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Anxiety attack or myocardial infarction?

The patient thinks she knows what's causing her chest pain. Her nurse knows she must rule out myocardial infarction.

Dodging a trach tragedy

When a patient’s O2 Sat falls and subcutaneous neck edema arises, adroit troubleshooting identifies the cause.

Preventing the high-pressure complications of abdominal compartment syndrome

Avoid multiple organ failure with early monitoring and early intervention.

Q&A with David Westman, Executive Director of the Emergency Nurses Association

What is the Emergency Nurses Association? The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), an ANA organizational affiliate, is devoted to safe practice and safe care in emergency...

Spotting and stopping increased ICP

Rising intracranial pressure calls for fast action.

Turning the tide in a hypertensive emergency

When a patient's blood pressure goes stratospheric, the first priority is to check for signs of organ damage.

Baby pictures: Preserving precious moments in the NICU

For one nurse, taking pictures of preemies develops into an art form.

CRRT spells success against acute renal failure in critically ill patients

Why critically ill patients with acute renal failure need continuous renal replacement therapy.

Avoiding complications from an acute GI bleed

When a patient begins to vomit bright red blood, a nurse relies on his knowledge of Mallory-Weiss tears-and the adroit interventions of the rapid response team.

Infants in peril: Assessing sepsis in newborns

The author explains not the Newborn Scale of Sepsis she developed helps nurses quantify the clinical signs and laboratory markers of severe bacterial infection.

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