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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Despite dramatic advances in healthcare research, many nurses continue to promote outdated nursing practices.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 Read the results of a nationwide survey designed to test nurses' knowledge and beliefs about outdated nursing practices, then update your practice based on the best evidence available.

Acute iliofemoral DVT in the presence of May-Thurner syndrome

Adams, Susan K.; Sinyangwe, Inga

Nursing . 47(3):32-38, March 2017.

May-Thurner syndrome (MTS) occurs when the left common iliac vein is compressed against the lumbar vertebrae by the overlying right common iliac artery. MTS predisposes patients to deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Review why MTS is often misdiagnosed, what therapies are available to treat it, and how nurses can intervene to prevent disabling and potentially fatal complications.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sickle cell disease: Where are we now?

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.; Blank, Lora

Nursing . 47(4):26-34, April 2017.

Thanks to advances made over the last 20 years, this group of inherited red blood cell disorders can now be managed successfully using evidence-based screening and treatment guidelines. Tap into the latest information presented here to help patients maintain an optimal quality of life.

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.

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.

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.

Zika virus: Facing a new threat

Simon, R. Bryan; Carpenetti, Tiffany L.

Nursing . 46(8):24-31, August 2016.

Worried patients are looking to their healthcare providers for information about the Zika virus and their personal risk. Update your knowledge about Zika virus infection, including how it's transmitted and what to teach patients about preventive measures.

Non-small cell lung cancer: Recent advances

Held-Warmkessel, Jeanne; Schiech, Linda

Nursing . 44(2):32-42, February 2014.

Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer is the most common lung cancer type. This comprehensive article discusses risk factors, diagnostic testing, new staging descriptions, surgical and nonsurgical treatments, and evidence-based nursing interventions for patients as they progress through diagnosis and treatment.

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