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Myxedema coma

Emergent and aggressive treatment are key to a good outcome.   Takeaways: Myxedema coma is the most severe, potentially life-threatening form of hypothyroidism and a...
bowel-obstruction

Small bowel obstruction

Early identification results in a positive outcome.   Takeaways: Abdominal pain, bloating and distension, vomiting, and obstipation are warning signs of small bowel obstruction. Small bowel...
patient-handling-safety

Ceiling lifts and safe patient handling and mobility programs

Equipment accessibility and multifunctionality help ensure program success. Editor’s note: This is an early release of a web exclusive article for the March 2021 issue...
covid-19-ethics

Providing ethics consultation in the middle of a pandemic

As a new graduate RN, I was confronted with the case of allowing a natural death for a 6-month old baby girl who survived...
covid-19-leadership

How transformational leaders address fear amid COVID-19

You can provide the guidance nurses need. Editor’s note: This is an early release of an article that will appear in the March 2021 issue...
Improving sleep

Improving sleep in patients with heart failure

The DREAM bundle is a simple, effective tool. Takeaways: Sleep disturbances are among the most commonly reported symptoms of heart failure. Educating patients with heart...
basic life support BLS

2020 American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the inpatient setting

Everything healthcare providers need to know Editor’s note: This is an early release of a web exclusive article for the March 2021 issue of American...
hypertension in women

Hypertension in women commonly misidentified as part of menopause

Up to 50 percent of women develop high blood pressure before age 60 While complications of pregnancy and early menopause increase the future risk of...
bradykinin induced angioedema

Bradykinin-induced angioedema

Quick treatment results in a good outcome. Takeaways: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors can increase the release of bradykinin, which can increase tissue permeability with dilatation of...
COVID-19-tiered-staffing

Surge planning and a tiered staffing model

Takeaways: Develop proactive surge planning approaches in advance of a crisis. Predictive modeling, such as, anticipating staffing needs, allows for a proactive structure to...
COVID-19-Screening

A call to care: A model for creating an employee COVID-19 screening clinic

Takeaways: Setting up an employee COVID testing clinic requires leadership, coordination, and can be a model of patient-centered nursing care. When done well, employee...
navigating-excellence-pandemic

Navigating excellence during a pandemic: The Magnet® program director’s role

Use the Magnet model components as a framework for meeting a crisis. Takeaways: Nursing leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic requires all hands on deck. The...
AnimalAssistants

Animal assistants in healthcare

An animal may provide just the benefit patients need. Prepandemic, I had the pleasure of traveling to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a...