AANP Talks Kidney Health

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American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
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For the past two years, Seana Rutherford has worked with Premier Physicians in Fairview Park, Ohio, as a nurse practitioner. In her daily work, she works in a primary care setting, providing numerous servants to patients. Active in her profession, Seana Rutherford learns about new issues affecting the nurse practitioner field as a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recently released a list of six things people can do to help promote healthier kidney function. The organization issues the recommendations in conjunction with National Kidney Month, which took place last March.

The first recommendation given by the involves water intake. Drinking enough water each day is important, but it’s also a good idea not to overdo it. Observe your urine to determine the right level of intake; it should be light yellow or clear.

Secondly, eating foods that are low in sodium and cholesterol also help because they reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure–both of which are some of the main conditions that lead to kidney disease. The organization’s third recommendation, adequate exercise, also addresses these concerns.

Since the kidneys serve as a filter for the body’s toxins, limiting intake of toxic substances such as smoke and alcohol can help lighten the organ’s load. The AANP also recommends researching family history to determine if you may be genetically predisposed to kidney disease. Lastly, the organization encourages regular kidney checkups to make sure the organ is functioning properly.


Options for Debridement of Wounds


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Debridement of Wounds
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As a certified family nurse practitioner at Premier Physicians in Fairview Park, Ohio, Seana Rutherford provides primary care for patients of all ages. Since accepting this position in the summer of 2015, Seana Rutherford has performed a number of debridement procedures for patients with healing wounds.

In the context of wound care, debridement is defined as the removal of dead tissue. Such material often collects in a wound and can halt the healing process, as it can cause infection and interfere with the body’s ability to grow healthy new tissue. The body frequently is able to eliminate this tissue on its own, though surgical or medical removal is often necessary.

Many patients respond to autolytic debridement, which involves the application of a hydrogen or hydrocolloid dressing that breaks down the necrotic (dead) tissue. The procedure is typically painless and does not harm healthy tissue, though it can take a number of weeks to work fully. Enzymatic debridement, which destroys necrotic tissue using a special protein-based substance, may be a faster option.

Patients who require faster treatment may undergo mechanical or surgical debridement. This form forcefully removes necrotic tissue using wet-to-dry dressings, or draws it out using moving water. In general, water-based methods tend to be less painful and less damaging to healthy tissue, though the risk of infection may be higher.

Surgical debridement tends to be the fastest and most effective way of removing necrotic tissue. Performed using surgical or laser instrumentation, it is appropriate for infected as well as non-infected wounds.

Maggot debridement therapy (MDT), also known as larval debridement, is also appropriate for debridement of infected areas. This involves the placement of sterile fly larvae in the wound, where they dissolve the necrotic tissue and eliminate bacteria. Painless and safe, it may cause itchiness in the area.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ 2017 National Conference

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Seana Rutherford is a certified nurse practitioner with Premier Physicians in Fairview Park, Ohio, where she provides primary care services to a wide variety of patients. Seana Rutherford is also a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the nation’s largest professional organization for nurse practitioners. Established in 1985, the AANP joined forces with the American College of Nurse Practitioners in 2013. Both organizations now work to empower nurse practitioners and advance health care under the AANP name.

In addition to providing year-round continuing education, the AANP hosts a national conference each year. The annual conference brings thousands of nurse practitioners together to network, exchange ideas, and learn from leaders in health care. The upcoming conference will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Stephen K. Klasko entitled “What We Forgot to Teach in Nursing and Medical School … and Why It Matters!”

The 2017 AANP National Conference will be held June 20-25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

At-Home and Professional Treatment of Open Wounds

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Open Wounds
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In 2012, Seana Rutherford received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Akron and went on to earn a master’s degree in nursing from Ursuline College in 2015. Since then, she has served as a certified nurse practitioner at Premier Physicians in Fairview Park, Ohio. In addition to general primary and preventative care, Seana Rutherford is a certified wound specialist experienced in providing wound care.

Most people will probably experience an open wound at least once during their lifetimes. Open wounds can range from superficial abrasions, which are minor scrapes to the top layer of the skin, to the most severe avulsions, which involve chunks of skin and tissue being torn away from the body. Incisions, punctures, and lacerations also fall within the two extremes and may generally be distinguished by the shape, depth, and cause of the wound.

Abrasions and minor wounds can usually be treated without consulting a professional. After washing and disinfecting the wound, pressure and elevation should be used to help control bleeding. If necessary, the wound should be wrapped in a sterile bandage and kept dry.

Other wounds may require more professional treatment. A specialist should be consulted if the wound is more than half an inch deep, if the wound bleeds for more than 20 minutes or the bleeding does not stop when pressure is applied, or if the wound results from a severe accident. A specialist should also be consulted if the wound shows signs of infection, such as thick pus, a foul odor, or increased drainage.

Wound care specialists can provide focused treatment to help heal wounds and prevent infection. Through debridement, specialists remove necrotic tissue, promoting the creation of healthy tissue and reducing the risk of infection. Additional care for nonhealing wounds may include hyperbaric oxygen treatments, specialized dressings, topical agents, and medicine to facilitate the healing process.