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Ultrasound-guided I.V. catheter insertion

Standardized protocols and education can improve patient safety, reduce costs, and enhance nursing practice. Takeaways: Achieving peripheral I.V. access can be difficult, even for experienced...

Cystocerebral syndrome

Rapid recognition leads to a quick reversal. Takeaways: Assess the full medical history of patients on admission, including bowel and bladder issues to reduce risk...

Antibiotic stewardship

Every nurse has a responsibility to prevent antibiotic resistance. Takeaways: Nurses have a key role to play in preventing infections and preserving the power of...

Seizure emergencies

Quick action guides treatment. Takeaways: Status epilepticus is a seizure that last 5 minutes or more or repetitive seizures with no recovery between them. Status...

Hospital and skilled nursing facility collaboration reduces infections

IN RESPONSE to healthcare challenges presented by antibiotiresistant infections, increasingly more complex patients, and patient transfers from hospitals into long-term care facilities, the Centers...

Sepsis beyond the hospital

Nurses are on the frontline of preventing sepsis in the community. Takeaways  Nurses who work in community settings play a significant role in sepsis education...

Hepatitis A: Outbreak update

Be sure your knowledge is up-to-date. HEALTHCARE WORKERS are well aware of their risk for hepatitis B from exposure through occupational needlesticks and bodily fluid. And...

Hepatorenal syndrome and large-volume paracentesis

Averting a Crisis. Takeaways  Hepatorenal syndrome (HRS), impaired renal function resulting from advanced liver disease, is characterized by renal vasoconstriction, systemic vasodilatation in the absence...

High-level disinfection and sterilization

Nurses should have reprocessing knowledge, training, and competency. Takeaways  In 2018, more than 50% of hospitals surveyed by The Joint Commission were found to be...

Revisiting CLABSI prevention strategies: Part 2

Learn about central line care and maintenance. Takeaways:  Advocate for newer central line dressing options (such as subcutaneous securement) that avoid suturing.  The Centers for...

Acute flaccid myelitis

Nursing implications and public health Takeaways:  Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a perplexing condition which, to date, has no concrete effective treatment. The Centers for...

Acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema

Quick action prevents respiratory failure. Takeaways:  Acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema occurs with reduced cardiac muscle efficiency. Decreased pump function results in increased pulmonary venous and...

Revisiting CLABSI prevention strategies: Pt 1

Follow the basics to keep your patients safe. Takeaways: · Central line–associated bloodstream infection prevention requires meticulous attention to insertion, care, and maintenance of central lines. ·...