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Strategies for improving survivorship after sudden cardiac arrest

Survival and recovery continue long after resuscitation. Takeaways: Recovery after resuscitation from sudden cardiac arrest extends well after discharge. Recovery will look different based on...

Understanding asthma pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management

A chronic inflammatory airway disorder, asthma is marked by airway hyperresponsiveness with recurrent episodes of wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest, and shortness of...
chest tubes

Managing chest tubes: Air leaks and unplanned tube removal

Once treated only in high-acuity settings, patients with chest tubes now receive care in inpatient medical-surgical floors, outpatient procedural areas (such as interventional radiology),...

New options for fighting the global disease of tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a global health problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one third of the world’s population is...

Decoding the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve

Mrs. Glenn, a 72-year-old female on a medical-surgical floor, was hospitalized 3 days ago for pneumonia. Since her admission, she has been on continuous...

Caring for patients in respiratory failure

Respiratory failure is one of the most common reasons for admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) and a common comorbidity in patients admitted...

When asthma escalates to an emergency

In asthma, airway inflammation leads to airway obstruction, which may be chronic or arise as an acute symptom exacerbation. Asthma signs and symptoms range...

Study: Thrombolytics significantly reduce mortality in sudden-onset PE

According to a study in JAMA, adding thrombolytics to conventional approaches when treating patients with sudden-onset pulmonary embolism is associated with 47% fewer deaths...

FDA approves first implantable wireless device with remote monitoring to measure PAP in certain...

On May 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the CardioMEMS HF System, which measures the pulmonary artery pressures (PAP) and heart...

Study: New drug effective for ACE-inhibitor angioedema

A Phase II study found that patients with ACE inhibitor-induced angioedema who received ecallantide were more likely to be discharged sooner than those treated...

FDA approves Zykadia for NSCLC

On April 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zykadia for patients with a certain type of late-stage non-small cell lung cancer...

MERS resources from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published information about Middle East Respiratory System (MERS) for healthcare professionals. The information includes interim...

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A nurse working in the intensive care unit administers 100 mg of diazepam I.V. as ordered by the new resident. Although she checks on...

Protocol reduces complications for complex spinal surgery

A team approach reduces rates of major complications for complex spinal reconstructive surgery by two thirds, according to a report in Spine Deformity. The...

Benefits of exercise training in heart failure

Exercise training reduces the risk for subsequent all-cause mortality or all-cause hospitalization in women by 26%, compared with 10% in men, according to a...

Touch and go for a patient with a pneumothorax

The nurse’s high index of suspicion helps halt a life-threatening emergency.

6 surprising best resuscitation practices

Nothing is more important to the patient’s outcome than properly performed chest compressions.
Managing atrioventricular blocks

Managing atrioventricular blocks

Not all AV blocks are dangerous. Find out which ones are and how they’re managed.
Detecting, managing, and preventing pulmonary embolism

Detecting, managing, and preventing pulmonary embolism

Pulmonary embolism (PE) kills about 25% of those it strikes. This article explains how deep vein thrombosis (DVT) sets the stage for PE and describes how to assess, manage, and prevent both DVT and PE.

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Which sedation strategy for ICU patients on mechanical ventilation can help mitigate post-intensive care syndrome? a. Keep the patient heavily sedated. b. Use the lightest level...

FDA approved Adempas for pulmonary hypertension

On Sept. 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Adempas (riociguat) to treat adults with two forms of pulmonary hypertension. Read more.
Enhancing patient outcomes with sequential compression device therapy

Enhancing patient outcomes with sequential compression device therapy

Use sequential compression devices effectively to help achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.

Obesity treatment devices resource

“Obesity Treatment Devices,” a section on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, provides information on the only two FDA-approved obesity treatment devices...

CDC provides resources related to MERS-CoV

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released infection prevention and control recommendations related to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). As...

Severe hypoglycemia leads to a seizure

The team scrambles to save a patient with diabetes.
Is your patient at risk for cerebral edema?

Is your patient at risk for cerebral edema?

Learn the telltale signs of brain swelling and find out which patients are most at risk.
Adult obstructive sleep apnea OSA

Adult obstructive sleep apnea: Taking a patient-centered approach

Sleep apnea causes sleep deprivation and, over time, can lead to serious physiologic changes.

CDC releases updated guidelines for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

On June 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines for evaluating severe respiratory illness associated with Middle East Respiratory...

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Which of the following is an advantage of a dry-suction chest drainage system? a. Lower levels of suction pressure b. Variable bubbling, which indicates proper...

Astute assessment saves a patient with PE

A nurse responds quickly to the patient's distress.

FDA permits marketing of device to seal lung punctures

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the Bio-Seal Lung Biopsy Tract Plug System, a device that seals punctures...

Inhaled therapies for cystic fibrosis: Current and future trends

Several therapies are available to help patients with this progressive disease who develop airway infections.
croup and stridor in children

Recognizing croup and stridor in children

Enhance your understanding of these two conditions.
Understanding end-tidal CO2 monitoring

Understanding end-tidal CO2 monitoring

This noninvasive technique gives early warning of respiratory compromise.

Study: Water pipe just as bad for you as cigarette smoking

A study in Respirology has found that the negative effects of water pipe (such as Hookah) smoking on pulmonary function are similar to that...

Joint Commission issues Sentinel Event Alert on opioid use in hospitals

On Aug. 8, The Joint Commission released the Sentinel Event Alert, "Safe use of opioids in hospitals." The Alert warns of opioid-induced respirator depression...

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Women are 2 to 3 times more likely than men to have migraines.  Decades ago, these were attributed to women’s inability to cope with...