ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

Central Venous Catheter Self-management Education Program Effective

A central venous catheter self-management education program is an effective nursing intervention to promote long-term self-management of a CVC for discharged patients with cancer.

Innovations Reduce Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection Rates at an Oncology Hospital

The formation of a multidisplinary taskforce and the introduction of improved products successfully reduced the rates of catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) at an oncology hospital.

Daily Chlorhexidine Gluconate Bathing Reduces CLABSI Rates

Daily chlorhexidine gluconate bathing on all patients with ports and tunneled catheters decreased the rates of CLABSI on an inpatient oncology unit.

Hygiene Practice Interventions Reduced CLABSI on an Inpatient Oncology Unit

Formation of a multidisciplinary team and a focus on evidence-based interventions successfully reduced the rate of central line bloodstream infections (CLABSI) on an inpatient oncology unit.

PICC Claiming Antithrombogenic, Antimicrobial Properties Failed to Reduce Thromboses, Line Dysfunction

A PICC with preclinical data claiming antithrombogenic and antimicrobial properties failed to reduce the rate of CLABSI or catheter-related thromboses compared with a standard PICC.

Algorithm Plots Efficient Course for Assessing Immune-related Adverse Events in Cancer Immunotherapy

Use of a collaborative team dedicated to managing immune-related adverse events (irAEs) enabled prompt recognition and safe, successful management in patients receiving immunotherapy for cancer.

Nurses Can Minimize, Prevent Complications of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome

The oncology nurse plays a pivotal role in the management of abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) by focusing on risk assessment and early identification of clinical signs and symptoms.

MASCC Tool Improves Documentation of Dermatologic Toxicities of TKIs

Incorporating a modified MASCC grading tool for evaluating epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor (EGFRI) toxicities and quality of life improved the rate of skin assessments and documentation.

Oncology Nurses Ideal for Educating Patients on Portal Vein Thrombosis

Oncology nurses are in an ideal position to educate patients with gastrointestinal malignancies and PVT about risk factors, clinical presentation, complications, and treatment options to prevent further extension of the clot.

Study Suggests Clinicians Can Use Opioid of Choice for Breakthrough Cancer Pain

All opioids are currently recommended for breakthrough cancer pain and clinicians may use the opioid of their choice.

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