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What works: An ED goes vertical to improve patient flow and satisfaction

In the midst of unprecedented change in health care, hospitals and emergency departments (EDs) are attempting the impossible — increase both patient volume and...
chest tubes

Managing chest tubes: Air leaks and unplanned tube removal

Once treated only in high-acuity settings, patients with chest tubes now receive care in inpatient medical-surgical floors, outpatient procedural areas (such as interventional radiology),...
Excessive opioids

Excessive opioids lead to a close call for a burn patient

Tim Waters, age 28, is admitted to a burn intensive care unit for treatment after a natural gas explosion in his home causes deep...
Hypertensive

Responding to a hypertensive crisis

Clifton Jones, an African-American male aged 59, comes to the emergency department (ED) complaining of headache and blurred vision. After the triage nurse measures...

Stroke in a child with sickle cell anemia

Adrienne Johnson, age 5, is admitted to the general pediatric unit. She has sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin SS subtype) and recently was discharged after...

Quiz time

Which of the following does not help address issues related to post-intensive care syndrome? a. Diaries kept jointly by family, ICU staff, and physicians b. Post-ICU...

Continuous renal replacement therapy: Dialysis for critically ill patients

This technique slowly removes wastes and excess plasma water, helping patients recover from their illness.

Shhhhhh! Quiet zone

Nurses play a significant role in helping patients to get the sleep they need.

A new patient-acuity tool promotes equitable nurse-patient assignments

When a 2 acuity rating isn’t truly a 2

Touch and go for a patient with a pneumothorax

The nurse’s high index of suspicion helps halt a life-threatening emergency.

6 surprising best resuscitation practices

Nothing is more important to the patient’s outcome than properly performed chest compressions.

MARS®: The new frontier in treating acute liver failure

A type of dialysis, MARS removes toxins and replaces lost liver functions.

Study: Decriminalization of marijuana increases pediatric ED admissions

A study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found dramatic increases in children requiring medical intervention in states that decriminalized marijuana, although the overall...