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Understanding noninvasive ventilation

Knowing the benefits and drawbacks of the options helps drive patient-centered care. Takeaways: Traditionally, oxygen delivery systems are categorized as low, moderate, and high flow. ...

Mitigating melanoma

Early detection and intervention is key for higher survival rates. Takeaways: Late identification and recognition of melanoma lead to worsening health outcomes. Nursing patient education...

Better safe than sepsis

Tips for a hospital sepsis prevention program Takeaways: The Surviving Sepsis Campaign international consensus guidelines summarize best practices based on the medical literature, but they...
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Nurse heroes of the Pandemic

Nurses share a common theme: Hope. Be prepared, be strong, and don’t panic Crystal Davis Campbell, BSN, RN Staff nurse, medical ICU, Vidant Medical Center Greenville, North Carolina             Crystal...
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Seven reversible causes of dementia in older adults

Early identification and accurate diagnosis can improve patient outcomes. Takeaways: Some causes of dementia can be reversed through proper identification, intervention, and treatment. Nurses play...
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School nurses: Keeping school children, families, and communities healthy

This specialty provides many challenges—and rewards. Takeaways: School nurses play an integral role in the health of children and youth, by increasing access to healthcare,...
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Addressing substance use disorder and diversion in the healthcare environment

Early detection and response are key. Takeaways: Substance use disorder (SUD) affects people of all ages, genders, races, and religions regardless of socioeconomic status, professional...

Primary hypothyroidism: More common than you think

Be alert to this frequently unrecognized condition. Takeaways: Hypothyroidism develops slowly over time and if left undiagnosed may put patients at risk for serious conditions,...
Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia: Discerning the differences

Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia: Discerning the differences

Assessment is key for optimal management. Takeaways: An early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is decline in cognition, most typically manifesting as short-term memory loss. Early...
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Toward rational conversation about race, health risk, and nursing

How race correction affects risk assessment and treatment. Takeaways: Race correction refers to a practice in healthcare that treats race as a risk factor. ...
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Providing effective communication to patients who are deaf or hard of hearing

Nurses have a legal duty. Communication is the bedrock of patient care. If a patient can’t comprehend the care being provided or the clinician can’t...

Unplanned Extubation: Eliminating preventable deaths

Know the risk factors and take steps to prevent harm. Takeaways: Unplanned extubations (UEs) can be reduced through the implementation of standardization of best practices,...
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Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome explained

Learn how to identify this frequently misdiagnosed condition. Takeaways: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a growing but poorly understood healthcare concern within the rising number of...