October 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 10

Meeting your patients spiritual needs

When a patient says, “I’m afraid I’m going to die,” do you offer empty reassurances? Find an excuse to leave the room? Read this article to learn about simple spiritual interventions that can aid a patient in spiritual distress.

Pharmaceutical waste: What nurses need to know

Too often, pharmaceutical waste – much of it hazardous – shows up in our surface, ground, and drinking water. To solve this problem, the healthcare industry must work closely with federal and state regulators.

Putting the breaks on pulmonary edema

I.V. fluids should help a dehydrated patient, but for one with a history of atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease, they could contribute to pulmonary edema. For Grace Johnson, quick assessment and action staved off a poor outcome.

Recognizing depression in children

All kids can be moody and unpredictable. But for roughly 5% of children, behavioral changes reflect depression. Learn why depression holds added dangers for children – and how you can detect it.

Sepsis signposts: Can you spot them?

Sepsis can show up in any setting. So even if you don’t work in a critical care unit, you need to know how to detect it. This article describes warning signs that should arouse your suspicion.

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Take Note – October 2007

Medicare to stop reimbursing hospitals for eight preventable conditions Medicare will stop paying hospitals for the extra costs of treating…

The elusive cure

Supporting breast cancer research and screening can help us get another step closer to curing this disease.

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The perfect pitch

How many times have you been frustrated by some inefficient aspect of your job? Or wondered why no one has…

To sleep, perchance to heal

Sleep doesn’t come easily for ICU patients. Many suffer chronic sleep deprivation, which can raise stress levels, depress immune responses, and impair wound healing. To help them sleep, some ICU’s are enforcing regular quite times.

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