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USPTS nixes required coverage for visual skin screenings

August 1, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the leading body for medical screening recommendations, has given visual skin cancer screenings a rating of “I,” which means insurers don’t have to cover it in wellness checks for beneficiaries.

Stanford Hospital to conduct study on pressure ulcer prevention

October 20, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Stanford Hospital will study patient turning and will help coordinate and optimize efforts to prevent pressure ulcers.

Getting AFOs repaired

September 4, 2015  |  Kathleen Mears

When ankle braces wear out or degrade, getting them back into shape takes more than a simple trip to the local shoemaker. Maintenance and adjustments take time and the services of a good orthotist.

A case of scabies

May 19, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Caregiving and assistance with activities of daily living in institutional settings require close body contact. If unknown rashes appear, implement infection control procedures.

Hurricane Sandy: A lesson in survival

May 13, 2015  |  Brenda Stratton, RN, MSN, CT-1, DMAT

Extraordinary events call for extraordinary measures, especially in caring for special populations. Evacuation is more than simply staying “high and dry.”

Bites and stings can be serious

May 12, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Flying and crawling critters are not just seasonal, and to them, humans are a very tempting buffet. Sometimes the consequences of being a feeding zone require professional care.

Study: Medicare beneficiaries' melanoma excisions often delayed

May 6, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Potential for increased stress, illness and death is increased when surgery for melanoma, a leading cause of skin cancer diagnosis, is delayed.

FDA rule requests safety, effectiveness data on OTC topical antiseptics

May 4, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Gels, liquids or wipes—hand hygiene is encouraged everywhere. Healthcare professionals know how vital hand sanitation is in preventing the spread of infection.

Report finds NY nursing home inspectors underreport bedsores

May 1, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Nearly one in 10 New York nursing home residents have bedsores. An advocacy group has found investigators lax in issuing citations.

Research: Temperature-sensing sock for people with diabetes

April 29, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

For people with diabetes a new fabric functions as a mood ring to provide a warning system for users. Still in development, this innovation may soon save the feet of diabetics.

Strength through collaboration

April 21, 2015  |  Derrick Lambert, RN, BSN, WCC

A skilled nursing facility and a local hospital in Pennsylvania team up to bridge the patient's transition from acute to a post-acute setting while delivering effective wound care.

5 tips for managing shingles pain

March 16, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Not all childhood memories are pleasant. Catching the chickenpox was a bummer, but you got over it. The angry red spots and itchiness went away, but chickenpox left a souvenir—the herpes zoster virus.


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