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Perioperative

December 2012 Vol. 7 No. 12

Author: Christina L. Dobson, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Which type of temporary pacing usually is used for a patient having major cardiac surgery?

a. Epicardial pacing

b. Transvenous pacing

c. Noninvasive transcutaneous pacing

d. Biventricular pacing.

Correct answer: a. Epicardial pacing is used only with cardiac surgery patients. Common postoperative complications of cardiac valve surgery and coronary artery . . .

November 2012 Vol.7 No. 11

Author: Christina L. Dobson, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Using a surgical safety checklist, including providing comprehensive training on it, significantly decreases 30-day morbidity, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Read more . . .

August 2012 Vol. 7 No. 8

Author: Naté Guyton, MSN, RN, CPHIMS, NEA-BC

On Aug. 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about risk of death from postop codeine use in children following tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. The warning resulted from reports of three deaths and one life-threatening case of respiratory depression. Read more . . .

January 2012 Vol. 7 No. 1

Author: Brenda Wolles, RN, OCN

The number of inpatient deaths occurring within 30 days of surgery declined from 1996 to 2006 despite an increase in surgical volume according to a study in the February issue of Surgery. Read more . . .

July 2011 Vol. 6 No. 7

Author: Terri Gaffney, MPA, RN, and Wylecia Wiggs Harris, MM, CAE

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning for surgical placement of mesh through the vagina to repair pelvic organ transplant. Adverse effects include tissue erosion, pain, infection, bleeding, and pain during sexual intercourse. The FDA also stated that the mesh “may expose patients to greater risk . . .

July 2011 Vol. 6 No. 7

Author: Laura McIlvoy, PhD, RN, CCRN, CNRN

The rapid response team makes all the right moves when a patient experiences neck swelling and difficulty swallowing after an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

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