Hospira Safety Precautions when Opening Ampuls

Posted Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 16, 2014 Hospira is issuing this Important Safety Information letter to remind Healthcare Providers to follow facility protocol and exercise caution when opening an ampul. Hospira has received reports of ampuls not properly breaking along the score lines. If an ampul is open without proper precaution and if the score line varies in depth, the break may not be clean and leave a sharp edge or shatter. A sharp edge may potentially pose a physical risk to the Health Care Provider as well as a delay in therapy. Always refer to specific facility policies and procedures for opening an ampul.

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National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Posted Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Alzheimer?s affects over 5 million Americans Early detection is essential to slow progression According to the National Institute of Aging (NIA) Alzheimer?s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that over time destroys thinking capabilities, memory, and eventually the ability to care for oneself. The exact causes for the disease are unknown, but it is most prominent in individuals over the age of 60, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Individuals with preclinical Alzheimer?s can be symptom free for 10 years while the disease progresses and neurons begin to lose functionality.

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Stay Healthy this Season

Posted Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holiday Stress is Normal But your patients don?t have to live with it. Everyone encounters stress at some point during the holiday, and stress leads to a lowered immune system which increases the chances of getting sick; and no one has time to be sick over the holidays! Review the tips below to help lower patient?s holiday stress and make sure their holidays leave them feeling cheerful and bright!

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Diabetes Prevention Tips and Tricks

Posted Friday, November 1, 2013

8% of the total population of the US has diabetes The Importance of Knowing The Facts In 2011, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) stated that there were a total of 25.8 million cases of diabetes in the United States. The most common form of diabetes is type 2, also known as hyperglycemia, which accounts for 97% of all diabetic cases. Hyperglycemia is caused when the body becomes resistant to insulin or the pancreas becomes unable to produce enough insulin required for the body.

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Update to Orencia (abatacept) SC Safety Syringe Transition

Posted Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Updated Product Information Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is announcing an update for ORENCIA? (abatacept) Subcutaneous (SC) Injection. The current ORENCIA Prefilled Syringe will be replaced by the ORENCIA Prefilled Syringe with UltraSafe Passive? Needle Guard (Safety Syringe Device) in November. The current ORENCIA Prefilled Syringe will no longer be available once supplies are depleted ?only the ORENCIA Prefilled Syringe with UltraSafe Passive? Needle Guard will be available.

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Importance of Breast Self-Exams

Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2013

EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES It only takes a few minutes Every woman has been told about the importance of self exams in the early detection of breast cancer at least once in her life, but breast cancer can affect men too! Research indicates that survival rates are equal among the genders when the cancer is caught in the same stage, but it is shown that men have a lower rate of early detection as they are less likely to report symptoms.

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Importance of Prostate Health

Posted Sunday, September 1, 2013

REDUCE THE RISK Helpful tips for reducing the risk of Prostate Cancer! Studies show that half of all men will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime, the most common of which are prostate and colorectal. Advancement in science has enabled most forms to be controlled with early detection, and risk reducing practices. While there is no proven prevention for prostate cancer simple changes in routine and lifestyle can greatly reduce a patient?s risk of cancer.

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The Value of Vaccines

Posted Thursday, August 1, 2013

PREVENT AND PROTECT For a Safer Future Many people recognize the importance of having children vaccinated, but did you know that it?s just as important to make sure adults are up-to-date on vaccines as well? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) there are 16 preventable diseases that all children and adults should be inoculated against. Many of these diseases have become all but eradicated thanks to vaccines, but maintaining the resistance is vital to keeping the diseases from coming back.

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Hepatitis Awareness Day

Posted Tuesday, July 2, 2013

AWARENESS IS THE BEST MEDICINE Arm yourself today! The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies hepatitis as an inflammation of the liver caused by viral infection. There are five main types of the hepatitis virus: A, B, C, D, & E. Of these types B and C are known to become chronic diseases and are the most common causes of liver cancer and cirrhosis. Vaccines are available for A and B, and it is recommended that all people over the age of two get inoculated.

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Men's Health Awareness Month

Posted Monday, June 3, 2013

DON?T IGNORE THE SIGNS Early Detection is Key According to the Men?s Health Network, the purpose of Men?s Health Month is to raise awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. On average, men die at higher rates than women from the top causes of death which include: heart disease, cancer, injuries, strokes, respiratory disease, diabetes, influenza & pneumonia and suicide.

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