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The Flu Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the flu? The flu is an illness that can cause hospitalizations and potentially death. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, and fatigue. It can also lead to other complications such as pneumonia, sinus infections, or, in severe cases, multi-organ failure. People over the age of 65 are at a…

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Why is my pharmacy bill higher than when I lived at home?

This is a frequent question asked by long-term care (LTC) residents or their caregivers. To answer this, you must first understand the difference between LTC and retail pharmacies, such as CVS or Walgreens. LTC pharmacies are not open to the public. They contract with skilled and assisted living facilities to provide an all-encompassing pharmaceutical service.…

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Stay Sun Safe with These 7 Sunscreen Tips

From the young to the elderly, from fair skinned to dark skinned, everyone should wear sunscreen when outside. Sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer and premature aging. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The following 7 tips will help you stay skin safe this summer! Your sunscreen…

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NCBON No Longer Mailing Renewal Reminders

ATTENTION ALL NORTH CAROLINA NURSES • The North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON) is converting to an electronic renewal system and will no longer be mailing renewal reminder postcards effective July 1, 2019. • You must register with the system at www.nursys.com to be notified. Once registered you will receive automated reminders and updates for:…

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The Benefits of Tracking Medication Errors in LTC

Every healthcare organization, including Long Term Care, has a duty to continually improve systems to prevent harm to patients due to medication errors. Health care organizations have to monitor actual and potential medication errors that occur. The value of medication error reports and other data gathering strategies is to provide the information that allows an…

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