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Posts Tagged ‘infection’

Jan
02

**** This is a guest post by Kathryn Norcutt.  She has been an active member of the health care community for over 20 years.  During her time as a nurse, she has helped people from all walks of life and ages.  Now, Kathryn leads a much less hectic life and devotes most of her free time to writing for RN Network, a site specializing in travel nurse jobs.

It’s no secret that nurses of all types are worked to the bone. With the combination of long hours and a shortage of medical practitioners as well as a seemingly endless supply of patients, nurses have their work cut out for them. For anyone on the outside of the industry, it may seem that nursing is more about giving shots and administering medication than it is about (literally) backbreaking work. The reality is that nurses have a lot of duties that involve repetitive motions, long hours on their feet, and all types of heavy lifting. 

The nursing injury cheat sheet. (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent reports on workplace injuries in the US)

  •      Nurses are 48% more likely to have wrist, back, and/or ankle sprains or strains on the job, compared to ALL other occupations
  •      60% more likely to report chronic soreness Read more…

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Mar
04

          Burns can be caused by heat, hot liquids, strong chemicals, electricity and radiation.  They are measured by the amount of body surface that has been burned, the burn degree, and their depth or thickness.  Burns are classified in stages as first, second, third or forth degree, depending on how deeply the layers of skin (dermis and epidermis) are damaged.  The size of the area of the body affected by a burn or scald plays a large part in determining whether Read more…

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Feb
23

          Hospital-acquired infections, also called nosocomial infections, are usually ones that first appears three days after a patient is admitted to a hospital or other health-care facility.  About 5-10% of patients admitted to hospitals in the United States develop these particular infections and they are normally related to a procedure or treatment used to diagnose or treat the patient’s illness or injury.  Amazingly, approximately 25% of these infections can be prevented by Read more…

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