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Caring for Patients after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Understanding options for patients helps you be a more effective caregiver.   Takeaways Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement for some...

Improving care and outcomes for patients with bladder conditions

Key takeways Bladder conditions are common, costly, and hidden. With adequate information, individuals can participate in self-care for treatment and prevention. Nurses serve important...

Caring for patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the community

Key takeways Early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is important to manage symptoms. A combination of biologics and non-drug management of rheumatoid arthritis can slow...

Caring for patients with a left ventricular assist device

Nearly 6 million Americans suffer from heart failure (HF). The American Heart Association predicts that the number of individuals diagnosed with HF will increase 46% by...

Managing chronic pain in cancer survivors

Key takeways Patients may experience cancer pain even after their cancer has been adequately treated and is in remission or cured. Proper assessment is...

Patient care in the dawn of the genomic age

Application of genetics and genomic science to health care is emerging in full force and having a powerful effect on nursing practice. Genomic medicine—using an...

Lung cancer: Not just a smoker’s disease

Jill Smith, a 58-year-old waitress in a local bar, comes to the clinic complaining of shortness of breath and a persistent cough for the...

Enteral feeding: Indications, complications, and nursing care

Enteral feedings deliver nourishment through a tube directly into the GI tract. They’re ordered for patients with a functioning GI tract who can’t ingest enough nutrition...

Pediatric otitis media: To treat or not to treat with antibiotics

A bacterial or viral infection of the middle ear, acute otitis media (AOM) is the most common childhood infection in the United States for which...

Addressing patient and caregiver suffering

Suffering—it’s a powerful word that evokes a visceral response. Actually, patient means “one who suffers” in Latin. To reduce patient suffering, we need to consider the experience of nurses...

Reducing intracranial pressure in patients with traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to blunt or penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain functioning, causing impaired thinking and memory, personality changes, and possible sensory and motor changes. Some people...

Oral Chemotherapy: Not just an ordinary pill

Fran, a triage nurse in a busy primary care office, receives a call from Marla Rodriguez, whose mother is a long-time patient. Marla says her mother has an intense red...

Urgent care for stroke patients: Timing is everything

  While relaxing at home at about 4 PM, Alan Sarangelo, a retired 62-year-old respiratory therapist, feels the left side of his face growing numb. His wife, a nurse, suspects he...