ONS 2016

Oral Chemotherapy Care Model Improves Safety, Quality Through Increased Collaboration

Oral Chemotherapy Care Model Improves Safety, Quality Through Increased Collaboration

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A nurse-facilitated oral chemotherapy care model has improved delivery times, patient satisfaction, and co-pay support at a Connecticut cancer hospital.

Follow-up Calls, Clinician Assessment May Identify Patients Who Need Adherence Support

Follow-up Calls, Clinician Assessment May Identify Patients Who Need Adherence Support

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Follow-up telephone calls and clinician assessment may be an effective strategy to identify early which patients require support with adhering to oral cancer therapy.

Precision Medicine Resource Center Improves Patient Education

Precision Medicine Resource Center Improves Patient Education

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A nurse-managed precision cancer treatment education resource center may improve information dissemination about genomic health and targeted therapy.

Inpatient Oral Chemotherapy Administration Process Developed to Comply With Safety Standards

Inpatient Oral Chemotherapy Administration Process Developed to Comply With Safety Standards

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Instituting a Chemotherapy Safety Committee and developing an administration process successfully standardized the inpatient oral chemotherapy administration process.

Formal Nursing Practice Promotes Patient Safety With Oral Chemotherapy

Formal Nursing Practice Promotes Patient Safety With Oral Chemotherapy

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A formal nursing practice was developed to promote patient safety and adherence with oral chemotherapy.

Routine Screen Reduced Hospital-acquired Pneumonia on an Oncology Telemetry Unit

Routine Screen Reduced Hospital-acquired Pneumonia on an Oncology Telemetry Unit

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Implementation of the Massey Bedside Swallowing Screen and strict oral care regimens in high-risk patients reduced the rate of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) at an oncology treatment center.

Central Venous Catheter Self-management Education Program Effective

Central Venous Catheter Self-management Education Program Effective

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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

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

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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 Reduces CLABSI Rates

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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

Hygiene Practice Interventions Reduced CLABSI on an Inpatient Oncology Unit

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Nurses Can Minimize, Prevent Complications of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome

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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

MASCC Tool Improves Documentation of Dermatologic Toxicities of TKIs

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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 Ideal for Educating Patients on Portal Vein Thrombosis

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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

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

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

Nursing Considerations Regarding Fentanyl Sublingual Spray Titration

Nursing Considerations Regarding Fentanyl Sublingual Spray Titration

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Treatment of breakthrough cancer pain is an important component of care for patients, and nurses should consider various factors when titrating the dose of fentanyl sublingual spray to an effective dose.

Risk-specific Prevention Strategies Effectively Reduce Falls on Malignant Hematology Unit

Risk-specific Prevention Strategies Effectively Reduce Falls on Malignant Hematology Unit

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High-risk medications can increase falls in patients undergoing treatment for malignant hematology, but implementing risk-specific fall prevention strategies can ameliorate the effects of the drugs.

Research Unit Aims To Train Nurses to Provide Better Care to Clinical Trial Patients

Research Unit Aims To Train Nurses to Provide Better Care to Clinical Trial Patients

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A research unit created by oncology nurses trains nurses to provide high quality care to patients in oncology clinical trials.

Nurse Residency Programs Can Impact Oncology Nursing Practice, Outcomes

Nurse Residency Programs Can Impact Oncology Nursing Practice, Outcomes

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An innovative and robust nurse residency program that includes an evidence-based practice project, can impact oncology nursing practice and outcomes.

Clinical Trial Infusion Nurse Orientation Improves Care for Patients in Investigational Studies

Clinical Trial Infusion Nurse Orientation Improves Care for Patients in Investigational Studies

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A clinical trial infusion nurse orientation improves training for nurses so they can better care for patients participating in investigational trials.

Simulation-based Learning Improves Confidence, Competency in Treatment Administration

Simulation-based Learning Improves Confidence, Competency in Treatment Administration

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Simulation-based learning improved the confidence and skills of oncology nurses in chemotherapy-biotherapy administration.

Novel Approach to Training Can Improve Transition to a New Hospital

Novel Approach to Training Can Improve Transition to a New Hospital

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A unique and comprehensive approach to training oncology nurses for transition to a new hospital with inpatient and outpatient services improved their confidence in working in the new building.

Retooled Patient Medication Education in Oncology Improves HCAHPS Survey Scores

Retooled Patient Medication Education in Oncology Improves HCAHPS Survey Scores

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Patient responses to the medication questions on the HCAHPS survey demonstrate improved understanding of their medications after implementation of an improved patient education process.

Patient Satisfaction Improves With Nurse-led Response to Patient Feedback

Patient Satisfaction Improves With Nurse-led Response to Patient Feedback

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A nurse-directed independent survey for patient feedback can inform measurable improvements in patient education and satisfaction survey scores.

Including Information on Breast Reconstruction Options Help Women Make Better Treatment Decisions

Including Information on Breast Reconstruction Options Help Women Make Better Treatment Decisions

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Comprehensive patient education that includes information on breast reconstruction, with photos, can help women with breast cancer make more informed decisions about their treatment options.

Oncology Nurse-led Team Can Reduce Treatment Delays, Hospitalizations for Patients With Head and Neck Cancer

Oncology Nurse-led Team Can Reduce Treatment Delays, Hospitalizations for Patients With Head and Neck Cancer

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An oncology nurse-led team approach can reduce treatment delays and hospitalizations and improve quality of care for patients with head and neck cancer.

AYA Patient Survivorship Program Created to Improve Quality of Life

AYA Patient Survivorship Program Created to Improve Quality of Life

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An AYA patient survivorship program jointly designed by a cancer institute and a community organization educates patients about their oncologic history and the effects of therapy, as well as provides resources to improve quality of life.

Oncology Nurses Should Be Aware of Complexities of Neuroendocrine Tumors

Oncology Nurses Should Be Aware of Complexities of Neuroendocrine Tumors

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Oncology nurses can play a pivotal role in diagnosis and management of the rare neuroendocrine tumors pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas.

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