Tools to Manage Polypharmacy

Caregivers have a few tools and guidelines to manage polypharmacy, which is taking five or more medications daily. Polypharmacy affects older patients the most because of their age and a significant burden of decreased physical functioning. Adverse drug events (ADEs) lead to an increased risk of falls, increased delirium, more hospital admissions, and in the Read More

Keeping Patients Healthy for Happy Holidays

The holiday season presents challenges for all of us in terms of eating well, drinking in moderation, and getting exercise. Caregivers tending to patients have the additional obstacle of keeping their charges healthy throughout the season. Students can learn about how to talk to patients about staying safe and healthy this time of year. Some Read More

Polypharmacy and Deprescribing

The term “deprescribing” first appeared in medical literature in 2003. It describes the practice of backing off a prescribed medication when doses are too high, or stopping medications that are no longer needed. Deprescribing is a strategy to deal with polypharmacy, which is taking five or more medications daily. Polypharmacy is harmful because in older Read More

Art and Science of Developing a Scenario Library

Any paramedic program has the critical task of developing a specific scenario library. The development process must look at many factors including: the conditions to be covered, age group of patients, psychomotor skill incorporation, teamwork development, affective domain challenges and more. As EMS educators, our goal is to lead the development of our students from Read More

Polypharmacy and the Challenge of Medicine Administration in the Elderly

Polypharmacy is defined as taking five or more prescription medications daily, and it is most commonly seen in the elderly patient population and long-term care homes (Source). It is problematic because it can lead to adverse drug events (ADEs), decreased physical functioning, and more hospital admissions. Elderly Population and Medications Elderly patients: Receive more than Read More

Meeting the Challenge of Caring for Veterans

Accommodating the needs of groups such as veterans is an important part of healthcare education. Every patient has a unique perspective and needs. Part of the role of healthcare providers is recognizing someone’s culture, heritage, and experiences and offering them the highest level of care possible. The Life of Returning Veterans Combat is a challenging Read More

We Are Thankful for Our Guest Posters

Although our primary audience is made up of nurse educators, we strive to bring to light important topics for educators in other fields as well, such as EMS instructors and allied health educators. In addition, we don’t want to use this space to brag about what we know and how we can solve your problems Read More

Managing Diabetes with Insulin Therapy

Diabetes is either Type 1 or Type 2, both of which can be managed with insulin therapy. In addition, Type 2 diabetes can be managed through lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and eating healthfully. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that is usually Read More