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5 Ways Automated Dispensing Machines Improve Patient Safety

One potential mechanism to improve hospital efficiency and patient safety is the automated dispensing cabinet (ADC). An ADC is a decentralized medication distribution system that provides computer controlled storage, dispensing, and tracking of medications. Hospital pharmacists have been exploring strategies for improving patient safety in the hospital setting, and the ADC – also called an Read More

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UV Safety Prevents Eye Disease

Overexposure to UV rays can cause cataracts; eye cancer; photokeratitis, or temporary sun blindness; and pterygium, also known as surfer’s eye. While many people have gotten smarter about protecting their skin from the sun, people still forget to take precautions to protect their eyes. For example, according to an online survey, about 53 percent of Read More

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Remembering Innovator and Medical Educator Dr. Michael S. Gordon

Michael S. Gordon, MD, Ph.D., was the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education. He passed away suddenly on July 7, 2017. He was 80 years old. Gordon is recognized for being an innovator in medical education and simulation. He was instrumental in creating emergency training programs Read More

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Teaching Workplace Violence Prevention

Workplace violence is an obstacle for healthcare professionals, and shouldn’t be ignored or labeled “part of the job.” Nurses must be able to provide care without concern for their personal safety. It’s in the best interest of the healthcare professional, facility, and patient to take steps to avoid workplace violence. In the free, online course Read More

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Seriousness in Simulation: Simulated Participants

The foundation of healthcare simulation is patient safety. In the not-so-distant past, students learned primarily from lectures and textbooks, with a smattering of skills practice before being ushered into the clinical setting and assigned a real, live patient to apply what they had learned. By introducing hands-on training in the safety of a simulation lab, Read More

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Top 5 Employment Law Matters Managers Should Know

Managers share an important role with Human Resources professionals to ensure their team and company are remaining compliant with numerous employment laws. The following Federal Laws govern a majority of employment issues managers deal with throughout their career. It is important for individuals in a management role to become familiar with the basics of these Read More

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3 Arguments to Make for Using Demo Dose

In 2005, Demo Dose® Simulated Medication was created to provide educators with a tool to teach medication administration and management. It fits in perfectly with the vision at Pocket Nurse®, which is to improve educational experiences and outcomes by providing simulation solutions. Prior to Demo Dose, educators would seek expired medications to use in the Read More

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Improving Health by Quitting Smoking

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Fortunately, smoking and tobacco use have declined since the mid-1960s, but they are still putting people, including children, at risk for preventable conditions. Tobacco use harms every organ in the body, with more than 16 million Americans living with Read More