Volume 47 - Issue 12 - December, 2001
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Index: Ostomy Wound Manage 2001;47(12):3
The most dynamic and anticipated wound care conference is in the works. Over the years, the SAWC has become a symbol for quality, innovation, and forward thinking. The 2002 Symposium will provide a comprehensive educational program combined with special events, as well as an Exhibit Hall filled with the latest products and technology. You’ll have time to network with colleagues while you discover everything you need to stay current and on the cutting edge of wound care. The atmosphere during the Symposium is always warm and caring and full of excitement and enthusiasm. If you are looking to maximize your professional development time and dollars, this is the conference for you.
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Index: Ostomy Wound Manage 2001;47(12):6–9
The National Association For Continence (NAFC) is a not-for-profit consumer advocacy organization whose mission is aimed at improving the quality of life of people facing bladder and bowel control problems. Founded in 1982 by Dr. Katherine Jeter as Help for Incontinent People (HIP), NAFC today has a database of more than 135,000 names. The association’s activities include educating the public about the causes, prevention, management and treatment of incontinence; disseminating information through collaboration and networking; and advocating for additional research and coverage of healthcare costs associated with incontinence.
The National Association For Continence offers a wide array of programs and services and is considered the world’s largest and most prolific consumer advocacy group devoted exclusively to incontinence. Because of the millions of individuals affected by incontinence and its subsequent social isolation, the importance of representing the consumer’s voice cannot be overestimated.
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Index: Ostomy Wound Manage 2001;47(12):10,51
Terrorist Attack Highlights Nursing Shortage
Representatives and Senators recently joined nurses who treated World Trade Center victims for a press conference to highlight the importance of passing the Nurse Reinvestment Act (HR 1436 and S 06). This legislation is designed to help address the nursing shortage and ensure that our health system has enough nurses to be prepared for any future crisis. The Nurse Reinvestment Act establishes a National Nurse Service Corps to provide educational scholarships to nurses that commit to serving where a critical nursing shortage exists. It also would make grants available to any level of the nursing profession (from nursing aides to nurse practitioners) to obtain more education. In addition, the bill is designed to provide funding for public service announcements and nursing recruitment grants for educational facilities.
An interesting sideline is the bill’s expansion of Medicare and Medicaid funding for clinical nursing education as well as reimbursement to some home health agencies, hospices, and nursing homes for nurse training. Hopefully, action will be taken to move this legislation forward by the end of the year.
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Index: Ostomy Wound Manage 2001;47(12):15–16
Even after more than a quarter of a century in nursing, Marietta Glazer, RN, PhD, CWOCN, celebrates the fact that “it never gets old – there is something new everyday.” She has directed her energy and enthusiasm toward creating a supportive and efficient environment in which she, colleagues, and staff can facilitate care. Marietta’s southern Florida constituency includes many senior citizens who have passed the 100-year mark. The challenges of treating the aged as well as the special needs of ostomy patients are special priorities in Marietta’s scope of practice.
Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Fla., is a 684-bed acute care hospital and designated spinal cord trauma center for the area. Marietta, with the assistance of a part-time ET nurse, is responsible for ostomy and wound care patients in the entire hospital facility and the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, a part of Memorial Regional Hospital. Until recently, she was also the only full-time ET nurse for two other hospitals affiliated with the Memorial Healthcare system. Some of her duties include nursing orientation, teaching, educating staff, and overseeing an ostomy wound team to promote collaboration and division of work.
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Index: Ostomy Wound Manage 2001;47(12):18
Bladder Control is No Accident – A Woman’s Guide is an excellent book for caregivers as well as women with urinary incontinence who seek a better understanding of the dynamics of the condition and the treatment modalities available. The book provides the knowledge necessary for the patient to work effectively in collaboration with her healthcare provider to control incontinence. Reader friendly in format, the book includes personal stories, assessment tools, and up-to-date information about the condition. It does a wonderful job of portraying self-help techniques and encouraging the reader about the manageability of the condition.
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Index: Ostomy Wound Manage 2001;47(12):20–25
Among the many men who Henry David Thoreau said, “lead lives of quiet desperation,” the increasing number of American men suffering from urinary incontinence post prostate cancer surgery undoubtedly could be counted. By their own accounts and those of their families and loved ones, these men, already reeling from a personal confrontation with their own mortality and anguished by erectile dysfunction, are forced to engage in a continual daily struggle to maintain urinary continence – a struggle that includes managing and/or concealing their urinary incontinence from others.
This paper reviews the prevalence and incidence of urinary incontinence post prostate cancer surgery and discusses risk factors for post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence. Informational and educational strategies available to men and their caregivers also will be discussed.