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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...

Breast cancer care gets personal

Learning objectives 1. State how breast cancer is diagnosed and evaluated. 2. Identify the implications of genetics for patients with breast cancer. 3. Discuss targeted therapy for...

The case for capnography in patients receiving opioids

It’s your worst nightmare: At 8 A.M., you walk into the room of Laura M, a 35-year-old patient who had surgery yesterday, for your morning...

Ventilator-associated events: A new outcome measure

Learning objectives 1. Differentiate the three tiers used to identify ventilator-associated events (VAEs). 2. Identify key elements of VAE surveillance. 3. Discuss the practice implications of VAEs. Purpose/goal:...

Reducing sepsis deaths: A systems approach to early detection and management

An interdisciplinary sepsis initiative eases the sepsis burden on patients, families, and the healthcare system.

Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest

Cooling the temperature can protect the patient’s neurologic function and increase the chance for survival.

Providing optimal care for patients with central catheters

Confused about central catheters? Here’s what you need to know.
Caring for patients with metabolic syndrome

Caring for patients with metabolic syndrome

A precursor to serious complications, this dangerous condition is on the rise among Americans.

6 surprising best resuscitation practices

Nothing is more important to the patient’s outcome than properly performed chest compressions.
What every nurse should know about staffing

What every nurse should know about staffing

Learn how understanding your organization’s staffing process can help you influence staffing levels on your unit.
Guiding your patients through menopause

Guiding your patients through menopause

The more you know about menopause, the more you can help patients understand and cope with symptoms.
Central lines troubleshooting complications

Central lines: Recognizing, preventing, and troubleshooting complications

Central lines can save lives. But dangerous complications can occur unless caregivers know how to identify, prevent, and solve potential problems.
Emergency cardiac drugs: Essential facts for med-surg nurses

Advocating for patients in an era of drug-delivery problems

Learn what steps you can take to help patients avoid drug contamination and cope with drug shortages.