Student Research Poster Presentations showcase innovative research by Misericordia students across all disciplines.
The Effects of Yoga Therapy on Quality of Life in Pediatric Patients with Oncological Diagnoses: A Systematic Review
Katherine Tota, Taylor Harnish, and Meredith Hartz
Background: Yoga therapies have become more common as physical therapy treatment to improve mood, anxiety, and fatigue in adolescents and adults with cancer. A cancer diagnosis has physical, emotional, and social effects on children and their families. It is correlated with high rates of depression and anxiety, and has large financial implications for parents/guardians.
Study design: Systematic review
Purpose: This purpose of this study was to examine the effects of yoga therapy on overall quality of life in treatment of patients with a pediatric oncology diagnosis.
Methods and Measure: A review of literature took place in January 2021 using the Pubmed, Academic Search Ultimate, CINAHL Complete, and MEDLINE. Nine studies met inclusion criteria and were grouped according to session frequency: multiple sessions per week, one session per week, and single yoga session studies.
Results: The most effective treatment frequency was found to be one session each week. Yoga treatment as a component of inpatient cancer treatment may be the most effective treatment setting.
Conclusion: The benefits of yoga in improving cancer related symptoms for adults has been confirmed and studied extensively. This systematic review revealed that yoga may have similar effects in the pediatric cancer population through improvements in mood, anxiety, and fatigue. Future research is needed to develop appropriate exercise prescriptions for the use of yoga therapy as a physical therapy intervention for children with cancer.
Herbert Block was a political cartoonist who published many cartoons particularly during the time of the Nixon administrations Watergate Scandal. These cartoons were able to show the feelings of Americans during the events of the Watergate Scandal during the 1970s. Block’s political cartoons are great tools in displaying the feelings of the American people during this time period.
Nurses go through many years of education before they start working in hospitals, but their education is never-ending. Nurses are prepared in disaster situations due to their disaster training and education. This nation has experienced many life altering disasters and surely will experience more in the future. That is why nurses have been trained and educated in disaster occurrences to be able to provide front-line care to those in need. Nurses are also becoming more efficient in adaptability/change and implement care based on the disaster’s occurrence. Nurses understanding of PPE within the COVID-19 pandemic greatly reduced the spread of the virus which could be much worse if not for the nurses’ preparation.
Global Health is an area of practice that prioritizes improving health and maintaining prosperity of all individuals worldwide. Without people having an importance on health, our world will see an increase of illness and disease. Nurses play a tremendous role in decreasing illness and disease and positively impacting Global Health by making sure individuals, families and communities maintain optimal health. Nurses make sure optimal health is served by playing key roles in responding to emerging disease threats, providing education, traveling to various locations and ensuring a complete grasp of care delivery models is delivered to each patient or community. Without nurses, people around the world would not get the care that they are in dire need of. Many locations across the world have a vast shortage in physicians making it vital for nurses to have an undefined role and impact health in numerous ways.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR, is a procedure that is performed when a patient is in need of a new aortic valve. This is a procedure done to relieve symptoms of aortic stenosis. TAVR first began in France in 2002 and came to the United States in 2005. Cardiac Catheterization is the modality that is utilized in order to perform this procedure along with a cardiac catheterization team. The team includes cardiac catheterization technologists, doctors, nurses, cardiovascular surgeons, and ultrasound technologists. Cardiac Catheterization is a minor surgical procedure that is performed to test a hearts function. In the catheterization lab, there are multiple different pieces of equipment that are used in order to complete a successful TAVR procedure. Before TAVR was invented, patients had to get open heart surgery. Patients who need a TAVR procedure are usually around the age of 80, some older and some younger just depending on their condition. There are currently two types of commercially approved aortic valves in the Unites States, the balloon-expandable Edwards SAPIEN series and the self-expandable Medtronic CoreValve series. The steps of TAVR include getting access, inserting the pacemaker, finding the coplanar view, crossing the aortic valve, pre-treating the aortic valve, prepping the valve delivery device, placing the valve, deploying the valve, taking an ECHO, removing everything from the body, and using closure devices to secure the small whole where the sheath was placed. TAVR is still improving every day with new advancements in technologies, as there are different patients with different anatomy.