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Establishing goals of care is important in advance care planning. However, such discussions require a significant time investment on the part of trained personnel and may be overwhelming for the patient. The Go Wish card game was designed to allow patients to consider the importance of common issues at the end of life in a nonconfrontational setting. By(More)
To the Editor—Gibney et al recently reported finding no West Nile virus (WNV) RNA in urine samples collected from 40 patients at 6.5–6.7 years after acute WNV disease [1]. These findings were in contrast to Murray et al, who detected WNV RNA in urine samples collected from 5 of 25 patients (20%) at 1.6–6.7 years after their initial infections [2]. We(More)
HIV counselling and testing has traditionally been performed by highly trained professionals in clinical settings. With HIV rapid testing, a reliable and easy to use diagnostic tool, paraprofessionals can be trained to administer on-site HIV testing in a variety of non-traditional settings, broadening the HIV detection rates. Our objective was to create a(More)
Current HIV testing methods can be ineffective; patients often do not return for results. HIV rapid testing (RT) provides accurate results in 20 min. Patients find nurse-initiated HIV rapid testing (NRT) more acceptable than current testing methods and increases receipt of test results. Translating research findings into sustainable practice poses widely(More)
BACKGROUND The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine HIV screening for adults. OBJECTIVES Community-based participatory research incorporates subjects in the design and conduct of research. We included nurses and physicians in the implementation of HIV rapid test use in the emergency department (ED). We explored the process,(More)
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a significant occupational health problem in the United States, affecting more than 1 million firefighters. Noise hazards include vehicles, sirens, and power tools. Additionally, firefighters are commonly exposed to ototoxic chemicals. Because the use of hearing protection is not universally required for firefighters,(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the type of occupational injuries, duty status, and factors associated with injuries among firefighters. A total of 437 firefighters from three U.S. states participated in an Internet-based survey. Approximately 66% of firefighters experienced occupational injuries and 56% reported multiple injuries. The most commonly(More)
BACKGROUND Noise-induced hearing loss is a significant occupational injury for firefighters exposed to intermittent noise on the job. It is important to educate firefighters about using hearing protection devices whenever they are exposed to loud noise. Computer technology is a relatively new health education approach and can be useful for tailoring(More)
Our objectives were to use foundational pilot findings to guide the implementation of an HIV rapid testing (RT) intervention at one Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic and to evaluate the success and sustainability of this intervention over the course of one year. Policy modifications were drafted and adopted to enable nurses to order, administer, interpret(More)
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