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Chronic Opioid Use Observed in More Than 50% of Oropharynx Cancer Cases

Chronic Opioid Use Observed in More Than 50% of Oropharynx Cancer Cases

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Results of a retrospective review assessing the prevalence of chronic opioid use among patients with oropharynx cancer after surgery was presented at the 2018 American Head & Neck Society Annual Meeting.

Patients With Cancer Experience Greatest Symptom Burden Soon After Diagnosis

Patients With Cancer Experience Greatest Symptom Burden Soon After Diagnosis

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An analysis of ESAS scores identified factors that increased the odds patients with cancer would experience greater symptom burdens and at what points in the cancer experience this was more likely to occur.

Nursing Model of Flexibility, Collaboration Enhanced Overall Care, Outcomes, Practices

Nursing Model of Flexibility, Collaboration Enhanced Overall Care, Outcomes, Practices

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A study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference focused on redesigning CNS practice to mirror patient transitions throughout the continuum of care.

Aspiration Screening Reduces Aspiration Pneumonia Rates Among Hospitalized Patients

Aspiration Screening Reduces Aspiration Pneumonia Rates Among Hospitalized Patients

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Routine screening initiative results in improved aspiration rates in multiple units across an academic medical center, according to a study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Inpatient Sperm Banking Shortens Time to Fertility Consultation Before Cancer Treatment

Inpatient Sperm Banking Shortens Time to Fertility Consultation Before Cancer Treatment

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Collaboration with fertility nurse specialists can improve the timeliness of fertility consultations for patients of reproductive potential with cancer, a project presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference has shown.

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Rate of Colon Surgical Site Infections

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Rate of Colon Surgical Site Infections

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Study results presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference demonstrate the efficacy of SSI bundle element compliance and multidisciplinary clinical collaboration in reducing colon surgical site infections.

Initiative Aims to Improve Outcomes by Preventing Delirium in Hospitalized Patients

Initiative Aims to Improve Outcomes by Preventing Delirium in Hospitalized Patients

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The effectiveness of twice daily screenings for delirium was investigated in a study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Self-efficacy Measure May Be Used to Drive Interventions Post-SCT in Hematologic Cancers

Self-efficacy Measure May Be Used to Drive Interventions Post-SCT in Hematologic Cancers

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Researchers present findings of a study assessing the value of SESM evaluations in patients with hematologic cancer prior to undergoing SCT at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Clinical Nurse-Led Initiative Reduced Cancer Care Variations in Healthcare System

Clinical Nurse-Led Initiative Reduced Cancer Care Variations in Healthcare System

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A CNS-led initiative presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference identified inconsistencies in oncology care, and addressed and implemented corrective measures.

Association Between Improved Nutritional Status, Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients

Association Between Improved Nutritional Status, Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients

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Researchers sought to determine the effect of a standing order set for nutrition and assessment of hospitalized patients. Results were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Delirium Screening Tool Found Effective for Nurse Assessment of Delirium in Surgical Patients

Delirium Screening Tool Found Effective for Nurse Assessment of Delirium in Surgical Patients

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After assessing and addressing nurse knowledge of use of the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) tool, implementation of screening protocol improved interventions for older hospitalized patients who had undergone urological surgery. These results were presented in a poster at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Use of Antiseptic Swabs Significantly Reduce Incidence of CLABSIs

Use of Antiseptic Swabs Significantly Reduce Incidence of CLABSIs

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Results of a cross-over trial presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference demonstrate the efficacy of antiseptic device swabs in reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections in oncology patients with central venous catheters.

Clinical Alarm Fatigue Can Be Safely Eased With Widened Parameters

Clinical Alarm Fatigue Can Be Safely Eased With Widened Parameters

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Results of a pilot project that incorporated widened parameters on clinical alarms based on evidence-based recommendations were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Clinical Nurse Specialists' Influence Enhances Outcomes for Patients, Staff, Organization

Clinical Nurse Specialists' Influence Enhances Outcomes for Patients, Staff, Organization

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Highlights of the role for the CNS in the multidisciplinary perioperative clinical team were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Engaging Staff in Nurse Orientation Programs May Be Essential to Satisfaction, Retention

Engaging Staff in Nurse Orientation Programs May Be Essential to Satisfaction, Retention

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A revised orientation program that engaged CNS staff in new nurse orientation to the OR improved job satisfaction and staff retention.

