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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, policies and procedures for institution-wide reliability for airway management safety. ...
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American Nurse Journal 2020 All Pro Nursing Team Award Winners

Celebrating team excellence. The world is celebrating nurses this year. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization, declared 2020 the...
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Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome explained

Learn how to identify this frequently misdiagnosed condition. Takeaways: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a growing but poorly understood healthcare concern within the rising number of chronic, habitual cannabis users in the United States. Cannabinoid hyperemesis...

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...

Avoiding antipsychotic medication use in nursing home residents with dementia

Nurses are critical to improved resident well-being. Takeaways: Elderly patients using antipsychotic medications are at a 1.6 to 1.7 times increased of risk of death, and antipsychotic medications are associated with significant side effects. Individual...

Strangulation: A silent but deadly form of intimate partner violence

Awareness and assessment are keys to getting victims the help they need. Takeaways: The effects of strangulation can be delayed. Nonfatal strangulation victims are at increased risk for homicide after the first incident. Accurate assessment...

Paternal postpartum depression

Prevent and screen for depression in new fathers. Takeaways: Paternal postpartum depression effects one in ten fathers. Paternal postpartum depression can affect fathers, the likelihood of the mother developing postpartum depression, and the ability for...
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Hypoglycemia: An unwelcome companion to effective diabetes management

Tailor your assessment, prevention, and treatment to individual patient needs and risks. Takeaways: Hypoglycemia places people with diabetes at risk for injury and prevents them from achieving their diabetes management goals.  Informed RNs can improve patient outcomes...

Improving nurses’ attitudes toward patients with substance use disorders

Editor’s note: The author uses substance use disorder as a diagnostic term. However, some of the research he cites uses a different term, such as drug addiction or drug misuse. In those cases, to ensure an accurate description of the study,...

How to help patients live with liver failure

A life-threatening condition, liver failure results from liver damage. In many cases, the damage is gradual and silent, causing few symptoms until the organ loses all of its functions. Liver failure can be acute or take the form of chronic liver disease (CLD),...

Frailty syndrome: A weakly addressed problem

Fran Covington, age 82, has a history of cardiovascular disease, chronic diastolic heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She lives at home with her husband and enjoys gardening and visiting with her grandchildren. Like Mrs. Covington, Myrna Wilson is...

How you can avoid laboratory errors

YOU MIGHT be wondering: Since when do nurses make laboratory errors? Actually, we make them fairly often—typically by using improper technique when collecting and handling samples and specimens. Preanalytic errors (those occurring before the sample or specimen is analyzed) account for 60% to...

Caring for patients with lumbar drains

A LUMBAR DRAIN is a small, flexible tube placed in the arachnoid space to drain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Indications for lumbar drains include: • to drain CSF leakage secondary to a traumatic or postoperative dural fistula • to treat...