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Features

February 2019 Vol. 14 No. 2

Learn about heart failure medications to ensure improved outcomes
Takeaways:

Learn about the newest medications to treat heart failure, including adverse effects, indications, and nursing implications.
Stages and classes of heart failure established by the American Heart Association and the New York Heart Association aid in determining the best medication . . .

February 2019 Vol. 14 No. 2

Collaborate and advocate to meet patient needs and implement policy change.
Takeaways:

Older adults have increased vulnerability to the effects of climate change because of greater exposure to the impact of climate change as well greater susceptibility due to aging-associated changes.
Nurses have an opportunity to help older citizens . . .

January 2019 Vol. 14 No. 1

Identifying, treating, and preventing an elusive infection
Takeaways:

Candida auris (C. auris)is an emerging pathogen that can be difficult to identify, spreads quickly, and is hard to treat.
Nurses should be concerned with unusual patterns of Candidiasis within their facility.
Infection control practices (including isolation precautions, cleaning and disinfection . . .

December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

Treatment risks and how to manage them
Takeaways:

Some cancer treatments can have cardiotoxic effects.
Cardiotoxic effects include decreased heart function, chest pain, arrhythmias, palpitations, edema, hypertension, vascular disease, or shortness of breath.
Cardio-oncology providers and nurses provide assessment and treatment for patients experiencing cardiotoxic effects from their cancer . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

 Empower nurses and proactively reduce urinary catheter device use 
Takeaways:

A nurse driven quality improvement project improved catheter utilization rates in one hospital.
A urinary catheter insertion decision tree provided alternatives to indwelling urinary catheterization.
The decision tree allowed nurses the autonomy to operate to the top of their scope . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

Be prepared to care for pregnant and postpartum patients in critical care settings.
Takeaways:

Some critical care nurses have reported that they don’t feel prepared to care for pregnant and postpartum patients with serious conditions.
Nursing management of critically ill obstetric (OB) patients relies on a systematic and consistent . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Learn about the nursing implications of these innovative devices.
Takeaways:

The leadless pacemaker is a right ventricular single chamber pacemaker used to treat symptomatic bradycardia.
The leadless pacemaker eliminates the complications of conventional pacemakers related to leads and surgical pocket complications.
Currently, leadless pacemakers can pace only from the right . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Learn the risk factors and tailor prevention to device type.
Takeaways:

Medical device–related pressure injuries (MDRPIs) are a common but preventable patient care issue with simple interventions.
Prevention guidelines and evidence-based practices can help reduce MDRPIs.

Editor’s note: The author has provided the attached PDF file of . . .

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

This 2018 update to the sepsis bundle focuses on beginning treatment immediately.
Takeaways: 

Sepsis bundles are designed for bedside application of key elements of the Surviving Sepsis Campaing guidelines.  
The focus of the hour-1 sepsis bundle is to begin resuscitation and management immediately. 
Nurses are critical to improving outcomes . . .

August 2018 Vol. 13 No. 8

Tailor your assessment, prevention, and treatment to individual patient needs and risks.
Takeaways:

Hypoglycemia places people with diabetes at risk for injury and prevents them from achieving their diabetes management goals. 
Informed RNs can improve patient outcomes by tailoring hypoglycemia assessment, prevention, and treatment to individual needs and potential risks . . .

August 2018 Vol. 13 No. 8

How nurses can screen, intervene, and provide appropriate referrals.
Takeaways:

Nonsuicidal self-injury is a commonly hidden behavior among adolescents
Screening in primary care and schools provides optimal opportunities for early intervention.
Brief interventions, such as motivational interviewing, can increase the motivation for change and the likelihood that adolescents will . . .


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