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Caring for patients receiving vasopressors and inotropes in the ICU

Vigilant monitoring will maximize outcomes. Takeaways: After shock is recognized and I.V. fluid resuscitation is initiated, vasopressors and inotropes are used as supportive therapies in...

Beasts, gods and FaceTime: The anguish of visitor limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic

For the foreseeable future, efforts to minimize human contact will remain in place as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is...

Tumor lysis syndrome

Quick action prevents serious harm.  Takeaways: Tumor lysis syndrome is an oncologic emergency requiring diligent nursing care. Uric acid nephropathy from tumor lysis syndrome can...

From surge plans to a culture of readiness

Translating scarce resource management into outcomes with impact. Takeaways: The more resource options available for day-to-day surge events, the more effectively hospital operations can withstand...

Nurses, please don’t withdraw care

When I started practicing as a nurse in an intensive care unit (ICU), everything I saw and heard seemed so unfamiliar. Like on a...

View the new documentary ‘In Case of Emergency’

Join filmmaker Carolyn Jones for the Virtual Premiere of ‘In Case of Emergency’ on October 14th at 8pm ET followed by a live panel discussion...

Thyroid storm: A cause for grave concern

Act quickly to address this potentially fatal condition.  Takeaways: Thyroid storm is a life-threatening condition that’s associated with a high rate of mortality due to...

Opioid overdose in the community

You reverse an overdose in the community. Takeaways: Opioid use disorder can be seen in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and even in the community. Bystander naloxone...

Maternal hemorrhage in 2020: Is your team ready?

Readiness, recognition, response, and reporting. Takeaways: Implementing a standardized safety bundle can reduce the likelihood of patient harm from hemorrhage. Working as a team...

Care and collaboration equal successful organ donation

Nurses can work with the organ donation team to meet patients’ wishes and optimize donation benefits. Takeaways: Nurses and other healthcare disciplines must be knowledgeable...