ONS Congress 2013

Preventing Catheter-Associated UTIs Goal of Comprehensive Education Program

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An initiative to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections provided the nursing staff with the best evidence for the care of the oncology patient with an indwelling urinary catheter, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

High Dose Cytarabine Neurological Assessment Guide Streamlines Symptom Documentation

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A neurological assessment guide has helped nurses to assess and document the use of high-dose cytarabine, according to research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Oral Electrolyte Replacement as Effective as IV Replacement in Adult Oncology Population

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Oral electrolyte replacement is as effective as intravenous replacement in the adult oncology population, research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress has shown.

MuGard™ Use Reduces Oral Mucositis in Patients Receiving Head and Neck Radiation Therapy

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Preventative MuGard, a mucoadhesive oral protectant, reduces oral mucositis and weight loss, lessening the need for narcotic use in patients undergoing head and neck radiation therapy, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Oral Chemotherapy Protocol Increases Documentation of Patient Education, Adherence

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An Oral Chemotherapy Nursing Practice Protocol increases documentation of patient education, follow-up calls and early symptom assessment, and adherence monitoring, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Identifying 'Probable' Sources of Nosocomial Infections on a BMT ICU Point to Areas Needing Cleaning

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An intervention that studied areas of a hospital that were contaminated helped to reduce the number of bacterial colonies on that floor, hopefully reducing the number of nosocomial infections, according to research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Oncology Nursing Tools Help Assess, Manage Hand-Foot Syndrome in Pilot Study of Topical Sildenafil

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Topical 1% sildenafil cream is well-tolerated, feasible to administer, and may help mitigate hand-foot syndrome, found research presented at the 38th ONS Annual Congress.

Neurologic Assessment Tool Reduces Likelihood of Toxicity from High-dose Cytosine Arabinoside

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A neurologic assessment tool resulted in holding the dose of cytosine arabinoside for three separate patients, with no significant neurologic, cerebellar toxicity observed, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

"4MAT" System Promotes Patient Adherence to ONS PEP Radiation Dermatitis Guidelines

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"4MAT" education can help individualize and optimize patient use of an evidence-based skin care protocol based on the ONS Putting Evidence into Practice guidelines for radiation dermatitis, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

High-Fidelity Simulation Safely Teaches Chemotherapy Administration

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High-fidelity simulation as a teaching modality for a chemotherapy administration practicum is safe and effective, readily accepted, and helps bridge the transition to the clinical environment, found research presented at the 38th ONS Annual Congress.

Project Improves Knowledge, Skills of Non-Chemotherapy Nurse Providers in Caring for Patients Requiring Chemotherapy

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A program that educates non-chemotherapy provider nurses about how to administer and safely handle chemotherapy drugs improved their knowledge and skills, found research presented at the 38th ONS Annual Congress,

Nurses Need Better End-of-Life Tools to Help in Caring for Terminally Ill Patients

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Survey results presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress indicated a "marked disparity" between doctors and nurses regarding knowledge and attitudes about end-of-life treatment decisions.

Study Recommends Use of Professional Temporal Thermometer in Adults

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Research supports use of the Exergen professional TAT-5000 temporal thermometer as a noninvasive alternative to measure temperature in adult patients to detect febrile neutropenia, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

A Closed-System Drug Transfer Device Helps Reduce Exposure to Hazardous Drugs

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Implementing closed-system transfer devices minimized variability in infusion setup of hazardous drugs, which also limited occupational exposure while standardizing administration, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Advanced Practice RN Independent Model of Care Positions Cancer Center for Success

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The Advanced Practice RN independent model of care provides appropriate utilization, efficiency, and professional development in an oncology outpatient setting, according to research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Active Leptospermum Honey Heals Clinically Complex or Chronic Wounds

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Oncology nurses should consider using active leptospermum honey in treating patients with cancer with clinically complex or chronic wounds, found research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Disabling Disruptive Behavior Requires Effective Communication Skills

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Providing education in effective communication skills is key to addressing disruptive behaviors in the oncology environment, a study presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress has found.

'Day of Rejuvenation' Helps Combat Compassion Fatigue

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A "Day of Rejuvenation" helped 90% of the urgent care center nurses at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to decrease stress levels associated with compassion fatigue, research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress has found.

Full Clinical Benefits of Regorafenib in mCRC Attainable When AEs Are Proactively Managed

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Adverse events associated with regorafenib are manageable with a proactive strategy that includes prophylactic treatment and education for the patient, caregiver, and healthcare provider, research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress has shown.

Nursing Safety Procedures Essential in Caring for Patients with NHL Receiving Radioimmunotherapy

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Nurses play a critical role in promoting safety for patients with indolent forms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma receiving radioimmunotherapy, according to research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Patients with Various Types, Stages of Cancer Highly Satisfied with Fentanyl Sublingual Spray for Breakthrough Pain

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Using fentanyl sublingual spray for breakthrough cancer pain leads to a high degree of patient satisfaction across a heterogeneous cohort, according to research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Holistic Nursing Measures Can Control Symptoms Associated with Cancer Treatments

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Nurses who incorporate healing touch, guided imagery, and massage into patient care can improve symptomatology and promote self-care, according to research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Less Neuropathy Observed with Nab- vs Solvent-Based Paclitaxel in Patients with NSCLC

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Data from this phase III trial will help nurses prepare for side effects of nab-paclitaxel in combination with carboplatin for first-line treatment of advanced NSCLC, according to data presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Using ESI to Triage Oncologic Emergencies Expedites Patient Care, Flow

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The Emergency Nurses Association-recommended Emergency Severity Index (ESI) expedited patient care and flow within an urgent care center of a comprehensive cancer center, according to research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

Evaluating Harm Scores in Incident Reporting Key to Improving Patient Safety

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A monitoring system for nurses and other health care providers helps ensure accuracy of harm scores in incident reporting, according to research presented at the ONS 38th Annual Congress.

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