EHOB Newsletter
Hello, and Happy New Year!

We’d like to start off 2015 with these eye-opening and inspiring blog posts. First up, an op-ed piece, if you will, on a recent NPUAP white paper on hand checks. Read it and let us know what you think.

Moving on, the next post takes the new year straight on by asking "what would you change in 2015?" That is followed by some predictions for this new year by AARP and other good news in healthcare for 2015. Finally, we end with an inspiring, timeless piece on the real, meaningful ways nurses impact their patients’ lives.

Happy reading!


James G. Spahn, Founder and CEO
EHOB, Inc.
HAND CHECKS...
Pressure Ulcer Risks
December 10 2014
Fran Demo, BSN, RN, CWON

NPUAP recently published a white paper titled Hand Checks: Are They an Effective Method to Monitor Support Surfaces for Bottoming Out? Regardless of the type of support surface favored, clinicians should dispute the credibility of this publication. NPUAP is a well-respected organization among wound care providers and publications NPUAP produces have been instrumental in practice changes. Unfortunately I do not believe this document represents the mission and standards of NPUAP.

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WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE IN 2015
MS and my friend
January 1, 2015
Fran Demo, BSN, RN, CWON

This past week, Medscape published a survey What Nurses Would Change in 2015. The end of the year is a perfect time to ask this question and to reflect on the year that is passing. It is a time to consider what we would like to see done differently and what impact we can have for making a change.

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST...OR SECOND!
Changing a Dressing
December 16, 2014
Linda Lankenau, MSN, RN, CWON

Brussel sprouts will join kale as the one of the best "go-to" foods of 2015; farro (a nutritious nutty grain related to wheat) will move quinoa a little to the side; fresh vegetable stems, leaves, and roots will be prepared and eaten by all of us vs. finding themselves in the compost pile; and avocado spread may bump hummus into second place as a favored spread !! Just a few of the future food predictions AARP informs us to be on the look-out for in the new year. Think I’d rather learn about the new flavors of ice cream that are coming!

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Changing a Dressing
December 23, 2014
Shelley Lancaster RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN

I received a holiday card from a colleague who's father has had a rough year. Her note began with, "Thanks for all you have done for my father this year, especially for his Waffle cushion! He takes it to every dialysis visit!" Truly, I had done very little for her father, but I had inquired about his health, his decline, his nutrition, and, upon learning that he was starting dialysis three times a week I had suggested a Waffle wheelchair cushion to provide some comfort during his treatments. For this patient and his daughter this small gesture of support seemed to have a significant impact.

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