CE article: Clinicians are confused by conflicting guidelines about the use of head-of-bed elevation to prevent aspiration andpressure ulcers in critically ill patients.
NOC>>> CE article: Preoperative interventions improve outcomes for patients after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG).
CE article: Nursing care for patients with aortic stenosis requires advanced skills in patient assessment and an appreciation of the hemodynamic responses to activities of daily living and to nursing interventions such as administration of medications.
CE article: Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) remains a promising treatment for pediatric patients in cardiac arrest unresponsive to traditional cardiopulmonary resuscitation. More often than not, the dilemma is not whether to withhold ECPR, but rather when to withdraw it. #CE #Nursing
Heart Failure Drugs Cheat Sheet Part I
Heart Failure and Cardiac Drugs, Pharmacology
What nurses can do about factors that influence patients’ sleep in the ICU.
CE article: The use of complementary, alternative, and traditional therapies is increasing in the United States, and patients and their families are bringing these practices into the acute care setting.
Survey data revealed that families of patients in a surgical intensive care unit were not satisfied with their participation in decision making or with how well the multidisciplinary team worked together.
CE article: Because of the wide spectrum of clinical manifestations, ranging from massive pulmonary embolism to small peripheral emboli, stratifying and treating patients according to their signs and symptoms is important when an acute embolism is suspected. #CE #Nursing #CriticalCare
CE article: The pain, agitation, and delirium guidelines of the American College of Critical Care Medicine provide the strongest level of recommendation for the use of nonpharmacological approaches to prevent delirium, but questions remain about which nonpharmacological interventions are beneficial. #criticalcare #nursing
Electrolytes ~~ wow I wish I knew this a long time ago.
PCCN Review Part 1 (of 2)
CE article: Tracheotomy is a common procedure in intensive care units, and nurses must provide proper care to tracheostomy patients to prevent complications. One of the most important considerations is effective mobilization of secretions, and a suction catheter is the most important tool for that purpose. #CE #Nursing
CE article: Intravenous lipid emulsion is an accepted therapy for the treatment of severe cardiac toxic effects caused by local anesthetics. Intravenous lipids are relatively safe, widely available, and easy to administer, and many published case reports document their dramatic effectiveness. #CE #Nursing