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  • Creator:   Nursing
  • Updated:   8/22/2019
  • Contains:  35 items
A collection of articles on cardiac emergencies.
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Long-term effects of opioids on the cardiovascular system: Examine the evidence

Corbett, Keegan; Dugan, Amelia; Vitale, Christina; More

Nursing. 49(4):47-49, April 2019.

As this literature review shows, long-term opioid use can adversely affect the heart. Learn about cardiovascular risks so you can educate patients who may be at risk.

Enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery program to improve patient outcomes

McConnell, Gina; Woltz, Patricia; Bradford, William T.; More

Nursing. 48(11):24-31, November 2018.

Follow the journey to implementing a cardiac-specific enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program in a community-based health system.

What does the evidence say about the Mediterranean diet?

Watts, Sharon A.; Stevenson, Carl; Patterson, Julianne

Nursing. 48(3):50-54, March 2018.

Both prediabetes and diabetes are fueled by fast, inexpensive, and overly processed food. Review the evidence about the role the Mediterranean diet plays in preventing type 2 diabetes, then encourage patients to embrace a healthier diet and lifestyle.

Using a 3-question algorithm to interpret heart blocks

Callicutt, Jimmy Dale Jr.

Nursing. 46(10):53-56, October 2016.

Use this simple three-question algorithmic method to correctly identify first-, second-, and third-degree heart blocks.

Update: 2015 AHA BLS and ACLS guidelines

Craig-Brangan, Karen Jean; Day, Mary Patricia

Nursing. 46(2):40-45, February 2016.

Advanced cardiovascular life support spans the spectrum of care from basic life support to post-cardiac arrest care. Become familiar with these recently revised guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care in adults.

Recognizing and treating Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Padilla, Hope; Paltoo, Brendon; Edsall, Renee; More

Nursing. 44(8):50-54, August 2014.

Also known as broken heart syndrome, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is usually preceded by acute emotional or physiologic stressors.

Transient ischemic attack: Heed the warning

Vacca, Vince

Nursing. 44(6):30-36, June 2014.

This medical emergency requires prompt, accurate assessment and intervention. Be prepared to recognize the signs and symptoms and to respond quickly and appropriately with the latest evidence-based interventions presented here.

Pump it up with an LVAD left ventricular assist device

Rowland, Charles A.

Nursing. 42(4):47-50, April 2012.

As the number of patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) increases, you'll see more of these patients in hospitals and community health centers. Be prepared to care for them by pumping up your knowledge with this review.

Early warning systems: The next level of rapid response

Duncan, Kathy D.; McMullan, Christine; Mills, Barbara M.

Nursing. 42(2):38-44, February 2012.

Learn how one medical center developed an early warning scoring system that activates the rapid response team even faster, before a patient's condition deteriorates dramatically. Find out how implementing this new, improved system can reduce cardiac arrests in both adult and pediatric patients.

Using anticoagulants to steer clear of clots

Pezzotti, William; Freuler, Melissa

Nursing. 42(2):26-34, February 2012.

After reviewing the complex physiology of coagulation, refresh your knowledge of anticoagulants and their reversal agents, nursing care guidelines for patients on various anticoagulant types, and essential education for patients and their families.

Focus on central venous pressure monitoring in an acute care setting

Burchell, Patricia L.; Powers, Kelly A.

Nursing. 41(12):38-43, December 2011.

CVP monitoring has become the standard of care for many patients in acute care settings. Refresh and update your knowledge of CVP monitoring, including recommended catheter insertion sites, best practices for patient care, and troubleshooting equipment problems.

Take a cool look at therapeutic hypothermia

Harden, Jacqueline

Nursing. 41(9):46-51, September 2011.

Following cardiac arrest, therapeutic hypothermia may help prevent neurologic impairment in certain patients. Read this article to learn when this procedure is indicated, why it works, and how to care for patients who need it.

What's the 4-1-1 on "the first five"?

Tasota, Frederick J.; Clontz, Amy; Shatzer, Melanie; More

Nursing. 40(4):55-57, April 2010.

To improve response in the first 5 minutes after a cardiac arrest, these authors developed a successful program to prepare nursing staff to intervene more effectively.

How to respond when lightning strikes

Hyett, Joan M.

Nursing. 39(7):32-35, July 2009.

You may be first on the scene when someone's been struck by lightning. Are you prepared to intervene? Brush up on these guidelines—your quick, competent response could save a life this summer.

What you need to know about venous thromboembolism

Pruitt, Bill; Lawson, Robin

Nursing. 39(4):22-27, April 2009.

Learn to recognize and respond to this life-threatening complication and follow evidence-based guidelines to protect your patients.

Unlocking the secrets of 2 common cardiac conditions

Cheek, Dennis J.; Hawkins, Johnathon S.; Sherrod, Melissa McIntire

Nursing. 39(1):52-56, January 2009.

Review the latest guidelines for treating unstable angina and non-ST-segmentelevation myocardial infarction. Then you'll be prepared to respond quickly to a patient with one of these acute coronary syndromes.