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AHA update: BLS, ACLS, and PALS

The American Heart Association recently updated its guidelines for advanced cardiovascular life support, basic life support, and pediatric advanced life support. This article details these changes, as well as the latest AHA recommendations for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care.

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Cystic fibrosis: A changing landscape

The recent approval of a breakthrough triple-drug combination therapy is expected to significantly improve the quality of life for up to 90% of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Learn how this therapy and other treatment advances are extending the lives of patients with CF and what nurses can do to support patients and their families.

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Using COPD action plans to support outcomes after discharge

Provided as part of discharge instructions, a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) action plan can be given to patients with to help them identify worsening symptoms and respond appropriately to prevent disease exacerbations and hospitalization. Here, the author discusses the benefits of COPD action plans and describes how they are created and used.

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Using point-of-care ultrasound in nursing

Increasingly used in nursing practice, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) can be employed to expedite patient assessments and increase the safety and success of various procedures. Read about the benefits of POCUS in nursing, including its positive effect on patient outcomes and long-term cost-effectiveness.

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Direct oral anticoagulant reversal: An update

The rise in direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) use means nurses must understand how to reverse these agents in case of bleeding. Depending on bleed severity and other criteria, pharmacologic reversal can be considered in place of supportive care alone. This article takes an in-depth look at the options.

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