A new method for closing skin tears in elderly patients

Using a combination of sutures and Steri-Strips can help close skin tears in elderly patients with fragile skin.

How much sleep do we really need?

Although an average of 8 hours is recommended, people may need to sleep more or less than that.

Don't overlook subtle signs for vertigo in the elderly

Geriatric patients often require an extensive workup to rule out other problems before they are given the diagnosis of vertigo.

Acute abdominal pain, fever may signify diverticulitis

In older patients who complain of fever and lower abdominal pain, consider diverticulitis, especially if the patient has a previous diagnosis of diverticulosis.

Muscle pain in older adults may be polymyalgia rheumatica

Asking older patients about their muscle pain can help prevent undiagnosed polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis.

Role transition 101: Facing a parent's end of life

Opening the door to real emotional engagement from a family member's illness can make it hard to close when it comes to patients.

Cultural awareness important in end-of-life care

Being aware of cultural and familial background is helpful when providing palliative care to Hispanic patients.

Treating sleep disorders in the geriatric population

As the U.S. population ages, clinicians can expect more geriatric patients seeking evaluation and treatment for sleep disorders.

Suspect post-polio syndrome in older patients with OSA

As the population ages remember that patients who are in their late 50s or older may have had polio as a child. Are you prepared to recognize post-polio syndrome symptoms?

Expanding your legal nurse consulting business

Medicare Set Aside courses and life care planning are great opportunities for those experienced with the financial aspects of Medicare and Medicaid.

Music therapy in palliative care

The therapeutic use of music, particularly among those who are terminally ill, has tremendous benefits.

Breaking down barriers to care

Why isn't the shingles vaccine more popular? Some say it's too expensive to keep in stock.

Patients deserve to hear tough news

Research shows that most Americans would want to know if they were severely ill and likely to die.

Polymedication: You can cut seniors' risk

A patient is at risk for one medication error per day, and about one-fourth of related injuries are preventable.

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