March 2017 - Volume 12 - Issue 2
pp: 4-48
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Guest Editorial

Professional Enrichment

Heart Beats

Pearls


Caring for the patient with a left ventricular assist device

Chmielinski, April; Koons, Brittany

Nursing Critical Care . 12(2):24-31, March 2017.

Mechanical circulatory support devices such as left ventricular assist devices provide an alternative to heart transplantation for patients with advanced heart failure, and critical care nurses need to understand how to care for these patients.

Sepsis-3: The new definitions

Seckel, Maureen A.

Nursing Critical Care . 12(2):37-43, March 2017.

Sepsis definitions were recently revised by the Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3) to better align with current understanding of the research, physiology, and management of patients with sepsis. This article reviews the new definitions and other recent changes in sepsis management.