Best Practices

Oncology professionals are routinely exposed to patient distress and trauma, and this may lead to a phenomenon called compassion fatigue.
A persistent medi­­cation safety issue is getting the attention it has long deserved. In an effort to save lives related to the accidental intrathecal dosing of vincristine, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has launched a program called “Just Bag It: The NCCN Campaign for Safe Handling of Vincristine."
A persistent medi­­cation safety issue is getting the attention it has long deserved.
Through staff collaboration and the creation of patient narratives in electronic medical records, spiritual care plans encourage caregivers to remember the human spirit of their patients with cancer.
A recent survey of oncology nurses revealed inconsistencies in practice patterns and adherence to antiemetic guidelines for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV).
Collaborative oncology care, which involves incorporating an advanced practitioner (AP) into an oncology practice, will help meet the growing burden of complex care and improve patient satisfaction.

Hollywood, FL—Results from a survey of oncology pharmacists from across the country indicate that the verification process for chemotherapy orders is not uniformly electronic. In fact, >25% of responders are still using paper orders, said Carly Duncan, PharmD candidate, of the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston. She presented findings from her and her colleagues’ survey at the 2016 annual conference of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

A hematology unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, succeeded in greatly reducing chemotherapy wait time and increasing satisfaction among inpatients, as described by Elena Lubimov, RN, BSN, OCN, at the Oncology Nursing Society 41st Annual Congress.

An electronic locator system worn by nurses proved helpful in measuring purposeful hourly rounding in an inpatient oncology unit. It also helped reduce falls and call bells.

Aggressive end-of-life care for patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses is costly and not recommended.

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