They are not well known but exist to help patients

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educational tools. They are not well known, but exist to help patients understand treatment options, communicate their beliefs and preferences, and help facilitate discussion with clinicians. These evidence-based educational tools include decision grids, videos, and interactive websites. Simply sharing some statistics with staff nurses could get the energy flowing to further discuss the use of these tools. For example, a study showed only 19% of patients with cancer understood that chemotherapy was not likely to cure cancer, and only 10% of spine clinic patients could answer basic questions about the spinal surgery (Pope, 2017). The use of PDAs would be an easy sell to management, knowing that (1) they protect and promote patient autonomy; (2) they reduce medical errors (3) they reduce healthcare costs, and (4) they reduce malpractice claims when compared to using traditional consent methods (Pope, 2017). A second important and often scary bedside care topic is the safe use of sharps. Occupational transmission of bloodborne pathogens, not only from patients to health care providers but also from health care providers to patients, remains a significant concern (Ford, 2014). The American Nurses Association provides an impressive list of resources for organizations to turn to for information on promoting safe use of sharps. Nurses should be encouraged to turn first to the CDC for an entire workbook for designing, implementing and evaluating a “Sharps Injury Prevention Program.” An interesting place to start would be to investigate which device has the
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