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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 with the filmmakers and nurse stars! Reserve your ticket here.   October 14th Free...

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 its effects on all organ systems. Rapid recognition and early...

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 administration is an opportunity to treat victims of opioid overdose...

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 during uncontrolled hemorrhage is essential for optimal maternal outcomes. Conducting...

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 about organ donation. Early identification of a potential organ donor...

Get to the HEART of palliative care for patients with heart failure

Takeaways: All healthcare providers should possess primary palliative care are skills; secondary palliative care is used for complex symptoms, difficult discussions, and assistance with hospice transition. HEART—History of admissions, Echocardiogram results, Activity intolerance, Refractory...

Exercising to rhythmic music may be beneficial to ICU survivors

A study focusing on the rehabilitation of patients discharged from an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) reported the effectiveness of exercising to rhythmic music. 18 participants, who had spent at least 5 days in the ICU...

Stroke: Act FAST

Quick action ensures timely therapy. Takeaways: The FAST acronym (Face, Arm, Speech, Time to call 911) are critical to recognizing signs of stroke and ensuring quick treatment. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) stroke scale,...

Preventing postoperative pulmonary complications

Using ERAS and I COUGH to improve outcomes. Takeaways: Postoperative pulmonary complications are costly and responsible for extended hospital stays and mortalities. Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) are multimodal evidence-based guidelines aimed at reducing stress,...

Let’s call her Carol

It was my first year as a nurse in a suburban Intensive Care unit. I worked the night shift and had an elderly female patient that was very ill with cancer, I don’t remember...

New microscopy technique can be used to study the progression of wound healing

A new microscope developed by researchers at the DSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging has the ability to track collagen that helps in wound healing and can visualize blood vessel distribution around the wound. The...

Myocarditis

Early recognition may help save a life. Takeaways: Nurses should have a high suspicion for serious illness such as myocarditis in pediatric patients who present with respiratory distress that fails to respond to standard treatment. ...

Reducing hemolysis rates

An emergency department’s quality improvement project aims to reduce errors and improve care. Takeaways: Rates of hemolysis decrease with the implementation of proper blood draw procedures. Using venipuncture for blood draws reduces medical errors and...