Critical Care / Emergency / Trauma

October 2015 Vol. 10 No. 10

Author: Sherry Evans, MSN, RN

In the midst of unprecedented change in health care, hospitals and emergency departments (EDs) are attempting the impossible — increase both patient volume and satisfaction without increasing the budget.

My hospital is a busy 329-bed, county-owned facility in southern Indiana. The level-two trauma ED houses 28 beds and . . .

May 2015 Vol. 10 No. 5

Author: Angela C. Muzzy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS-BC, and Amy K. Butler, BSN, RN

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), and other settings. More recently, to help shorten hospital stays and reduce readmissions, patients are being discharged with smaller, more portable chest tubes. This . . .

May 2015 Vol. 10 No. 5

Author: Samantha Weimer, BSN, RN, CCRN

Tim Waters, age 28, is admitted to a burn intensive care unit for treatment after a natural gas explosion in his home causes deep partial- and full-thickness burns to 20% of his body surface area. His treatment requires daily wound debridement using minimal to moderate sedation.
History and assessment . . .

January 2015 Vol. 10 No 1

Author: Toni Ann Loftus, RN, DNP, MBA, MHA

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 his blood pressure (BP) at 190/125 mm Hg in the right arm and 188/125 mm Hg in the left arm, she immediately escorts . . .

November 2014 Vol. 9 No. 11

Author: Shannon Hudson, PhD, RN

Adrienne Johnson, age 5, is admitted to the general pediatric unit. She has sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin SS subtype) and recently was discharged after being hospitalized for acute chest syndrome. According to her mother, Adrienne has been complaining of severe persistent headaches for the past 24 hours. Her primary care . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

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 clinics for patients and families

c. Follow-up phone calls to discharged patients and their families

d. Reducing family visiting time during . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

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

February 2014 Vol. 9 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Nancy Hilton, MN, RN, NEA-BC

A study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found dramatic increases in children requiring medical intervention in states that decriminalized marijuana, although the overall number of unintentional marijuana exposures among children remained low. Read more . . .