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Rapid Response

March 2018 Vol. 13 No. 3

Quick action reverses SVT and prevents a disastrous outcome.
Takeaways:

Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter are the most common subtypes of supraventricular tachycardia, which is relatively common in women.
The treatment of choice for unstable patients is synchronized cardioversion.
For stable patients, initial treatment is a vagal maneuver, such as . . .

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

Quick identification of stroke in a postpartum patient yields positive result.
Anna Connor, a 30-year-old woman, is admitted to the medical-surgical unit with a diagnosis of pneu­­monia. Her vital signs are stable (blood pressure [BP] is 103/74 mm Hg, pulse is 104 beats per minute . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

Key takeaways

Initial presentation of tension pneumothorax in patients with unassisted breathing is slower and more subtle than in patients who are mechanically ventilated.
Early detection of tension pneumothorax in these patients requires astute respiratory system assessment and awareness of who is at risk.

A.J. McCarthy, age 26, is . . .

May 2017 Vol. 12 No. 5

Author: Danielle Van Damme, MSN, CPNP-AC, and Lauren Marentette, BSN, RN

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April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

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

Horace Gunner,* a 65-year-old man with hypertension and type 2 diabetes, is admitted to the hospital after a fall at home. His computed tomography (CT) scan shows a moderate intracerebral hematoma, and he undergoes a craniotomy to remove the clot. Two days after surgery, he’s moved to . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Deborah S. Finnell, DNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN; and Christine L. Savage, PhD, CARN, FAAN

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January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Cindy Ruiz, MS, APN-CNS, CCRN

Richard Hamilton, age 67, is admitted to the telemetry unit from the emergency department (ED) with new-onset chest pain. In the ED, his troponin test is negative, a 12-lead ECG is unremarkable, and a chest X-ray shows a calcified aorta. The ED physician orders a computed tomography . . .

September 2016 Vol. 11 No. 9

Author: Dorothy Moore, DNP, RN, CCRN

Myrna Klein, age 82, is admitted to the medical-surgical unit from the emergency department (ED) at 9 pm for an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She also has hypertension, diabetes type 2, and mild dementia. Ted, her nurse, obtains her initial vital signs: heart rate 89 beats per . . .

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