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Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):4, January 2016.
New year, new changes! Read all about the updates and new features we have in store for our readers as we make some resolutions for 2016.
Shi, Xiaoming Less
Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):5, January 2016.
Postoperative atrial fibrillation increases the rate of postoperative mortality and leads to complications such as postoperative stroke, hemodynamic compromise, and prolonged length of hospital stay.
Daniel, Laura; N-Wilfong, Donamarie
Daniel, Laura; N-Wilfong, Donamarie Less
Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):6-8, January 2016.
The importance of handoff reports is well documented to help seamlessly transition coordinated patient/family-centered care between nurses changing shifts. The quality of communication that is used in these reports plays a crucial role in their effectiveness.
Grimm, Madelene; Rafael, Teofila
Grimm, Madelene; Rafael, Teofila Less
Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):9-11, January 2016.
The increased prevalence of C. difficile infection requires an aggressive and innovative method of controlling and eradicating this common bacteria. Effective administration of intracolonic vancomycin is an important intervention that can prevent complications.
Beachy, Londa Less
Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):48, January 2016.
A new critical care nurse comes to the realization that taking care of patients does not always mean having the most skill or the most knowledge. It also involves some simple listening.
Mahoney, Kathleen; Gregory, Suzanne
Mahoney, Kathleen; Gregory, Suzanne Less
Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):12-17, January 2016.
During pregnancy, the maternal heart is displaced upward and to the left and the placenta causes hormones to be secreted, resulting in an increase of 45% to 50% of circulating blood volume and an increase in cardiac output.
Laske, Rita Ann; Stephens, Barbara
Laske, Rita Ann; Stephens, Barbara Less
Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):18-23, January 2016.
Delirium can impact up to 80% of CCU patients and increases their length of stay and cost of hospitalization. Often, delirium may be misdiagnosed as dementia, depression, or other psychiatric disorders.
Granitto, Margaret Harvey; Norton, Colleen Krebs
Granitto, Margaret Harvey; Norton, Colleen Krebs Less
Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):25-30, January 2016.
Fecal microbiota transplantation involves the administration of fecal intestinal microbiota from a healthy donor into the intestine of a recipient with recurrent C. difficile infection.
Fredrich, Nanci L.
Fredrich, Nanci L. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):31-37, January 2016.
Research regarding the best use of transfusion of all types of blood components has grown over the last 20 years, resulting in numerous studies to support evidence-based practice in transfusion medicine. Current research has compared the use of transfusion thresholds or triggers in various patient populations and the effect of a restrictive or liberal strategy on patient outcomes, adverse events, and complications.
Thanavaro, Joanne L.; Foner, Barbara J.
Thanavaro, Joanne L.; Foner, Barbara J. Less
Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):38-47, January 2016.
Postoperative pulmonary complications are a major contributor to the overall risk of noncardiac surgery. They can cause deleterious clinical outcomes after surgery, may lead to serious health issues, and contribute to long-term mortality.
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