May 2014 - Volume 9 - Issue 3
pp: 4-48

Editorial


Pep talk

Nursing Critical Care. 9(3):4, May 2014.

Here's a pep talk to help you get excited about the future of healthcare. Keep believing, dreaming and take the road that leads to awesome!

Heart Beats


Researh Rounds


Roaming nursing grand rounds improve patient care

Gibson, Jolynn M.; Pasierb, Andrea F.; Sunday, Colleen; More

Nursing Critical Care. 9(3):8-9, May 2014.

Roaming nursing grand rounds increased attendance at career-oriented training sessions.

Tech Talk


Topics in Progressive Care


Pearls



Pediatric nasogastric tube placement

Wathen, Beth; Peyton, Christine

Nursing Critical Care. 9(3):14-18, May 2014.

The lifesaving, blind procedures of nasogastric or orogastric tube placement performed at bedside on children aren't without risks.

Trauma bay to OR

Regan, Elizabeth Neville; McDonough, Voula

Nursing Critical Care. 9(3):19-22, May 2014.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Trauma Service Committee developed a mass transfusion protocol and reviewed the practices of damage control surgery because of the increasing number of severely injured patients it receives.

Intracerebral hemorrhage in a patient with an LVAD

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(3):23-26, May 2014.

Read about a patient with a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device, who also had a right frontal lobe intracerebral hemorrhage.

Geriatric protocol improves level of care

Szorady, Jean E.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(3):28-31, May 2014.

Today, people age 65 and older are more active than in past generations. Emergency medical services and trauma centers should develop a protocol for geriatric patients that acknowledges their weaker neurologic, cardiac, pulmonary, renal, and musculoskeletal physiology to help decrease the rate of morbidity and mortality from even minor injuries.

Strengthening your neurologic assessment techniques

Boudreaux, Arlene

Nursing Critical Care. 9(3):32-37, May 2014.

Ever have a patient who in your opinion is showing neurologic changes, but you're not sure how to evaluate her behavior and support your observations? Find out how to develop your neurologic assessment skills and improve your patient's care.

Propofol-related infusion syndrome

Deters, Darlene; Metzler, Mark; Morgan, Maria; More

Nursing Critical Care. 9(3):38-41, May 2014.

A patient with a history of seizure disorders was endotracheally intubated, and received midazolam, lorazepam, and propofol to control his seizures. He developed PRIS, a complication associated with high doses and prolonged use of propofol.

Take time out to avoid wrong-site surgeries

Corley, Eileen

Nursing Critical Care. 9(3):42-47, May 2014.

Imagine going to the hospital to have one body part operated on only to wake up and find out another limb was worked on instead or maybe even removed.