Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome

Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome is a newly defined syndrome, therefore this transient clinical condition is not well known and probably underdiagnosed. Pathophysiology and symptoms are similar to eclampsia. A review of the syndrome including an exemplar case is presented.

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Effect of a Quality Improvement Project to Reduce Noise in a Pediatric Unit

Excessive noise has the potential to have negative implications for hospitalized children. This quality improvement project successfully reduced noise in a pediatric unit using a multi-step team approach over a 15-month period.

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Pregnancy after Solid Organ Transplantation

Women who have been recipients of heart, lung, or renal transplants have a difficult decision-making process when considering pregnany. In this study, women shared their thoughts on how they decided to become pregnant, as well as the positive experiences and significant challenges they faced in beoming mothers.

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Physician and Nurse Perceptions of Gentle Cesarean Birth

Increasingly, women are requesting a more family-friendly cesarean birth, sometimes referred to as a gentle cesarean. As cesarean birth requires care from an interdisciplinary team, knowledge of their perceptions of pros and cons, and willingness to participate is useful to the maternity care leadership team before embarking on a program to promote gentle cesarean birth. In this study, care providers who participate in cesarean birth were surveyed about gentle cesareans. Findings can be used by other maternity care teams considering this approach.

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Facilitating Early Breast Milk Expression in Mothers of Very Low Birth Weight Infants

Early initiation of breastfeeding or breast milk expression is important soon after birth to enhance milk production. Often mothers who give birth preterm have a cesarean, which can delay milk expression. This survey of maternity nurses offers information about their perceived barriers to timely breastmilk expression for mothers of very low birth weight babies.

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