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Medical / Surgery

August 2015 Vol. 10 No. 8

Author: Paul Andrew Jones, BSN, RN-BC

The escalation in the complexity of med-surg patients has resulted in the need for a bedside tool that measures acuity. Such tools have been limited. Some existing tools analyze active patient orders to calculate acuity, but fail to recognize psychosocial issues, patient education, and other time-consuming bedside nursing . . .

February 2015 Vol. 10 No. 2

Author: Misti Tuppeny, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS

Remember the first time a patient had a seizure on your shift? Chances are, it took you by surprise and gave you a good scare. Over time, you’ve probably grown more adept at handling these events.

But how would you cope with seizures if you had them yourself every . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

A team approach reduces rates of major complications for complex spinal reconstructive surgery by two thirds, according to a report in Spine Deformity. The three main features are: two spine surgeons in the OR, a live preoperative screening conference, and monitoring bleeding during the operation. Read more . . .

October 2013 Vol. 8 No. 10

Author: Nanette Yragui, PhD; Barbara Silverstein, MSN, RN, PhD, MPH; and Whitney Johnson, MPH

A study published in the Annals of Surgery has found that smoking increases the risk of complications after major colorectal surgery; current smokers were at a significantly increased risk of postoperative morbidity and mortality. Read more . . .

May 2013 Vol. 8 No. 5

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

A study that will be presented at the ATS 2013 International Conference has found that delayed transfer to the ICU in patients who are hospitalized increases the risk of death. The study included 2,166 patients who were transferred from medical/surgical units to the ICU. Read more . . .

April 2012 Vol. 7 No. 4

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

On April 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is allowing marketing of the Percutaneous Surgical Set, the first instrument set that can be assembled and disassembled inside the body during surgery. The set is designed for use in minimally invasive abdominal surgery. Read more . . .

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