ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

'Bathing and Honoring' Nursing Intervention Benefits Families after Patients Die in Acute Care Setting

ORLANDO, FL—Bathing and Honoring a patient who has died "provides a final positive experience for family members and allows them to begin the grieving process," according to a report on the practice presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has found.

Clinic-Based Behavioral Intervention Improves Sleep for Cancer Patient-Caregiver Dyads

ORLANDO, FL—A brief cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) delivered during patient therapy in the infusion room improved sleep over 4 weeks in patients and caregivers, with little to no negative effects on clinic flow, according to a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

New Instrument Assesses Family Caregiver Knowledge of Cancer Treatment Symptoms

ORLANDO, FL—Reliability and validity testing of a new instrument, the Nursing Assessment of Family Caregiver Knowledge and Action Tool (NAFCKAT) has found it to be potentially useful at identifying patient and family caregivers who need additional support and purposeful follow-up by the health care team, according to a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Nursing Evaluation, Management of Nab-Paclitaxel-Associated Peripheral Neuropathy

ORLANDO, FL—Peripheral neuropathy associated with the use of nab-paclitaxel among chemotherapy-naïve patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas can be managed by dose interruptions and modifications, according to a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

ORLANDO, FL—Music, nature sounds, and the combination of both were effective in decreasing pain and anxiety in patients with cancer on hospice, a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has shown.

Multidisciplinary Bone Marrow Program Prepares RNs to Perform Aspirations, Biopsies

ORLANDO, FL—Registered nurses who participated in a bone marrow program maintained a 98% score when rated by pathologists for the quality of the bone marrow aspiration and biopsy samples they collected, with no reported incidences of postprocedure complications, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Model Details Challenges of Educating Staff to Care for Both Pediatric and Adult Oncology Patients

ORLANDO, FL—When nurses verbalized a lack of comfort level in caring for pediatric patients, a model was created to address the challenges of educating staff that care for both adult and pediatric patients, a study reported at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Oncology-Specific, One-Day Orientation Program Encourages Multidisciplinary Collaboration

ORLANDO, FL—An oncology-specific, one-day orientation program has the potential to affect current practice positively by increasing staff knowledge of clinical resources and patient care services available to oncology patients, a report at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has found.

Educational Walk Through A Colon Promotes Colorectal Cancer Screening

ORLANDO, FL—A walk-through colon is creating the buzz needed to help a hospital in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, achieve its goal of having 80% of the population screened for colon cancer by 2018, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Gastrointestinal Oncology Nurse Navigation Improves Patient Outcomes

ORLANDO, FL—Gastrointestinal oncology nurse navigation improved the timeliness and quality of care for patients with GI malignancies, according to research presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

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