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April 2021 - Volume 51 - Issue 4
pp: 6-2

EDITORIAL


DRUG NEWS


Drug News

Nursing. 51(4):9-10, April 2021.

Low-dose aspirin improves outcomes after pregnancy loss...updated adult vaccine schedule now available...new chemotherapy drug prevents bone marrow suppression...opioid use may be a risk factor for pancreatic cancer...COVID-19 outcomes not affected by immunosuppressant therapy...medicated drops help close macular holes

ADVICE P.R.N.


CLINICAL QUERIES


INSPIRING CHANGE


CLINICAL ROUNDS


Clinical Rounds

Nursing. 51(4):21-23, April 2021.

Emergency transport via police vehicle versus EMS studied...updated guidelines for using ventilator splitters...hand sanitizers linked to dramatic increase in pediatric eye injuries...and more

COMMUNITY CARE


INFOBYTES


MEDICATION ERRORS


Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 51(4):72, April 2021.

Discard rufinamide oral suspension within 90 days of opening...Piqray labeling causes confusion...COVID-19 Vaccine Handling Toolkit available for healthcare professionals


Local anesthetic systemic toxicity: What nurses should know

Schneider, Melissa A.; Howard, Katrina A.

Nursing. 51(4):42-46, April 2021.

Though mostly safe, using local or regional anesthetics for pain management may carry serious risks such as local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST). In this article, the authors explain how to recognize signs and symptoms of LAST and intervene appropriately.

COVID-19-related smell and taste disorders: A guide for nurses

Lindsay, Leasha

Nursing. 51(4):50-53, April 2021.

This article highlights dysfunction of smell and taste associated with COVID-19 and discusses implications for nursing practice.

Psychosocial factors related to BRCA1/2 disclosures

Timbs, Mayanith

Nursing. 51(4):58-61, April 2021.

Many psychosocial factors influence patients' decisions about whether and when to disclose that they carry breast cancer genes 1 and 2 to family members who may be affected. Nurses play an important role in educating patients and advocating for them and their families.

Solving the puzzle of Brown-Séquard syndrome

Franges, Ellie Z.

Nursing. 51(4):62-66, April 2021.

Brown-Séquard syndrome is one of several syndromes related to incomplete spinal cord injury. This article outlines key assessment and nursing considerations important to enhancing recovery outcomes.

NCPD Connection


Caring for critically ill patients with COVID-19

Leaton, Mary Beth; Ospina, Kristin

Nursing. 51(4):24-31, April 2021.

Learn how one medical facility incorporated key clinical principles to manage the first surge of patients with COVID-19.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy: Person-centered care

Anastasi, Joyce K.; Klug, Chloe

Nursing. 51(4):34-40, April 2021.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a common neurologic complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. After presenting an overview of DPN, this article details the clinical assessment and management of patients with DPN and discusses the nurse's role in supporting these patients.

SHARING


ISSUES IN NURSING


Recognizing the importance of whistleblowers in healthcare

O'Neill, Nicolle

Nursing. 51(4):54-56, April 2021.

Some healthcare professionals who have raised concerns over workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic have faced retaliation for speaking out. Here, the author reflects on the role of whistleblowers in healthcare and their importance to public accountability.