Additional Clinical Support to Nurses Leads to Improved Patient-Centered Care

Additional Clinical Support to Nurses Leads to Improved Patient-Centered Care

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Effectiveness of daily rounding by a multidisciplinary team on improved staff communication and outcomes-oriented, patient-centered care was presented at the 2018 NACNS Annual Conference.

Peer-Driven Education Leads to Improved Sepsis Bundle Compliance, Outcomes

Peer-Driven Education Leads to Improved Sepsis Bundle Compliance, Outcomes

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Results of a project involving periodic surveys of nursing staff intended to assess familiarity with sepsis screening tool and sepsis bundle was presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.sep

Standardized Skills Lab Achieves Consistent Nursing Knowledge, Competency

Standardized Skills Lab Achieves Consistent Nursing Knowledge, Competency

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Results of a standardized skills lab designed to ensure consistent knowledge and competency across all adult care units were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Novel Air Assisted Technology Reduces Pressure Injuries When Repositioning Patients

Novel Air Assisted Technology Reduces Pressure Injuries When Repositioning Patients

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CNS-led team of investigators sought to determine if air-assisted technology could reduce patient, as well as nurse, injuries incurred when repositioning patients. Results were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Daily IGRT Regimen for Prostate Cancer Improves Rectal Toxicity, Not OS

Daily IGRT Regimen for Prostate Cancer Improves Rectal Toxicity, Not OS

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Researchers present findings of a comparison of daily image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) vs a weekly regimen in patients with N0 localized prostate cancer at the 2018 GU Cancers Symposium.

Partial Response Achieved With Atezolizumab, Cobimetinib in Pretreated CRC

Partial Response Achieved With Atezolizumab, Cobimetinib in Pretreated CRC

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Safety and efficacy of atezolizumab with cobimetinib for heavily pretreated metastatic CRC was demonstrated in a phase 1b study that was presented at the 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.

Novel Approach Can Improve Both Colorectal Cancer Screening Outcomes and Adherence

Novel Approach Can Improve Both Colorectal Cancer Screening Outcomes and Adherence

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Study results presented at the 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium demonstrated the sensitivity and specificity of the CMx biomimetic platform, a novel approach to detecting CRC and precancerous lesions that could improve screening rates.

Better Postoperative Outcomes With RAMIE for Esophageal Cancer

Better Postoperative Outcomes With RAMIE for Esophageal Cancer

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Research presented at the 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium described benefits seen with RAMIE vs chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy plus OTE for esophageal cancer.

SABCS: Modest Weight Loss Cuts Postmenopause Breast Cancer Risk

SABCS: Modest Weight Loss Cuts Postmenopause Breast Cancer Risk

Postmenopausal women with weight gain had increased risk of triple-negative breast cancer, research indicates.

High-Dose Dexamethasone Effective With Less Adverse Effects in ITP vs Corticosteroids

High-Dose Dexamethasone Effective With Less Adverse Effects in ITP vs Corticosteroids

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In this randomized trial, investigators sought to determine the effectiveness of high-dose dexamethasone vs conventional prednisone therapy in treatment-naïve patients with ITP. Results were presented at ASH 2017.

Aspirin Does Not Reduce Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Multiple Myeloma

Aspirin Does Not Reduce Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Multiple Myeloma

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A retrospective study, presented at ASH 2017, determined the effectiveness of aspirin in reducing risk of VTE in patients with multiple myeloma at high risk of developing VTE.

Ruxolitinib Beneficial in Hydroxyurea Resistant/Intolerant Polycythemia Vera

Ruxolitinib Beneficial in Hydroxyurea Resistant/Intolerant Polycythemia Vera

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Data presented at ASH 2017 confirm that ruxolitinib improves hematocrit control, hematologic remission, and reduction in spleen size in some patients with polycythemia vera who fail hydroxyurea.

Arterial Thrombotic Events Associated With First-line Nilotinib for CML in Older Adults

Arterial Thrombotic Events Associated With First-line Nilotinib for CML in Older Adults

A retrospective analysis of patients with CML determined prevalence of arterial thrombotic events in those receiving nilotinib as first-line treatment and prevalence by patient age. Data were presented at ASH 2017.

Quality of Life During Maintenance Therapy Better With Lower Dose, More Often

Quality of Life During Maintenance Therapy Better With Lower Dose, More Often

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Trial investigates which of 3 maintenance regimens of nab-paclitaxel has the most ideal impact on quality of life in patients with metastatic breast cancer. Results were presented at SABCS 2017.

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