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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...

Human trafficking: Preparing for a unique patient population

In most ways, human trafficking (modern slavery) is no different from slavery of ancient times: It’s a brutal, highly profitable business with no regard...

Understanding radiation dermatitis

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 1.6 million new cases of cancer will have been diagnosed in the United States in 2015....

How to evaluate qualitative research

Editor’s note: This article is a follow-up to “Understanding qualitative research,” published in the July issue of American Nurse Today. Have you ever told someone...

Good night, baby…sleep safely

For more than 20 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has encouraged everyone to place infants on their backs to sleep to help...

Protected: CRE: Not your average multidrug-resistant organisms

Over the past decade, one family of multidrug-resistant organisms, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), has become increasingly resistant to lifesaving antibiotics. While CRE infection poses little...

The second victim experience: Mitigating the harm

Like most nurses, you probably consider yourself emotionally strong and resilient, with defenses that help you “get the job done” through­out your busy shift....

Understanding asthma pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management

A chronic inflammatory airway disorder, asthma is marked by airway hyperresponsiveness with recurrent episodes of wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest, and shortness of...

When a nurse returns to work after substance abuse treatment

center {display:none;} A substance use disorder (SUD) that impairs a nurse’s ability to practice poses a safety risk. So it’s reasonable to ask: What are...

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy: Healing a broken heart

Not all medical problems are easy to diagnose, and it can be especially tricky when similar symptoms occur in different diseases. It is important...