When cardiac tamponade puts the pressure on

Kaplow, Roberta; Iyere, Karen

Nursing . 47(2):24-30, February 2017.

Refresh your knowledge of this potentially life-threatening complication of cancer, cancer treatment, or both. For optimal patient outcomes, keep a high level of clinical suspicion to identify patients at risk, recognize signs and symptoms early, and provide therapeutic interventions and supportive therapies.

Improving health literacy in patients with diabetes

Watts, Sharon A.; Stevenson, Carl; Adams, Margaret

Nursing . 47(1):24-31, January 2017.

Health literacy means how well someone can obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information to make appropriate health decisions. It's a stronger predictor of health status than income or education level. Brush up on how to assess and improve health literacy to help patients with diabetes stay healthy.

20 questions: Evidence-based practice or sacred cow?

Miller, Julie; Hayes, Denise Drummond; Carey, Katherine W.

Nursing . 45(8):46-55, August 2015.

Despite dramatic advances in healthcare research, many nurses continue to promote outdated nursing practices. Grounded in tradition rather than science, these “sacred cows” are ineffective, unnecessary, and sometimes dangerous. Read the results of a nationwide survey designed to test nurses' knowledge and beliefs about outdated nursing practices, then update your practice based on the best evidence available.

New Drugs 2017, part 1

Hussar, Daniel A.

Nursing . 47(2):32-39, February 2017.

Learn about six drugs recently approved by the FDA, including the first drug approved to treat hyperkalemia in 50 years, a breakthrough drug for Parkinson disease psychosis, and an I.V. antiasthmatic medication indicated for add-on maintenance treatment in certain patients with severe asthma.

Code blue: Do you know what to do?

Jackson, Janet E.; Grugan, Amy S.

Nursing . 45(5):34-39, May 2015.

Although nurses in hospitals are required to have basic life support training, they may have few opportunities to practice these skills before needing to perform them in a crisis. Make sure your skills are current by reviewing appropriate actions and interventions nurses and other clinicians must perform during a code blue.

Escape the vape: Health hazards of the latest nicotine craze

Huey, Sally; Granitto, Margaret

Nursing . 47(1):46-51, January 2017.

Young people who experiment with e-cigarettes may become addicted to nicotine in adulthood. But some see these products as a helpful tool for tobacco users who wish to stop smoking. This article presents the latest evidence about these controversial products and reviews current federal regulations governing their sale and marketing.

Managing alcohol withdrawal in hospitalized patients

Elliott, Dolores Y.; Geyer, Christopher; Lionetti, Thomas; More

Nursing . 42(4):22-30, April 2012.

As many as one in five patients admitted to a hospital has an alcohol use disorder, but identifying them isn't always easy. Review the latest guidelines for assessing these patients, recognizing signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and intervening to keep them safe.

Update: 2015 AHA BLS and ACLS guidelines

Craig-Brangan, Karen Jean; Day, Mary Patricia

Nursing . 46(2):40-45, February 2016.

Advanced cardiovascular life support spans the spectrum of care from basic life support to post-cardiac arrest care. Become familiar with these recently revised guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care in adults.

The mystery of vulvodynia: Can it be solved?

Harrison, Helen E.

Nursing . 47(1):34-38, January 2017.

This pain syndrome, characterized by persistent vulvar pain without an identifiable cause, can significantly impact a woman's health and her intimate relationships. By being aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as the physical and psychological effects, nurses can help patients get the treatment and education they need to manage this difficult disorder.

Blood management: Best-practice transfusion strategies

Tolich, Deborah J.; Blackmur, Sheila; Stahorsky, Ken; More

Nursing . 43(1):40-47, January 2013.

Adopting blood management practices can lower both the risks and costs associated with unnecessary blood transfusions. Learn about patient-centered strategies and techniques that improve patient outcomes by reducing, eliminating, or optimizing the use of blood transfusions to treat anemia.

Reaching for cultural competence

Smith, Linda S.

Nursing . 43(6):30-37, June 2013.

Besides lessening the impact of healthcare disparities, culturally competent care improves outcomes, care quality, and patient satisfaction. This article brings you up to date on current guidelines, regulations, and practice standards for providing culturally appropriate care to all your patients.