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

In-bed cycling safe for ICU patients

In-bed cycling starting within the first 4 days of mechanical ventilation is safe and feasible for ICU patients who are hemodynamically stable, according to a study in PLOSOne. Read more

Family satisfaction with ICU care

Emotional/interrelational aspects of care are integral to family member satisfaction with care provided in an intensive care unit (ICU), reports a study in Nursing Research. Read more
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Implementing a mobility program for ICU patients

More than 5 million patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) every year, with survival rates approaching 80%. But when they leave the ICU, many patients experience muscle weakness…
hyponatremia

Recognizing acute hyponatremia

Sam Johansen, age 42, is admitted to the medical-surgical unit after 3 days of acute nausea, vomiting, and watery diarrhea associated with acute abdominal pain. His nurse, Megan, obtains initial…
Hypertensive

Responding to a hypertensive crisis

Clifton Jones, an African-American male aged 59, comes to the emergency department (ED) complaining of headache and blurred vision. After the triage nurse measures his blood pressure (BP) at 190/125…

Website traffic may help predict ED visits

A study in Annals of Emergency Medicine reported that the number visits to the Stockholm Health Care Guide (a website used by the public to obtain health information) between 6…

Stroke in a child with sickle cell anemia

Adrienne Johnson, age 5, is admitted to the general pediatric unit. She has sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin SS subtype) and recently was discharged after being hospitalized for acute chest syndrome.…

ICU Diary: The Gift of Care™

As an ICU nurse you’ve probably encountered the critically ill patient who is experiencing hallucinations, delusions, and confusion. Healthcare providers are learning just how detrimental this state of mind can…