January 2014 - Volume 9 - Issue 1
pp: 4-48

Editorial


Heart Beats


Monomorphic ventricular tachycardia

Craig, Karen Jean

Nursing Critical Care. 9(1):5-6, January 2014.

Signs and symptoms of monomorphic ventricular tachycardiamay start or stop suddenly and include: chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, hypotension and rapid or absent pulse.

Topics in Progressive Care


Research Rounds


A beginning look at research findings

Specht, Dawn M.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(1):9-11, January 2014.

This article teaches nurses how to evaluate research findings from two commonly encountered designs: the correlation and the pre-test post-test design.

Pearls


Dying with dignity

Privette, Krystal; Kautz, Donald D.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(1):48, January 2014.

Part of an ICU nurse's job is to help family members understand what to expect when a loved one wants to die with dignity.


Blood management: From evidence to implementation

Tolich, Deborah J.; Blackmur, Sheila; Stahorsky, Ken; More

Nursing Critical Care. 9(1):16-24, January 2014.

Good blood management includes: prevention, early identification, and treatment of anemia with non-wasteful transfusion practices.

Moyamoya disease: A puzzling condition

Bussinger, Patricia A.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(1):25-27, January 2014.

A smoker with asthma found out when she crashed into a car that what she thought was a stroke was a rare, progressive brain disease.

Helping children break free from obesity

Galvas, Micah

Nursing Critical Care. 9(1):28-31, January 2014.

Despite the growing national awareness of the obesity epidemic in children, not enough is being done to remedy the problem. Healthcare professionals must be aware of the signs of childhood obesity, diagnostic criteria, and management in the younger patient population.

Improving outcomes for pulmonary hypertension

Harris, Helene; Bockhold, Colleen R.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(1):32-40, January 2014.

Pulmonary hypertension is an asymptomatic, chronic, progressive and debilitating disease with no cure. People live less than 3 years, on average, if their PH goes untreated.