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Bedside Hand-off Reporting Improves Both Nursing and Patient Care

ORLANDO, FL—Deciding to move the "buzz" from the beehive of a crowded nurses' station to the bedside resulted in creation of a new hand-off tool, with 99% of patients giving a "thumbs up" to the best practice, a study reported at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

'Lean Six Sigma' Approach Raises Call Light Responsiveness Patient Satisfaction Scores

ORLANDO, FL—Applying Lean Six Sigma principles—long used in manufacturing to eliminate waste related to energy, money, and time—increased patient satisfaction scores for call light responsiveness for the surgical oncology division above the previous year's benchmark, according to a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Systematic Review Finds Limited Interventions for Treatment-related Symptoms in Ovarian Cancer

ORLANDO, FL—Effective nursing interventions for the cluster of sleep disturbance, pain, anxiety, depression, and low energy/fatigue (SPADE) symptoms women with ovarian cancer report secondary to ongoing chemotherapy treatment are limited, concludes a literature review presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Written Education Tool Improves Patient Satisfaction with Microvascular Reconstruction

Written Education Tool Improves Patient Satisfaction with Microvascular Reconstruction

ORLANDO, FL—Results of a questionnaire revealed patients with head and neck cancer prefer a written educational tool that addresses their questions and concerns prior to surgery for microvascular reconstruction, a study reported at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Patients Instructed on Home Injections Not More Confident When Simulation Was Added

Patients Instructed on Home Injections Not More Confident When Simulation Was Added

ORLANDO, FL—Results of a study to identify the effect of two teaching methods on patient and caregiver satisfaction and confidence in administering home injections found that adding simulation did not improve learner satisfaction or self-confidence, but did assuage worry, when compared with verbal and written teaching alone, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Number of childhood cancer survivors is increasing and most have morbidities

Childhood cancer survivors are more likely than the general population to suffer at least one chronic health condition.

Interdisciplinary Task Force Develops Patient Education Tool for Opioid-Induced Constipation

Interdisciplinary Task Force Develops Patient Education Tool for Opioid-Induced Constipation

ORLANDO, FL—Implementing a patient education tool for opioid-induced constipation (OIC) successfully reduced patient-reported unmanaged constipation, a study reported at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Validating Chemotherapy Administration Feasible with Simulation-Based Evaluation

Validating Chemotherapy Administration Feasible with Simulation-Based Evaluation

ORLANDO, FL—"Simulation-based evaluation is a feasible, effective method to validate chemotherapy competency and ensure all nurses receive the opportunity to demonstrate competencies in a safe and consistent manner," a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress has concluded.

Teamwork Improves Transitioning Blood and Marrow Transplant Patients to Outpatient Unit

Teamwork Improves Transitioning Blood and Marrow Transplant Patients to Outpatient Unit

ORLANDO, FL—Nursing staff satisfaction improved when the transition of care for patients from the inpatient to the outpatient blood and marrow transplant (BMT) units included a standardized approach using electronic communication in SBAR—Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation—format, according to a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

Oncology Triage Nurse Serves as 'Pivotal Conduit' in Facilitating a Transitional Care Clinic

Oncology Triage Nurse Serves as 'Pivotal Conduit' in Facilitating a Transitional Care Clinic

ORLANDO, FL—The oncology triage nurse has the potential to improve patient outcomes along the continuum of care when serving as a pivotal conduit with acute care hospitalists and medical oncology, a study presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress concluded.

Conference Coverage

Scent-trained dog detects thyroid cancer in human urine samples

A canine trained to identify cancer in urine samples by scent was able to differentiate thyroid cancer from benign status nearly 90 percent of the time.

Risk of thyroid cancer increases after a breast cancer diagnosis

Breast cancer survivors have a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer, especially within 5 years of their breast cancer diagnosis, according to a national database analysis.

Advanced thyroid cancer responds to targeted therapy with sunitinib

Sunitinib (Sutent), a drug approved for treatment of several other cancers, may be an effective adjunctive treatment for patients with advanced differentiated thyroid cancer.

Chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery improves survival

The addition of chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery lowered risk of death by approximately 30%, over surgery alone, according to a study that reviewed patient data.

3D printing offers innovative method for delivering medication

The use of 3D printing to construct devices of varied sizes and shapes could become a powerful tool in customizing interventional radiology treatments to individual patient needs.

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