Rheumatology nurses require better coordination with ophthalmologists

FORT WORTH, Texas — When filling prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine for rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or juvenile idiopathic arthritis, rheumatology nurses should coordinate with their patients’ ophthalmologists and be direct about the information they need regarding possible eye-related adverse effects, according to presenters at the Rheumatology Nurses Society Annual Conference.
“Ophthalmology, especially in the past 2 years, has called on rheumatology to say we are giving too much hydroxychloroquine,” Denise Smith-Hauser, NP-C, of the Cleveland

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