ONS 2017

Evolving Education Initiative Keeps Nurses Up-to-Date on CAR T Cell Therapy Best Practices

Evolving Education Initiative Keeps Nurses Up-to-Date on CAR T Cell Therapy Best Practices

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A multidisciplinary education initiative was instrumental in preparing nursing and clinical staff for the challenges of managing care and follow-up of patients undergoing CAR-T therapy.

Significant Reductions in CLABSIs Achieved With Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing in Oncology Population

Significant Reductions in CLABSIs Achieved With Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing in Oncology Population

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Daily CHG bathing can safely reduce CLABSIs in oncology patients with central lines, with small variations in efficacy of the practice due to differences in patient population, work processes, and team engagement.

Journaling Improves Adherence to Skin Self-Care During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Journaling Improves Adherence to Skin Self-Care During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

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Weekly journaling with oncology nurse review ensures adherence to skin self-care in women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Cognitively Engaging Activities Often Discontinued After Treatment of Primary Brain Tumors

Cognitively Engaging Activities Often Discontinued After Treatment of Primary Brain Tumors

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Survivors of primary brain tumors tend to freely discontinue cognitively engaging activities to compensate for diminishing cognitive function after treatment completion.

Mitochondrial Bioenergetics Profile Indicates Likelihood of Radiation-Induced Fatigue in Prostate Cancer

Mitochondrial Bioenergetics Profile Indicates Likelihood of Radiation-Induced Fatigue in Prostate Cancer

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Mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation rate in lymphocytes of patients with nonmetastatic prostate cancer appears to be associated with fatigue.

Standardized Assessment Tool Prevents Chemotherapy-Induced Neurotoxicity

Standardized Assessment Tool Prevents Chemotherapy-Induced Neurotoxicity

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Standardized tool improved efficiency and thoroughness of patient assessment and documentation of neurotoxicity caused by high-dose cytarabine.

CAR T Cells: Keeping Pace With Adverse Effects of an Emerging Therapy

CAR T Cells: Keeping Pace With Adverse Effects of an Emerging Therapy

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The oncology nurses' role in monitoring and early recognition of the signs and symptoms of CAR T-cell toxicities is significant considering the potential severity of these adverse effects.

Survivorship Care Plans Specific to Head and Neck Cancers Enable Transition to Posttreatment Care

Survivorship Care Plans Specific to Head and Neck Cancers Enable Transition to Posttreatment Care

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Disease-specific survivorship care plans (SCPs) for head and neck cancer support a successful transition to a healthy lifestyle after curative intent therapy of larynx and oral cavity/pharynx cancer.

Standardized Discharge Education Plan Improves Patient Outcomes, Satisfaction

Standardized Discharge Education Plan Improves Patient Outcomes, Satisfaction

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Preparing patients to manage their care at home enhances patient safety, decreases the frequency of unnecessary emergency center visits and unplanned readmissions, and improves patient satisfaction.

Education and Coaching Are Necessary to Treat Oropharyngeal Cancers After Chemoradiotherapy

Education and Coaching Are Necessary to Treat Oropharyngeal Cancers After Chemoradiotherapy

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A literature review noted improvements in quality of life after patients were coached and educated following radiotherapy for HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers.

New Closed System Drug Transfer Device Can Reduce Nurse Exposure to Antineoplastic Hazardous Drugs

New Closed System Drug Transfer Device Can Reduce Nurse Exposure to Antineoplastic Hazardous Drugs

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A new CSTD significantly reduced surface contamination during a simulated antineoplastic hazardous drug administration when compared to baseline.

Program Developed To Provide Cancer Screening Services for Under/Un-Insured Asian Indio Women

Program Developed To Provide Cancer Screening Services for Under/Un-Insured Asian Indio Women

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Researchers summarize the program development, outcomes, and lessons learned from a program that provided cancer screening services for under/uninsured Asian Indio women.

Nursing Protocol Enhances Care of the Family at End of Life in the Hospital Setting

Nursing Protocol Enhances Care of the Family at End of Life in the Hospital Setting

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A pilot project of a protocol for optimizing care of the family at end-of-life.

Standardized Process for Assessing Chemotherapy Appointments Improves Patient Wait Times

Standardized Process for Assessing Chemotherapy Appointments Improves Patient Wait Times

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Prior assessment of patients and review of infusion orders by an interprofessional ACE team can significantly reduce patient wait times, prevent same-day inefficiencies, and reduce wasted chemotherapy doses.

Improving Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management in Multidisciplinary Radiation Oncology Setting

Improving Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management in Multidisciplinary Radiation Oncology Setting

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Nurse-led project at an urban outpatient radiation oncology center not only achieved improved patient satisfaction regarding pain management.

Guideline-driven Initiative Improves Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates Among aHSCT Recipients

Guideline-driven Initiative Improves Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates Among aHSCT Recipients

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A nurse-led team developed a tracking tool that created a vaccination schedule from transplant date forward for autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.

Online Module Seeks to Educate Nurses on the Identification and Management of Hypersensitivity Reactions to Chemotherapy

Online Module Seeks to Educate Nurses on the Identification and Management of Hypersensitivity Reactions to Chemotherapy

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Hypersensitivity reactions in patients receiving chemotherapy are not common, but their serious nature requires that oncology nurses be able to manage them when they occur.

Nursing and Patient Education on Immunotherapy-related Adverse Events

Nursing and Patient Education on Immunotherapy-related Adverse Events

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The unique adverse events related to treatment with immunotherapy require a proactive approach in the assessment of side effects and patient education.

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