NJ Oncology Nurses Develop Method for Improving Patient Safety in Outpatient Area

Nurses at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey have developed a teaching method to improve patient safety for cancer patients in outpatient settings.

Many cancer patients receive therapies known to cause allergic reactions or hypersensitivity. When such emergencies arise, oncology nurses need to quickly, competently and safely manage these specific needs.

The nurses at CINJ developed a pilot of the teaching method, where they utilized a rapid response step-by-step procedure in order to determine the specific role responding nurses would play in handling the emergency. The nurses also utilized a code cart with emergency medications and equipment, as well as a defibrillator, in mock scenarios in order to quickly detect changes in patient status so that responses can be improved during emergencies.

Those taking part in the pilot verbally expressed that they felt more comfortable and competent in handling urgent situations after having had additional use of emergency equipment in a training environment. Formal nurse evaluations, surveys of case scenario testing and mock practices, as well as analysis of live emergency situations are planned.

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