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Tuesday, February 11, 2014  
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Total Parenteral Nutrition or TPN Administration and Education

I recently saw a post in a popular nurse’s forum for LVN’s and LPN’s that made me cringe! As an infusion therapy educator I am aware scenarios like this are common and wanted to address some of the issues I see with Total Parenteral Nutrition administration within long term care facilities.

The particular post I saw went something like this: Has anyone ever heard of having total parenteral nutrition (TPN) in long term care or has anyone discharged a patient to a long term care facility with TPN? Personally I think the fifteen minute inservice we got is an accident waiting to happen. No one where I work has a clue about it.  If anyone has any tips for me that would be great. Thanks.

Posts after this did indeed include “tips” for TPN administration as well as another comment that “as an LPN/LVN they were not allowed to touch a TPN.”  I will give kudos to the nurse that posted her tips. The tips for the most part were correct, but not 100% accurate. 

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Campus News

MRI Agent Linked to Brain Abnormalities
For the first time, a new study has shown that the gadolinium may not be immediately eliminated and may instead persist in your body.1 The study compared brain images of patients who had undergone six or more contrast-enhanced MRI brain scans with those of patients who had received six or fewer unenhanced scans.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the better choices if you need a diagnostic imaging procedure performed. Unlike CT scans or X-rays, an MRI does not use ionizing radiation that may cause DNA damage or cancer.

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New Device for the Treatment of Bloodstream Infections
I recently came across a press release about a new product to help treat blood stream infections and remove pathogens from our banked blood supply. With the emergence of superbugs and the nasty antibiotic resistant bacteria we face today, I thought this device may be worth investigating.

The medical device company out of Berkley California ExThera Medical has reported success in independent laboratory studies that indicate the blood filtering device Seraph Microbind Affinity Blood Filter can remove a broad range of pathogens and toxins from whole blood.
Posted: 2/10/2014 1:06:19 PM

Recent Nursing Home Fires
The winter season can be a time of increased fire risk, and the importance of fire safety is something that cannot be ignored. Any fire is a frightening event for a community, but often a fire in a long-term care setting can bring grave consequences as the residents are often reliant on their caregivers to help get them to safety.

There have been two recent news accounts of devastating fires within long term care residences. Authorities said a Hereford Texas nursing home was evacuated after a storage closet caught fire.  The fire department has declared the blaze accidental believing the fire was caused by warm linens combusting.  The fire marshal reported “everyone is accounted for and everyone is safe”.  Damage from the blaze has left more than 60 nursing home residents displaced to neighboring long term care communities.
Posted: 2/5/2014 1:30:49 PM

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