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Managing medications for hospital patients with Parkinson disease

A progressive degenerative disease, Parkinson disease (PD) is marked by tremor, slow movement, stiffness, and balance problems. It affects about 1 million Americans—more than amyotrophic...

How to help patients live with liver failure

A life-threatening condition, liver failure results from liver damage. In many cases, the damage is gradual and silent, causing few symptoms until the organ loses all of its functions. Liver failure...

Carbon monoxide poisoning: The silent killer

In June 2013, a mother and her 11-year-old son drove to the North Carolina mountains for an overnight stay and checked into a nice hotel with an indoor pool. Shortly after...

Conservative treatment for the silent epidemic of pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is the protrusion of the pelvic organs against the vaginal walls towards or through the vaginal opening. The number of...

Frailty syndrome: A weakly addressed problem

Fran Covington, age 82, has a history of cardiovascular disease, chronic diastolic heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She lives at home with her husband and...

Helping patients who harm themselves

Why would someone deliberately hurt herself? The notion might seem odd—but as a nurse, you may encounter patients with signs of selfinjury (also called cutting, selfinflicted violence, self-harm, or self-mutilation). Cutting...

How to recognize delirium in pediatric patients

A syndrome  of acute brain dysfunction, delirium causes observable changes in behavior. A hallmark of delirium is a disturbance of consciousness and cognition, with inattention that develops acutely and fluctuates...

Antibiotic stewardship for staff nurses

Over the past decade, antibiotic resistance has increased and spread dramatically throughout the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic use is the single most important factor...

How you can avoid laboratory errors

YOU MIGHT be wondering: Since when do nurses make laboratory errors? Actually, we make them fairly often—typically by using improper technique when collecting and handling samples and specimens. Preanalytic errors...

Caring for patients with lumbar drains

A LUMBAR DRAIN is a small, flexible tube placed in the arachnoid space to drain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Indications for lumbar drains include: • to drain CSF...
Human trafficking

Human trafficking: Preparing for a unique patient population

In most ways, human trafficking (modern slavery) is no different from slavery of ancient times: It’s a brutal, highly profitable business with no regard...
radiation dermatitis

Understanding radiation dermatitis

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 1.6 million new cases of cancer will have been diagnosed in the United States in 2015....
Ultrasound-guided peripheral I.V. access: Guidelines

Ultrasound-guided peripheral I.V. access: Guidelines for practice

Learn more about a noninvasive technique that can help spare your patient pain.

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Pregnant woman drinking coffee

Cup of Coffee Can Lessen Gestational Diabetes Risk

Pregnant mothers concerned about being able to safely enjoy their morning cup of coffee should be reassured by a recent University of Pennsylvania study...