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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Safety Solutions issue – an overview
For nurse leaders in search of current research and perspectives on a wide range of patient care considerations, look no further than Nursing Management’s new Safety Solutions special. As part of our November issue, the annual Safety Solutions guide features the latest on topics ranging from mental health and informatics to medication administration and staffing. Here’s a quick look at this year’s coverage.

Mental health was the focus of the continuing-education feature “Suicide risk assessment and prevention.” This article discusses the importance of ensuring that your nursing team is adequately trained in patient suicide risk assessment and appropriate follow-up prevention, and offers concrete steps you and your staff members can take to reduce the risk of patient suicide attempts.  

Our Informatics article, written by Nursing Management Editorial Board member Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, explores clinical decision support tools that can help clinicians by taking over routine tasks, warning of potential problems, or providing suggestions for the clinical team and patient to consider. We highlight infection control with “Changing practice, saving lives,” which describes one neurosurgical ICU unit’s project to achieve a sustained decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Medicine administration takes center stage in “Blame: What does it looks like?” This article uses a medication error case study to distinguish between blame and accountability.
 
Infusion and monitoring topics are also included. “Vascular access: HD patients’ perceived knowledge and practices” reports on a study evaluating patients’ awareness of complications linked with tunneled central venous catheters and their interrelated practices. “Factors associated with falls among hospital inpatients” presents a mixed-methods study, which concluded that most impatient falls can be eliminated or significantly reduced if nursing staff members adhere to high-reliability organization principles.

“Cultural considerations for hepatitis B vaccination compliance” focuses on communication by recounting one hospital’s initiative to increase hepatitis B vaccine administration rates within its Orthodox Jewish patient population. The topic of staffing rounds out the issue in “Hospital staffing technology: Hazard and opportunity risks,” which considers the risks and mitigation strategies associated with deploying a web-based staffing application across an integrated multi-hospital system.

The full issue can be viewed online here.