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Previous pneumonia vaccination reduces ICU admissions Among adults hospitalized for pneumonia, those who’ve been vaccinated against the disease are less likely than unvaccinated patients to...
When the family wants to be with the patient, this advice will help you guide the conversation and manage the situation.
I.V. fluids should help a dehydrated patient, but for one with a history of atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease, they could contribute to pulmonary edema. For Grace Johnson, quick assessment and action staved off a poor outcome.
Sleep doesn't come easily for ICU patients. Many suffer chronic sleep deprivation, which can raise stress levels, depress immune responses, and impair wound healing. To help them sleep, some ICU's are enforcing regular quite times.
How to get going in this exciting specialty.
Sepsis can show up in any setting. So even if you don't work in a critical care unit, you need to know how to detect it. This article describes warning signs that should arouse your suspicion.
When excessive blood loss during delivery threatens a mother's life, quick assessment, effective interventions, and expert aid from the rapid response team maneuver her postpartum course back onto a normal track.
A patient complains of bloating, abdominal tenderness, and constipation. Nothing unusual? Maybe. But if you're too quick to dismiss these symptoms, you could be overlooking a serious condition called Ogilvie's syndrome.
Thousands of accidental chemical spills and leaks take place in this country each year. Providing nurses with adequate first-receiver training can help ensure that we can care for contaminated patients without endangering ourselves.
Despite recent gains in treating pulmonary arterial hypertension, a cure is a long way off. Diagnosis and therapy can be tricky, and prognosis remains poor. Still, there are ways nurses can help slow disease progression and improve quality of life for a child with this condition.
On-line video-based course on emergency preparedness The need for better coordination between governmental agencies and hospitals became apparent after 9/11 and again after Hurricane Katrina....
Early recognition and action can save a limb.
How one community hospital dealt with the twin problems of a saturated emergency department and ambulance diversions.