Critical Care Advisor
This special edition of Critical Care Advisor provides you with relevant information that can be used in your practice immediately. American Nurse Journal is committed to delivering authoritative research translated into content that keeps nurses up to date on best practices. Articles are written by nurses…for nurses in all clinical specialties and practice settings. Read on to help maximize patient outcomes.

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Critical Care Advisor

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…

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…

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…
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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…

A COVID-19 story

There was little information about COVID-19 when the pandemic began, but one important piece of information we did have was that the virus was not causing children to become critically…

Opioid-induced respiratory depression

Be prepared and know the risks. Takeaways: Risk factors for opioid-induced respiratory depression include impaired rental clearance, high opioid tolerance, and sleep apnea history. Tools for assessing patient sedation levels…

Unplanned Extubation: Eliminating preventable deaths

Know the risk factors and take steps to prevent harm. Takeaways: Unplanned extubations (UEs) can be reduced through the implementation of standardization of best practices, policies and procedures for institution-wide…
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Rhabdomyolysis

Quick symptom recognition is key. Takeaways: Rhabdomyolysis is a complex medical condition caused by direct trauma, physical exertion, illness, infection, sepsis, congenital or metabolic abnormalities, prolonged seizures, or drugs. It…