percent less than buying new devices, which can result in saving thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars that can then be used for other important … Read More

Drug Disposal: Getting LTC Facilities to Think Beyond Kitty Litter

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Drug Buster blog 6-1-16

Annually, nearly 8.4 million people receive support from long-term care, including home health agencies, nursing homes, hospices, residential care communities and adult day service centers. Many people who receive long-term care also take multiple medications. For years, staff members have been disposing of unused and expired prescription drugs by flushing them down the toilet, mixing them with kitty litter or … Read More

Are You Practicing Proper Pre-Op Skin Preparation?

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Trichak blog 4-27-16

As surgical nurses, we see techniques come and go constantly as new technology and new evidence-based practices come into play. Hair reduction, antiseptic cleansing, and pre-operative skin preparation are all hot topics that have undergone scrutiny in the clinical setting. Regardless of the evolution of the latest and greatest mousetrap, the one fact that remains constant is that proper skin … Read More