Practice Management

The importance of sleep hygiene

The importance of sleep hygiene

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Read these tips that could help patients improve their sleep hygiene.

Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

Improving sleep in socioeconomically disadvantaged children

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Socioeconomically disadvantaged children have a higher rate of sleep difficulties than children from high-income households.

US spending on health care substantially increases, led by diabetes, ischemic heart disease

US spending on health care substantially increases, led by diabetes, ischemic heart disease

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Spending on diabetes, IHD, and lower back and neck pain account for the highest amounts of spending by disease category.

Tip for treating minor lacerations

Tip for treating minor lacerations

Treating lacerations properly requires benzoin, Steri-Strips, and a Dermabond to cover.

Converting pounds to kilograms

Converting pounds to kilograms

Converting pounds to kilograms in your head is easier than you think.

Celebrating a 1-year anniversary as an FNP

Celebrating a 1-year anniversary as an FNP

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An FNP reflects on the lessons he has learned in practice throughout the year.

FDA bans powdered surgeon's and patient examination gloves

FDA bans powdered surgeon's and patient examination gloves

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The FDA has issued a final ruling to ban powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's glove.

Clinician burnout negatively affects health care quality and safety

Clinician burnout negatively affects health care quality and safety

Healthcare provider burnout was negatively linked to quality and safety of health care.

Diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning

Diagnosing carbon monoxide poisoning

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Patients increase their chances of carbon monoxide exposure during the winter months.

Primary care clinician volume tied to quality of diabetes care

Primary care clinician volume tied to quality of diabetes care

Higher ambulatory volume was linked to lower quality of care and quality increased with higher diabetes-specific volume.

Palliative care: a guide for clinicians

Palliative care: a guide for clinicians

By initiating a conversation, primary care providers can identify specific end-of-life needs and goals, manage symptoms, and coordinate care.

VA grants veterans direct access to APRN care

VA grants veterans direct access to APRN care

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The VA ruled to grant veterans direct access to advanced practice registered nurses who work in the VA healthcare system.

Integrating nurse practitioners into intensive care units

Integrating nurse practitioners into intensive care units

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Ensuring successful integration of nurse practitioners into intensive care units includes orientation programs and leadership teams.

Team-based medicine, freeway style

Team-based medicine, freeway style

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Citizen responders assess and comfort patients in the aftermath of a car accident.

Life expectancy in United States declined in 2015

Life expectancy in United States declined in 2015

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From 2014 to 2015, the age-adjusted death rate for the total US population increased 1.2%.

Drone-delivered health care in rural Appalachia

Drone-delivered health care in rural Appalachia

Nurse practitioners make history with the first FAA-approved drone delivery of medications in the United States.

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

Lidocaine patches as an alternative pain solution

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Lidocaine patches may be effective for patients who are in pain but are looking to avoid drugs that could be addictive.

Rates and causes of emergency department visits for adverse drug events

Rates and causes of emergency department visits for adverse drug events

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Data regarding adverse drug events in the United States could help to focus medication safety initiatives in outpatient settings.

Voicing patient behaviors on social media

Voicing patient behaviors on social media

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Commenting about patient behaviors on Facebook is becoming a common practice among clinicians.

2016 NP Week focuses on increasing access to healthcare

2016 NP Week focuses on increasing access to healthcare

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The AANP celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week from November 13-19, 2016.

Tips for addressing negative reviews in patient care

Tips for addressing negative reviews in patient care

Doctor's responses should demonstrate willingness to take action to address the complaint.

Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

Implementing prescription drug monitoring programs

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Prescription drug monitoring programs allow prescribers to perform a statewide search to determine when a patient last had a controlled substance prescribed.

Telecommunicating with patients

Telecommunicating with patients

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Patient evaluations performed through teleconferencing may lack the accuracy of a physical exam.

DEA reverses plan to ban potential opioid alternative kratom

DEA reverses plan to ban potential opioid alternative kratom

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After public opposition, the DEA has withdrawn its plan to classify the kratom plant as a schedule 1 substance.

New clinical practice guidelines for red blood cell transfusion

New clinical practice guidelines for red blood cell transfusion

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The AABB evaluated studies that examined hemoglobin thresholds for red blood cell transfusion and red blood cell storage duration.

Quality of outpatient care not consistently improving

Quality of outpatient care not consistently improving

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The quality of clinical outpatient care has not consistently improved throughout the past decade.

Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

Using activity trackers to monitor transfusion-dependent patients

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Activity trackers may help transfusion-dependent patients estimate hemoglobin levels.

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

Should clinicians treat STIs before culture results are available?

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Treating patients at high risk of an STI before the culture results are available could lead to overtreatment.

Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

Athletic training: a path to becoming a physician assistant

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Many physician assistants come to the profession after working as certified athletic trainers.

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

Alternative treatments for patients with lidocaine allergies

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Alternative anesthetics can be used for patients who have a lidocaine allergy.

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