NAQC Releases White Paper on Nursing’s Role in Fostering Patient Engagement

The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) has released a white paper entitled “Fostering Successful Patient and Family Engagement: Nursing's Critical Role.” The paper calls for supporting nurses in increasing patient engagement and supporting patients and their families in meeting the challenges of making health and health care decisions.

The paper outlines a strategic plan encompassing six areas of opportunity that are essential to transforming patient engagement. These include:

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White Paper on the Incidence, Prevention, and Treatment of Complications Related to Prostate Needle Biopsy

In response to a noted increase in the reports of sepsis and infectious complications after prostate biopsies SUNA and the American Urological Association (AUA) collaborated to draft a white paper. An emerging pattern of fluoroquinolone resistant bacteria, lack of evidence-based, standardized regimen for pre-procedural prophylaxis, and a lack of equipment reprocessing guidelines are addressed in this white paper.

Members of the workgroup included Christopher M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA; Timothy Averch, MD; Lee Ann Boyd, MSN, ARNP, CUNP; J. Quentin Clemens, MD, MSCI; Robert Dowling, MD; Howard B. Goldman, MD; Danil V. Makarov, MD, MHS; Vic Senese, RN; and Mary Anne Wasner, BSN, CURN. Among its summary statements, the workgroup noted the following:

  • The AUA Best Practice Statement on prophylaxis for prostate biopsy indicates fluoroquinolones or 1st-, 2nd-, or 3rd-generation cephalosporins are the antimicrobials of choice. Single-dose regimens appear to be as effective as those spanning 1- or 3-days.
  • Steam sterilization is the preferred method for reprocessing reusable, heat-stable medical devices, including prostate biopsy needle guides; however, high-level disinfection is an acceptable alternative.

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