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Infection Prevention

  • Updated:   5/16/2022
  • Contains:  91 items
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Zika virus: Facing a new threat

Simon, R. Bryan; Carpenetti, Tiffany L.

Nursing. 46(8):24-31, August 2016.

Worried patients are looking to their healthcare providers for information about the Zika virus and their personal risk. Update your knowledge about Zika virus infection, including how it's transmitted and what to teach patients about preventive measures.

Helping children survive sepsis

Duffy, Mary K.; Moloney-Harmon, Patricia A.

Nursing. 45(2):34-40, February 2015.

Severe sepsis in children is associated with alarming morbidity and mortality. Take this opportunity to update your knowledge of sepsis as outlined in the most recent guidelines from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, including evidence-based nursing considerations for newborns and children.

Screening nurses for tuberculosis

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 45(1):60-64, January 2015.

Nurses who keep up to date on the latest guidelines for testing and treatment can safeguard their own health and prevent TB transmission to coworkers, family, and vulnerable patients.

Intracolonic administration of vancomycin for Clostridium difficile infection

Grimm, Madelene; Rafael, Teofila

Nursing. 44(9):58-60, September 2014.

Update your knowledge about this effective therapy and review best practice recommendations for treating this potentially deadly disease.

Fire up to beat the threat of bacterial meningitis

Miller, April

Nursing. 43(12):52,58-58, December 2013.

When bacterial meningitis strikes, rapid assessment, diagnosis, and treatment can save the patient's life. Be prepared to act fast to prevent death or serious complications such as brain damage.

Hepatitis goes viral

Harris, Helene; Crawford, Ann

Nursing. 43(11):38-43, November 2013.

Update your knowledge about five types of viral hepatitis, including how diagnosis, treatment, and nursing care differ depending on the causative pathogen. Reading this article will help prepare you to minimize the risk of serious complications and educate patients about self care.

Hidden dangers: Non-Lyme tick-borne diseases

Simon, R. Bryan

Nursing. 43(9):48-54, September 2013.

Lyme disease often hogs the spotlight, but many other tick-borne illnesses can be more harmful—and in some cases, fatal. Update your knowledge about seven infections transmitted by ticks, including distinguishing signs and symptoms, and teach patients how to minimize risks.

Targeting Lyme disease

Marchese, Nicole Mae; Primer, Shannon Renee

Nursing. 43(5):28-33, May 2013.

Can you recognize signs and symptoms of this common vector-borne disease? Update your knowledge of the latest diagnostic criteria and treatment guidelines, then take a bite out of Lyme disease by teaching your patients about prevention measures.

Cat scratch disease

McGraw, Mark

Nursing. 43(2):50-54, February 2013.

Although associated with cats, this infection can be carried by many other creatures, including dogs, horses, and certain ticks and flies. Here's the lowdown on how to recognize cat scratch disease and what to teach patients about it.

Beyond mainstream: Making the case for fecal bacteriotherapy

Myers, Frank

Nursing. 41(12):50-53, December 2011.

This headline-grabbing treatment for Clostridium difficile-associated gastrointestinal disease is gaining support among infectious disease experts. Learn why a fecal transplant can fight stubborn bacterial infections, when it's indicated, and how you should educate and support your patient.

Listen closely to detect healthcare-associated pneumonia

Dobbin, Kathleen; Howard, Valerie

Nursing. 41(7):59-62, July 2011.

Acquired in healthcare settings, this new category of pneumonia is more complicated and potentially more deadly than community-acquired pneumonia. Here's how to recognize and manage this emerging threat.

Post-polio syndrome: unraveling the mystery

LaRocco, Susan A.

Nursing. 41(2):26-29, February 2011.

Polio survivors can experience symptoms again long after their recovery. Review the basics of this disabling disorder so you'll be prepared to educate and support affected patients.

HIV: The changing epidemic

Kirton, Carl A.

Nursing. 41(1):36-43, January 2011.

Of the 1.1 million Americans with HIV, more than 20% don't know they're infected. Make sure you're screening patients appropriately, then help educate those diagnosed with HIV about the latest treatment advances.

Sepsis alert: Avoiding the shock


Nursing. 40(4):34-38, April 2010.

Sepsis kills. Your rapid response and aggressive care can help prevent shock and turn the tide for a critically ill patient.

3 bad bugs

Delahanty, Kim; Myers, Frank

Nursing. 40(3):24-30, March 2010.

What you need to know about three dangerous infections increasingly prevalent in hospitalized patients: a new, multidrug-resistant form of MRSA; "Acinetobacter" baumannii, a threat to soldiers in Iraq as well as stateside; and a strain of Clostridium difficile that constantly produces toxins

Battling VAP from a new angle

Luttenberger, Kristen

Nursing. 40(2):52-55, February 2010.

Read this inspiring account of how nurses in one unit investigated the impact of head-of-bed elevation on rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia and initiated nursing practice changes that improved patient care.