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Blog articles are provided as informational purposes only and are not intended to constitute medical advice. Medication protocols are subject to patient’s medical provider’s authorization.

 

“Drug interaction” generally refers to an interaction between two or more drugs that alter the performance of at least one of the interacting drugs.  Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, nutritional supplements, herbal products, foods, diagnostic agents, and other chemical substances have the potential to participate in interactions.  These interactions may alter medication absorption, distribution, metabolism, or elimination, which can, in turn, change their concentration, efficacy, or potential to cause adverse effects. Because drug interactions are so common, interactions are generally expressed in “levels of severity” to help identify the degree of risk.

 

In the hospice setting, many healthcare practitioners are familiar with more common end-of-life symptoms.  These include pain, constipation, nausea and/or vomiting, anxiety, agitation, or dyspnea.  However, there are some less common symptoms that hospice patients may encounter, which may include hiccups, metallic (or bad) taste, and dizziness.

 

Celebrating Hospice Awareness Month with a virtual standing ovation for our valued hospice partners!

 

Lung cancer is the second leading cause of all deaths in the United States.  It is the second most common type of cancer, but the number one cause of cancer deaths.  The primary risk factor, cigarette smoking, is estimated to attribute to 90% of lung cancer cases.  This includes cases related to second-hand smoke. 

 

The word "sedation" is of Latin derivation, with sedare meaning "to settle, to calm" in Latin.  Use of the word transferred to the English language (from the French sedation) in the mid-16th century but did not become a commonly used term until about 1950.  Since then, various forms of sedation have found clinical use, from temporary sedation for clinical procedures to palliative sedation to manage distressing symptoms at end-of-life, to name just two examples.

 

ANCC Accreditation

ProCare HospiceCare is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.