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Attacking anterior-wall myocardial infarction in time

More than 1 million Americans a year suffer a myocardial infarction (MI). This article tells you how - and how quickly - you need to respond to the most dangerous MI.

Coffee drinking and arrhythmias

Coffee drinkers are less likely to be hospitalized for cardiac arrhythmias, according to a report presented at the American Heart Association’s 50th Annual Conference...

Letters to the Editor

A wrenching decision As a nursing student, I’ve been present on several occasions when a patient has coded. So your article “Family presence during resuscitation:...

Why continuous pulse oximetry monitoring is a must in critical care

Continuous pulse oximetry monitoring immediately alerts clinicians to hypoxemia in unstable critically ill patients, so they can intervene before tissue hyposia sets in.

Stemming a lethal immunologic response

When a patient shows signs of systemic inflammatory response syndrome, her survival hinges on the nurse's expert assessment skills and the clinical team's swift interventions.

Dealing with the dangers of dog bites

Dog bites can cause serious or even fatal injuries. Find out how to assess and intervene when your patient has been bitten.

Care, not chaos

A new document created by ANA and other groups delineates emergency care principles for psychiatric patients.

A catastrophic diagnosis puts nursing care to the test

The complicated case of a retiree with a newly diagnosed lung tumor kicks off our new "Case Study" department.

Suppressing a COPD flare-up

Nursing vigilance helps a patient with chronic obstructive oulmonary disease stave off respiratory failure.

Family presence during resuscitation: Who decides?

Effective communication enables nurses and physicians to negotiate a collaborative decision that honors the family’s wishes.

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