Preventing central line–associated bloodstream infections is a top priority for healthcare practitioners, and following basic safety protocols, such as handwashing and line flushing, is essential to the effort.
Some cancer treatments, as well as aging, increase the risk of patient falls. Making these basic steps a routine part of patient care can go a long way in preventing this often life-limiting complication.
An often over-looked side effect with opioids is opioid-induced constipation. Through communication and collaboration, oncology nurses can help to prevent this adverse event, and manage and correct it when it does occur.