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COVID-19: NP Supporting Skilled Nursing Facilities
When the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed nursing homes across the nation, Cedars-Sinai nurse practitioner Alexandra Eskin, MSN, worried about the staff members she sees every day at eight skilled nursing facilities near the medical center.
"They were hit pretty hard with COVID-19," said Eskin, who helps manage the care of patients discharged from Cedars-Sinai to partner facilities. "They didn't have all the personal protective equipment (PPE) they needed, and I wanted to help."
With the aid of her husband, Eugene Eskin, Alexandra bought a 3D printer and began making face shields that nursing home staff could wear as eye protection. These clear plastic screens, secured to the forehead with a crownlike headband, protect the eyes from droplets or splashes that could carry the novel coronavirus during close contact with patients.
Eugene, a financial executive and hobbyist, figured out on
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Kentucky ICU Nurse Balanced Care for COVID Patients with Steps to Protect her Daughter with Rare Liver Disease
Kentucky ICU nurse Emily Ventura was on the front lines in treating patients with COVID-19, working long and stress-filled hours and supporting colleagues as they worked to manage the pandemic. Unlike many of her colleagues, though, she confronted another set of risks and challenges caused by COVID when her shift was over. Emily’s eight-year-old daughter Cedar lives with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC), a rare, genetic liver disease. The life-threatening condition, for which she has received liver transplant, leaves Cedar severely immunocompromised. Consequently, Emily takes extra precautions to protect her daughter from infection.
In patients with PFIC, a genetic defect impairs the ability of the liver to excrete bile acids. As a result, these acids accumulate in the liver and blood stream, causing liver damage that worsens over time and can lead to cirrhosis or l
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New Survey Findings from 21K US Nurses: PPE Shortages Persist, Re-Use Practices on the Rise Amid COVID-19 Pandem
The American Nurses Association (ANA) released new findings from a nationwide COVID-19 survey that indicate personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages persist and re-use practices for single-use PPE are on the rise, despite a lack of standard practices and evidence of safety.
More than 21,000 U.S. nurses working across many health care settings responded to ANA’s latest survey. According to the new findings, 42% of nurses say they are still experiencing widespread or intermittent PPE shortages. Findings on PPE re-use and decontamination showed little improvement. Over half of nurses (+15% from May) report that they are re-using single-use PPE, like N95 masks, for five or more days and 68% say reuse is required by their facility’s policy. The decontamination of N95 masks is a practice that
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Studies by AHN Neurologists Improve Understanding of Stroke Therapy Risks in Patients with Chronic Health Conditions
Intravenous thrombolysis may put stroke patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) at a higher risk for intracranial bleeding and mortality, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology by researchers at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute. The study, “Intravenous thrombolysis in patients with chronic kidney disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” surveyed various studies published across different countries and assessed the association of CKD among more than 60,000 acute ischemic stroke patients undergoing IV thrombolytic therapy.
According to the CDC, stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year, accounting for approximately one out of every 20 deaths. Nearly 90 percent of strokes are classified as acute ischemic strokes which take place when a blood clot or narrowed artery obstructs blood flow to the brain. Within minutes, the lac