Wound pruritus: prevalence, aetiology and treatment

n itch is defined as an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch. The term ‘pruritus’ has also been used to refer to itching, and the terms are often used interchangeably, although it has been argued that pruritus is a condition in which itch is present without a specific cause.

via Wound pruritus: prevalence, aetiology and treatment.

Linda M. Gorman – Bad News: It’s All in the Delivery | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams

Diane Meier, MD, and the Director of CAPC (Center for Advancement of Palliative Care), challenges healthcare professions to view giving bad news as a medical procedure. By that, she means it’s something that takes extensive training, observation, and practice. It’s not something you send a junior resident in to do when the attending is occupied with other things.

via Linda M. Gorman – Bad News: It’s All in the Delivery | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams.

The Dangers of Loneliness: Findings from a Study among Appalachian Elders | Off the Charts

Writing for AJN in 1955, Hildegard Peplau described the complexities of loneliness, observing that “often loneliness is not felt; instead the person has a feeling of unexplained dread, of desperation, or extreme restlessness.”  Fast-forward to 2009: nurse researchers Laurie Theeke and Jennifer Mallow wanted to better understand the health implications of loneliness, and decided to conduct a study.

via The Dangers of Loneliness: Findings from a Study among Appalachian Elders | Off the Charts.

A pilot study on the potential of remote support to enhance wound care for nursing-home patients

An audit of wounds in Bradford and Airedale showed that wound management is an issue in all health-care settings, particularly in nursing homes, where access to specialist wound-care services is often difficult owing to funding issues, and the underlying care needs and mobility problems of the patient population.

via A pilot study on the potential of remote support to enhance wound care for nursing-home patients.

All stroke patients should have access to rehabilitation, skilled nursing care: American Heart Association – McKnight’s Long Term Care News

Every person who has a stroke should have access to needed rehabilitation and skilled nursing services regardless of how they are financing their healthcare, according to a new policy recommendation from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

via All stroke patients should have access to rehabilitation, skilled nursing care: American Heart Association – McKnight’s Long Term Care News.

Sleep Disturbance, Chronic Stress, and Depression in Hospice Nurses: Testing the Feasibility of an Intervention – Oncology Nursing Forum – Volume 40, Number 5 / September 2013 – Oncology Nursing Society

Additional longitudinal study is needed to investigate the effectiveness of CBT-I interventions to improve self-care among hospice nurses who are at high risk for compassion fatigue and, subsequently, leaving hospice care.

via Sleep Disturbance, Chronic Stress, and Depression in Hospice Nurses: Testing the Feasibility of an Intervention – Oncology Nursing Forum – Volume 40, Number 5 / September 2013 – Oncology Nursing Society.

Spotlight on End-of-Life Research | National Institute of Nursing Research

Spotlight on End-of-Life Research | National Institute of Nursing Research.

NINR Releases EOL Report | ons connect

The National Institutes for Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) released its report entitled Building Momentum: The Science of End-of-Life and Palliative Care—A Review of Research Trends and Funding, 1997–2010.

via NINR Releases EOL Report | ons connect.

Validation of Self-Report Pain Scales in Children

The Faces Pain Scale–Revised and Color Analog Scale are self-report pain scales that are commonly used for children in the clinical and research settings.

via Validation of Self-Report Pain Scales in Children.

The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients – Springer

One in six people in acute hospitals experience UPAR pain on ‘at risk’ or PU skin sites; one in every 8 people without PUs and, more than 2 out of every five people with PUs. The results provide a clear indication that all patients should be asked if they have pain at pressure areas even when they do not have a PU.

via The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients – Springer.