The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
the Medical Front Lines

Debra A. Danforth, DNP, APRN

Debra A. Danforth, DNP, APRN

  • Associate Professor
  • Director Clinical Learning Center
  • Florida State University College of Medicine
What’s Changed for Basic and Advanced Life Support During COVID-19

What’s Changed for Basic and Advanced Life Support During COVID-19

How we do CPR and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) has changed in the last several months. The American Heart Association collaborated with other organizations (American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Respiratory Care, American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists) to develop interim guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The main challenge they faced in these interim revisions was... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Infectious Diseases

National Nurses Week May 6-12: Let’s Not Forget Where It Started

National Nurses Week May 6-12: Let’s Not Forget Where It Started

Two hundred years ago, on May 12th, Florence Nightingale was born—it is now a day when we celebrate nurses around the world. Did you know that... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous, NPs & PAs

The Difference Between Isolation and Quarantine

The Difference Between Isolation and Quarantine

There seems to be confusion between what it means to isolate versus quarantine people. According to the CDC, the definitions of isolation and quarantine are:... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Social Distancing During COVID-19

Social Distancing During COVID-19

Social distancing is a measure recommended by public health officials that aims to restrict sick people from coming in contact with healthy people to slow th... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Millennials and Healthcare

Millennials and Healthcare

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are those born between 1981 and 1996. They currently comprise one-fourth of all Americans and seem to look at health... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Practice Management/Career

Loretta C. Ford Turns 99

Loretta C. Ford Turns 99

On December 28, 2019, Dr Loretta C. Ford, co-founder of the first nurse practitioner program, turned 99. Loretta is known to her friends as "Lee,... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous, NPs & PAs

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

December 2-6, 2019 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. This week aims to promote public understanding of the importance of mobility and transportation in... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous

Managing Patients With Suspected Vape-Related Lung Problems

Managing Patients With Suspected Vape-Related Lung Problems

We have been hearing about more and more cases of lipoid pneumonia linked to marijuana oils in e-cigarettes. According to the CDC, as of November 2019, there... Continue Reading

Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Pulmonary Medicine

Managing Multiple Generations in Your Workplace

Managing Multiple Generations in Your Workplace

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Filed under: Miscellaneous

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

Since we are in the heart of hurricane season on the East Coast, it is important to be ready. September is National Preparedness Month to promote family and... Continue Reading

Filed under: Public Health

Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

Your body may be unable to cool itself in hot temperatures, which could lead to a heat stroke or heat exhaustion. This is very common in the summer months. H... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous

Firework Safety Tips

Firework Safety Tips

Happy Canada Day (July 1) and Happy 4th of July to all the NPs and PAs! According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous

National Stop the Bleed Month

National Stop the Bleed Month

Did you know that May 2019 is the first-ever National Stop the Bleed Month? Also, May 23 is the second annual Stop the Bleed® Day. So what is “... Continue Reading

Filed under: Health Policy and Trends, Miscellaneous, Preventive Medicine, Public Health

Lower Cholesterol – The Natural Way

Lower Cholesterol – The Natural Way

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 95 million US adults aged 20 or older have total cholesterol levels higher than 200 mg/dL. Many... Continue Reading

Filed under: Preventive Medicine

Use of Simulation in NP and PA Programs

Use of Simulation in NP and PA Programs

In the last several years, both NPs and PAs have sent out surveys on the use of simulation in their programs, and articles have been published with the resul... Continue Reading

Filed under: NPs & PAs

The History of Simulation

The History of Simulation

As director of a simulation center at an academic institution, it has been exciting to see the remarkable advances made in this field over time. The u... Continue Reading

Filed under: Miscellaneous

Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

So what is vaping? Vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of an aerosol produced by using a vaping device. Vaping is illegal for anyone under the age of 18, and... Continue Reading

Filed under: Public Health, Substance Abuse

Substance Use Disorders in Youth

Substance Use Disorders in Youth

In the United States, about 5% of youth aged 12 to 17 will develop a substance use disorder (SUD) each year, but fewer than 10% of the 1.3 million youth who... Continue Reading

Filed under: Public Health, Substance Abuse

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