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BACKGROUND Intravenous therapy in the outpatient and home settings is commonplace for many diseases and nutritional disorders. Few data are available on the rate of and risk factors for bloodstream infection among patients receiving such therapy. OBJECTIVE To determine rates of and risk factors for bloodstream infection among patients receiving home(More)
There is an increasing trend toward the use of indwelling central venous catheters (CVC) for maintenance hemodialysis. Although such devices are necessary in some problematic cases, the general use of CVC is worrisome. Not only may CVC prejudice the ultimate success of future permanent vascular access, but CVC also may be associated with reduced dialysis(More)
BACKGROUND It is becoming increasingly important for health professionals to have an understanding of health informatics. Education in this area must support not only undergraduate students but also the many workers who graduated before informatics education was available in the undergraduate program. To be successful, such a program must allow(More)
" How do we explore the digital box of fragments that pastes together disjunctive arrays of images and sets of data into a seemingly continuous display? " … We " need to develop new modes of perception with which to receive, absorb, criticize, and produce new combinations of information " M. Christine Boyer In a 1995 article, appeared in " Le Monde(More)
Home intravenous therapy is a standard form of treatment for many recipients of healthcare in the United States. The use of intravascular devices can, however, be complicated by a variety of local or systemic infectious complications. A study was undertaken to address the role that patient noncompliance with infusion protocols plays in the complication rate(More)
A rapid rate of change in the home care arena has been widely documented and many more changes are likely to continue. This article presents the results of a descriptive study to characterize the use of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) within Ohio home care agencies. Among the findings were that that agencies use LPNs primarily in medical-surgical cases and(More)
For the postoperative cardiothoracic patient, the first 2 weeks during recovery is the most difficult time. Initiating discharge planning at the earliest opportunity aids in identifying those patients at risk for functional status disability. The purpose of this study was to examine the results of a pilot preadmission screening program to determine whether(More)