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Wednesday, June 11, 2014  
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High Temperatures Are Not Regulated Well In The Elderly

Every time the temperatures soar and remain steadily high I think about the elderly. Seniors do not regulate their body temperature like they once did. As we age our body systems slow, and our ability to sweat is reduced, so we are unable to cool our bodies as they overheat. Add illnesses, medications that impair temperature regulation, and lack of sufficient fluid intake to a slowing body and an elderly person is much more susceptible to dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

If you have an elderly relative or neighbor please check on them frequently this week and whenever the temperatures remain high. If they have no air conditioning and you have a fan you can spare, or provide, it will help them to remain cool. 

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Campus News

Preparing Flush Syringes from a Common-Source Bag of Saline Leads to Infection Outbreak
Have you ever witnessed a facility or clinic that used the practice of drawing saline flush syringes out of a common saline bag? Typically this practice is used to save money, but what price did the patients pay?

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I.V. Solution Shortages Affecting Healthcare Providers Across the Nation
Shortages of IV fluids are affecting healthcare providers in all settings across the nation. Oncology offices, rural healthcare providers and acute care providers report the shortages are affecting patient care.  

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Most people immediately think of tremors and muscle stiffness when asked to name a symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD).  But what about symptoms that can’t be seen, only experienced by the people living with this progressive neurological disease?
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