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Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):4, July 2014.
Some 98,000 people die in the U.S. annually because of medical errors such as infections, mistaken identity and wrong-site surgeries. This costs hospitals up to $29 billion nationwide. Healthcare workers are challenged to develop a culture of safety to protect patients.
Basol, Roberta; Beckel, Jean; Gilsdorf-Gracie, Judy; More
Basol, Roberta; Beckel, Jean; Gilsdorf-Gracie, Judy; Hilleren-Listerud, Amy; McCaffrey, Terri D.; Reischl, Sherri; Rickbeil, Pamela; Schimnich, Mary; Skillings, Kirsten; Struffert, Mary A. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):5-7, July 2014.
Hospital employees have to share mobile phones at work. But if the devices aren't properly cleaned they can carry bacteria that spread infection to staff and patients.
Poirier, William J.; Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.
Poirier, William J.; Vacca, Vincent M. Jr. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):8-10, July 2014.
Read how a woman is diagnosed and treated for flail chest, the free-floating section of ribs and tissue between at least two areas of ribs that were fractured after blunt trauma to the chest.
Dunn, Debra Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):48, July 2014.
Volunteering to be an OR Nurse in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador helped a nurse realize that she can help improve the world one patient at a time.
Gibson, Jennifer A.; Nordby, Dione Breht
Gibson, Jennifer A.; Nordby, Dione Breht Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):12-16, July 2014.
Healthcare professionals administer medications that stimulate or inhibit the sympathetic nervous system achieving a desired physiologic effect such as increasing blood pressure or decreasing peripheral vascular resistance.
Hartjes, Tonja M.; Meece, Lauren; Horgas, Ann
Hartjes, Tonja M.; Meece, Lauren; Horgas, Ann Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):17-22, July 2014.
Critical care nurses are in a prime position to offer palliative care to patients in the ICU because no other healthcare worker is with patients more from admission to discharge and because almost half of the patient deaths in U.S. hospitals happen in ICUs.
Barto, Donna; Brzozowski, Jill
Barto, Donna; Brzozowski, Jill Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):23-25, July 2014.
A deer tick, which is the size of a poppy seed, is the most common way of transmitting this infectious disease. It can take up to 9 weeks to see signs of the illness that range from flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, sweats, and weakness up to death.
Serembus, Joanne Farley
Serembus, Joanne Farley Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):26-29, July 2014.
Millions of patients each year live with the risks associated with the fast-paced, challenging critical care unit environment. They don't need extra, preventable threats such as infections and medication errors. This article explores developing a safety culture in healthcare facilities.
Barzoloski-O'Connor, Barbara Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):30-34, July 2014.
Transferring C. difficile spores from a patient or a surface causes an infection that leads to 14,000 deaths annually in the U.S. The vigilant use of antibiotics and infection prevention methods helps critical care nurses protect their patients.
Stites, Mindy; Surprise, Jennifer
Stites, Mindy; Surprise, Jennifer Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):36-41, July 2014.
It's a malicious circle when it comes to pain in the ICU. Pain that goes untreated because it's unrecognized leads to prolonged pain and anxiety in the critically ill, which delays recovery.
Pusey-Reid, Eleonor Less
Nursing Critical Care. 9(4):42-47, July 2014.
While all patients are at risk for postoperative pulmonary complications after anesthesia and surgery, a patient's lifestyle, for example being a smoker, increases their odds of developing infections including bronchitis, COPD, and pneumonia.
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