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Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):4, September 2015.
Our editor-in-chief, AnneMarie Palatnik, is going back to school for her doctorate in nursing practice degree. She's following the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report to double the number of nurses with a doctorate degree by 2020 and ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning.
Laing, Craig Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):6-9, September 2015.
Infective endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium (the lining of the heart's chambers), caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses. This may result in valvular heart disease and left-ventricular systolic dysfunction.
Busby, Sunni R.; Kennedy, Bryan; Davis, Stephanie C.; More
Busby, Sunni R.; Kennedy, Bryan; Davis, Stephanie C.; Thompson, Heather A.; Jones, Jan W. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):10-14, September 2015.
This study looked at patients' perceptions of proper hand hygiene when caregivers used soap and water, waterless hand cleaner, or a combination of the two.
Davis, Theresa M.; Olff, Carol
Davis, Theresa M.; Olff, Carol Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):15-18, September 2015.
In a tele-ICU, nurses and physicians use workstations with 6-7 computer screens accessing electronic health records, patient hemodynamics, and cardiac rhythms.
Atkins, Jordan R.; Kautz, Donald D.
Atkins, Jordan R.; Kautz, Donald D. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):19-21, September 2015.
Immobile patients are at increased risk for ventilator-associated pneumonia, atelectasis, muscle mass loss, and hemodynamic instability.
Dziuba-Pallotta, Jennifer Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):48, September 2015.
Reducing preoperative anxiety is one of the most important considerations in pediatric surgery. A composed parent can help a child stay calm in an otherwise emotionally tense environment.
Plitnick, Katherine R.; Biehle, Karen J.; Meinken, Constance
Plitnick, Katherine R.; Biehle, Karen J.; Meinken, Constance Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):22-26, September 2015.
Therapeutic hypothermia uses methods such as ice packs and cooling blankets to reduce a patient's body temperature, which decreases cerebral oxygen consumption, and metabolic rate, improving survival and preventing neurologic damage.
Dalal, Kavitha S.; Barto, Donna; Smith, Tiffany R.
Dalal, Kavitha S.; Barto, Donna; Smith, Tiffany R. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):27-32, September 2015.
Nurses need to identify, evaluate, and avert medication errors, along with avoiding any preventable drug usage that may lead to patient harm in the ICU.
Hebden, Joan N.
Hebden, Joan N. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):34-39, September 2015.
Central venous catheters are used for hemodynamic monitoring and to provide fluids, medications, and nutritional support. But they can also be the source of healthcare-associated infections.
Specht, Dawn M.
Specht, Dawn M. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):40-46, September 2015.
Why should RNs get a BSN? This article focuses on what's required for the degree and how additional education helps nurses advance in their careers and reduces patient mortality.
Whitcomb, John J.; Hahn, Cayla; Sumner, Ivey; More
Whitcomb, John J.; Hahn, Cayla; Sumner, Ivey; Shelley, Kirk; Hunnicutt, Taylor Less
Nursing Critical Care. 10(5):1-2, September 2015.
Data collected in the ICU and CCU, from a cardiac arrest sheet and a handheld electronic device, were compared for 3 months. This study reviewed which of the two techniques most accurately captured code blue events.
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