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Tuesday, November 05, 2013  
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November is Alzheimers Awareness Month

Every 70 seconds, another American family is affected by Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s is a complex neurological disease that is the most common form of dementia.  More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s and more than 10 million are caring for a loved one with the disease.
Alzheimer's symptoms vary. The stages below provide a general idea of how abilities change during the course of the disease.
  • Stage 1: No impairment
  • Stage 2: Very mild decline
  • Stage 3: Mild decline
  • Stage 4: Moderate decline
  • Stage 5: Moderately severe decline
  • Stage 6: Severe decline
  • Stage 7: Very severe decline
Not everyone will experience the same symptoms or progress at the same rate. This seven-stage framework is based on a system developed by Barry Reisberg, M.D., clinical director of the New York University School of Medicine's Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center.

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Alzheimers Association Statement on Screening for Cognitive Impairments
It is estimated that as many as 50 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia do not receive a formal diagnosis.

In addition, when a diagnosis is received, it is often after the dementia has progressed significantly.

The Alzheimer's Association supports efforts that increase early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's by trained professionals in a medical setting — such as through the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. 

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Are You Driven to Fix
Nurses, physicians, caregivers, and family alike tell me that they often feel helpless, hopeless, and useless at the end of a patient’s life. When we change our focus and our goal from fixing to connecting we realize the potential to make a difference in any challenge and any circumstance. Whether it is companioning during the dying process or listening to someone’s grief, we can be helpful, hopeful, and useful with our compassionate presence. As Naomi Rachel Remen teaches so eloquently, service is what we are, not what we do.

When we go to someone in need with an open heart and our belief that there is potential for peace…when we believe in the patient’s ability to grow, and in our ability to be present…when we participate, instead of fix, we companion a fellow human being and that, indeed, changes the experience of illness, dying, and grief.
Posted: 11/4/2013 1:48:47 PM

Burnout Prevention for Nurses
In 40 years specializing in stress and burnout, one thing is clear to me. Burnout is the result of people working in conflict with their deepest values.

Nurses have the capacity to work tirelessly and hard for years when they feel good about themselves and the value of their work. Working for prolonged periods with no personal satisfaction from the effort is a situation ripe for burnout. While physical stress is tiring, the spiritual stress of being out of harmony with your truth, your values, is devastating.

In the fast paced, short staffed, techno world of medicine, it is easy to go for days without having those special, vital moments with patients you treasure. Moving fast, attending to tasks rather than people is a sure set up for nurse burnout.
Posted: 11/4/2013 1:17:31 PM

Pneumatic Compression Therapy Part 3
The first part of this series discussed the fact that there are three distinct modes of pneumatic compression therapies and they have explained that the purpose of this series is to educate nurses and other caregivers about these various systems, since they are not well known or well understood in the general health care professional community. This lack of understanding in compression therapy can cause confusion and uncertainty. The lack of knowledge results in a delay in providing the patient with the appropriate therapy, particularly when the prescribing physician scribbles a vague order such as "compression booties", leaving the nurse to try to decipher what is meant.
Posted: 10/29/2013 12:15:07 PM

Featured Author: Donald Wood

  Donald Wood attended Florida Junior College, graduating in 1973 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. This was the start of a lifelong career in nursing that continues to the present. Donald trained as a nurse anesthetist in Columbia, South Carolina, from 1975 to 1977. Since then, he has administered regional and general anesthesia in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings with patients from 3 days to 104 years old.  
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