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Identifying complete heart block in elderly patients

How to use auscultation to distiguish sinus bradycardia from complete heart block in geriatric patients.

High-alert drugs: Strategies for safe I.V. infusions

About 80% of all deaths from medication errors are caused by some 20 drugs. This article gives you evidence-based strategies for preventing errors with these deadly drugs.

Adventures in virtual meetings

Tired of unproductive staff meetings held at inconvenient times? Had it  up to here with being interrupted when trying to express your opinion? Maybe it's time to explore alternatives to the traditional in-person meeting. One hospital unit did just that, and their online meeting forum helped them create new protocols in record time.

Memory pegging

Forgetting is frustrating. To make memorizing fun, "peg" each item on your to-do list.
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Take Note – October 2006

CDC recommends annual flu shots for children ages 2 to 4 For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is endorsing...

Putting an end to patient overcrowding

Serious patient-flow problems call for more than just quick fixes. In some facilities, the culture must be transformed before patient bottlenecks can be banished. Read about one hospital's system-wide cure for its throughput blues.

Drug errors harm 1.5 million people each year, report finds

In a new report, the Institute of Medicine concludes that at least 25% of harmful adverse drug events are preventable, and recommends specific preventive actions for nurses and other healthcare workers.

Differentiating diabetes complications: What’s your call?

A patient who collapsed at home arrives at the hospital with a blood glucose level off the charts, plus extreme thirst and polyuria. Think his diagnosis is cut and dried? Think again.

Microalbumin: Little test, big payoff

The earlier renal disease is detected, the better. That's why the microalbumin test is so important for patients with certain chronic conditions.
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Nursing – today and beyond

Nursing is in the midst of revolutionary changes. How are these changes affecting the profession today—and how are they likely to affect it in...

Airway pressure release ventilation: A boost for spontaneous breathing

Many clinicians are using this mechanical ventilation mode to help reduce lung damage, pneumonia, and other complications of ventilation. Find out how it works, when it's indicated, how it preserves spontaneous breathing, and why it reduces sedation requirements.

Nursing’s ethical commitment to effective patient communication

Nurses need more than solid technical skills to provide ethical care. A recent AMA Ethical Force Program report casts a spotlight on effective patient communication as an essential component of care. This article points out parallels between the AMA report and the ANA's Code of Ethics.

Calculating I.V. drip rates with confidence

Do you sometimes have trouble remembering the equation you learned for calculating I.V. drip rates? This article presents a simplified equation that can make calculations quicker and easier - whether the medication order is written for mcg/kg/minute, mcg/minute, or mg/minute.

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