Patient Safety

NCCIH HerbList App Launched to Provide Information on Herbal Products

NCCIH HerbList App Launched to Provide Information on Herbal Products

NIH app provides patients with scientific, research-driven info on safety, side effects, and herb-drug interactions.

Morphine, Oxycodone Package Inserts Most Likely to Have Storage, Disposal Information

Morphine, Oxycodone Package Inserts Most Likely to Have Storage, Disposal Information

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Investigators reviewed 6 opioid analgesics for package information on safe storage and disposal methods.

Root-Cause Analysis Reveals Better Recognition of Cancer-Related Suicide Triggers Is Needed

Root-Cause Analysis Reveals Better Recognition of Cancer-Related Suicide Triggers Is Needed

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Researchers reviewed data from the VA National Center for Patient Safety RCA database to identify mental health triggers that may precipitate cancer-related suicides.

Nonresearch Physician Compensation Linked to Opioid Prescription Rates

Nonresearch Physician Compensation Linked to Opioid Prescription Rates

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Researchers examine the possible impact that opioid products marketed by the pharmaceutical industry may have on clinician prescribing rates.

Evidence-Based Practices, No CLABSIs Achieved Through Quality Improvement

Evidence-Based Practices, No CLABSIs Achieved Through Quality Improvement

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Faced with an increasing CLABSI rate on their oncology unit, nurse leaders at this rural Northwest hospital surveyed their staff to identify the changes they needed to make. Implementing those changes resulted in a dramatic improvement in patient care outcomes.

Cancer Survivors May Be More Prone to Polypharmacy

Cancer Survivors May Be More Prone to Polypharmacy

In this study the records of 5,216 cancer survivors and 19,588 non-cancer controls were reviewed for patterns of prescription medication use and polypharmacy.

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.

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.

Gabapentin Improves Postoperative Opioid Cessation, But Not Pain Resolution

Gabapentin Improves Postoperative Opioid Cessation, But Not Pain Resolution

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Compared with placebo, gabapentin administered pre- and postoperatively may reduce the time to postoperative opioid cessation, but was not shown to improve postoperative pain resolution.

High Opioid Use Linked to Shorter Cancer Survival, Increased Health Care Use

High Opioid Use Linked to Shorter Cancer Survival, Increased Health Care Use

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Researchers sought to determine the link between opioid use among patients with advanced cancer and health care use such as urgent care, inpatient, and emergency room visits.

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Assist Opioid Treatment Decisions

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Assist Opioid Treatment Decisions

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Clinicians should use immunoassay screens and urine drug tests to determine compliance with chronic opioid therapy.

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

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A report on current legislation and practice trends regarding opioids and how they are affecting cancer patients' ability to manage their pain.

Specialized Interventions Reduce Aberrant Opioid Behaviors in Cancer Patients

Specialized Interventions Reduce Aberrant Opioid Behaviors in Cancer Patients

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Investigators the effectiveness of an intervention to reduce aberrant opioid-related behavior and use of opioids in patients with cancer receiving chronic opioid therapy.

CDC Launches Campaign to Battle Prescription Opioid Epidemic

CDC Launches Campaign to Battle Prescription Opioid Epidemic

The Rx Awareness campaign uses testimonials to educate the public, increase awareness about opioid abuse risks.

Opioids Overprescribed in Patients Undergoing Surgery

Opioids Overprescribed in Patients Undergoing Surgery

A significant variation in opioid prescribing practices was observed for each of 25 common elective procedures.

Sharp Increase in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations for Women

Sharp Increase in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations for Women

U.S. cases of opioid-related hospitalizations rose 75 percent for females versus 55 percent for males over a decade, researchers say

New Safety Concerns in One-Third of FDA-Approved Drugs 3 Years After Approval

New Safety Concerns in One-Third of FDA-Approved Drugs 3 Years After Approval

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New safety issues are detected in almost one-third of drugs approved by the US FDA in the first 3 years after approval.

Educational Program Improves Opioid Use Safety, Storage, and Disposal

Educational Program Improves Opioid Use Safety, Storage, and Disposal

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This study assessed whether the implementation of a patient educational program would improve patterns in the use, storage, and disposal of opioids among cancer outpatients.

GERD Medications May Affect Absorption of Oral Chemotherapeutic Agents

GERD Medications May Affect Absorption of Oral Chemotherapeutic Agents

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What is the interaction between oral chemotherapy and GERD medicines?

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Patient abuse of opioids costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of health care, lost productivity, and treatment programs.

Nearly One-Third of Older Patients With Cancer Are Exposed to Severe Drug Interactions

Nearly One-Third of Older Patients With Cancer Are Exposed to Severe Drug Interactions

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Nearly one-third of older patients with cancer are exposed to severe drug interactions and potentially inappropriate medications.

Risks for Injuries Increase During Period Before and After a Cancer Diagnosis

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Patients with cancer experience higher risks for injuries — both unintentional and intentional — in the weeks before and after a diagnosis of cancer is made.

Bordetella Pertussis Infection in Patients With Cancer

Bordetella Pertussis Infection in Patients With Cancer

[Cancer Control] Two cases of Bordetella pertussis infection that led to pneumonia in patients with cancer are reviewed.

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

Health experts note that opioids are prescribed too often, possibly because of poor training, and U.S. medical schools are expanding training to address the issue.

Health Care Workers' Gloves Can Be a Contamination Risk

Health Care Workers' Gloves Can Be a Contamination Risk

Significant evidence indicates that gloves of health care workers contaminate hospital surfaces with bacteria.

Novel Drug Manufacturing Technique Removes Excess Additives, Reduces Serious Allergic Reactions

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A breakthrough technique in the manufacture of injectable drugs removed surfactants in an effort to reduce serious allergic reactions and other side effects, making injectable medicines safer.

Long-Acting Opioids May Increase All-Cause Mortality Risk

Long-Acting Opioids May Increase All-Cause Mortality Risk

Much of the risk related to long-acting opioids is tied to cardiovascular complications, not overdoses.

Access to Investigational Drugs (Fact Sheet)

Access to Investigational Drugs (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet explains investigational drugs and the process by which cancer patients may obtain them.

CDC Introduces New 'Clean Hands Count' Campaign

CDC Introduces New 'Clean Hands Count' Campaign

Campaign urges health care professionals and patients and loved ones to keep hands clean.

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.

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