June 2010 - Volume 35 - Issue 6
pp: 9-56

Editor's Memo


Drug News


Product News


Advocacy In Practice


Lab Logic


Literature Review: IMMUNIZATIONS


Literature Review: DERMATOLOGIC CARE


Medication Update



NEUROLOGIC DISORDERS: CE Connection


Tremors: Learning to stop the shakes

Struble, Laura M.

Nurse Practitioner . 35(6):18-25, June 2010.

A tremor is a common, abnormal, involuntary movement of muscles that may be noted during a routine physical examination. Identifying the type of tremor is necessary to determine underlying neurological disorders. This article offers a practical approach to assessment and diagnosis of the most common tremors seen in practice.

CARDIOVASCULAR CARE: CE Connection


LVADs HELP MEND A BROKEN HEART

Hagan, Kevin

Nurse Practitioner . 35(6):28-36, June 2010.

Left ventricular assist devices are used to treat patients with end-stage heart failure. Of the many LVADs available today, device selection primarily depends on the indication. Long-term LVADs are traditionally implanted through a median sternotomy with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass, although newer devices and greater experience has allowed some devices to be placed through a thoracotomy.

PARASITIC DISEASE


WOUND CARE


Foreign bodies in the skin

Winland-Brown, Jill E.; Allen, Sandra

Nurse Practitioner . 35(6):43-47, June 2010.

The risk of foreign body injuries is heightened in the summer when individuals go barefoot and engage in outdoor activities. A foreign body in the skin is retained material which could be from numerous sources and may result in soft tissue injury. Larger or imbedded foreign bodies require minor surgery.

PATIENT EDUCATION


Piercing: Does health education make a difference?

Miller, Joyce Marlene; Fitzpatrick, Joyce J.

Nurse Practitioner . 35(6):48-52, June 2010.

To balance thrill-seeking behavior and peer pressure, and provide optimal care for clients, healthcare providers should provide fact-based education about body piercing to all clients. With knowledge of the associated risks, clients can make the best decisions about piercings.