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

Guest Editorial

Professional Enrichment

Heart Beats


Burn injuries in the ICU: A case scenario approach

Simko, Lynn Coletta; Culleiton, Alicia L.

Nursing Critical Care . 12(2):12-22, March 2017.

This article uses a case scenario to review various types of burn injuries, burn pathophysiology, and what nurses need to know to provide comprehensive assessment and resuscitative care to patients with this type of injury.

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.

Supporting the patient's spiritual needs at the end of life

Finocchiaro, Darlene N.

Nursing Critical Care . 12(2):32-36, March 2017.

This article discusses spiritual needs patients may have at the end of life, regardless of their religious beliefs, and specific strategies for nurses to help ensure their patients receive respectful and meaningful end-of-life care.

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.