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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,...

Strategies for improving the nurse work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic

I will never forget the first time I called a code blue for a patient under my direct care as a critical care nurse...

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,...

Sharps injury prevention

A look at safety 20 years after legislation passes. The year 2020 gives nurses the opportunity to reflect on past successes and opportunities so that...

Recognizing and Managing Complications of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Please visit the ANA's website to take the CE: https://www.nursingworld.org/continuing-education/recognizing-and-managing-complications-of-acute-my/ Good outcomes require early identification and prompt treatment. Takeaways: Early reperfusion and medical therapy have drastically...

Rapid Response: Supraventricular tachycardia

A quick response ensures good outcome. Takeaways: Supraventricular tachycardia is a broad term describing a fast regular rhythm originating above the atrioventricular (AV) node. A...

Study fails to show benefit of adding vitamin C to treatment of septic shock

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medial Association aimed to examine if a treatment combination of vitamin C, hydrocortisone, and...

Promoting safe use of parenteral anticoagulants

Nurses can take the lead in preventing harm related to heparin administration. Takeaways Parenteral anticoagulants require appropriate patient teaching to enhance adherence to medication administration. ...

Cardiogenic pulmonary edema

Takeaways Cardiogenic pulmonary edema can occur secondary to acute decompensated heart failure. Treatment should focus on reducing preload and afterload. Albert Jones*, age 65, is...

A team approach to STEMI treatment protocols

A community hospital’s initiative improves patient outcomes. Takeaways: Few practice guidelines focus on in-hospital ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMIs). Challenges related to inpatient STEMIs include delays...