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An overview of neuraxial anesthesia

Understand the basics so you can effectively manage your patients. Takeaways: Neuraxial anesthesia is the administration of medication into the subarachnoid or epidural space to produce anesthesia and analgesia. An understanding of spine anatomy allows...

The changing face of cystic fibrosis

It’s no longer a childhood illness. Takeaways: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Data Registry shows that more than 54% of people with cystic fibrosis live 18 years and beyond. Longer life expectancy is due to...

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 narrow complex and regular rhythm would suggest AV nodal reentrant...

Adults with chronic kidney disease: Overview and nursing care goals

Takeaways: Millions of adults in the United States have or are at risk for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD); incidence continues to rise and CKD impacts many aspects of health. Nurses practicing in a...

Study shows a specific nutrient could help non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

A recent study published in the Hepatology journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases investigates if indole, a microbiota metabolite may help alleviate inflammation and diet-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease...

Study reveals connection between intake of fermented soy products and lower mortality risks

A new study published in the BMJ examined the connection between the intake of fermented soy products and lower mortality rates. The research was conducted in several Japanese public health centers and examined over 92,000...

Ultrasound-guided I.V. catheter insertion

Standardized protocols and education can improve patient safety, reduce costs, and enhance nursing practice. Takeaways: Achieving peripheral I.V. access can be difficult, even for experienced clinicians. Approximately 90% of hospitalized patients require some form of...

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. Use of unfractionated heparin/low-molecular weight heparins prevent adverse effects from...

Food is medicine

Nurses address social determinants of health on Chicago’s West Side. JENNIFER GRENIER, DNP, RN-BC, CNML, CENP, is director of clinical operations for the cardiac service line at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. When she...

Myths of I.V. push administration

Learn the truth about safe administration. Many myths abound about I.V. push medications. To dispel these myths and outline evidence-based standards of practice, American Nurse Today interviewed Elizabeth Campbell, MSN, RN, CRNI, past president of...