American Nurse Today Publishes Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting Article Reflecting Latest Evidence-Based Guidelines

Doylestown, PA, September 19, 2008 --( American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has published “Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV): A “big little problem,” which will help nurses deal with a big obstacle for surgical patients—nausea and vomiting after the fact. About 30% of low-risk patients and 80% of high-risk surgical patients suffer from PONV.

“Nurses can help minimize PONV by identifying high-risk patients preoperatively and implementing multimodal therapy based on risk assessment,” says author Susan Fetzer, PhD, RN. “We can also teach postoperative patients and their families strategies to help them cope with the discomfort, and sometimes debilitating effects, of PONV.”

Dr. Fetzer outlines the latest guidelines for preventing and managing PONV and discusses the related problem of postoperative discharge nausea and vomiting (PDNV). Her information reflects the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) guidelines on these topics.

“Dr. Fetzer is a leader in PONV research and education,” says Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, Editor-in-Chief of American Nurse Today. “Her work provides practical, evidence-based information that nurses can use in the clinical area to manage these conditions.” Dr. Fetzer is an associate professor in the department of nursing at the University of New Hampshire and was named a Who’s Who in Post Anesthesia Nursing Research by ASPAN.

Topics include how to assess for risk of PONV, patient-teaching tips such as avoiding fruit juices and milk-based products immediately after surgery, and medications used to prevent PONV and ease the patient’s discomfort when it occurs.

American Nurse Today reaches 175,000 nurses including 160,000 members of ANA. In addition to keeping nurses abreast of ANA’s advocacy for the profession, American Nurse Today provides valuable, peer-reviewed, evidence based clinical, practical and career information that nurses can assimilate into their busy practices immediately.

HealthCom Media is a specialty publishing company located in Doylestown, PA. The company also publishes other specialty journals including Menopause Management, Assisted Living Consult, and Medicare Patient Management.

The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying Congress and the regulatory agencies on healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public.

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