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Best of 2018

  • Creator:   Nursing Critical Care
  • Updated:   11/27/2018
  • Contains:  10 items
A collection of the best Nursing Critical Care articles from 2018.

Angiotensin II for septic shock treatment: An update

Griffiths, Carrie L.; Jackson, Matthew R.; Hoke, Tanner J.; More

Nursing2018 Critical Care. 13(6):30-37, November 2018.

Septic shock can lead to life-threatening hypoperfusion, which often requires vasopressor therapy. Last year, the FDA approved angiotensin II for use in septic shock. This article explores the literature and nursing considerations surrounding this septic shock treatment.

Mechanical ventilation weaning: An evidence-based review

Hetland, Breanna; Heusinkvelt, Jennifer; Krabbenhoft, Lisa; More

Nursing2018 Critical Care. 13(6):5-16, November 2018.

Mechanical ventilation weaning is an ongoing challenge in critical care nursing. This article reviews evidence-based guidelines on common ventilator modes and settings, the weaning process, complications, and symptom management.

Mass shootings: A call for nursing awareness and action

Glasofer, Amy; Laskowski-Jones, Linda

Nursing2018 Critical Care. 13(5):14-20, September 2018.

Critical care nurses need to be prepared to care for the victims of a mass shooting. This article reviews survival and hemorrhage control recommendations as well as hospital preparedness lessons learned by facilities that have previously experienced this type of emergency.

Deceased donor organ donation: The critical care nurse's role

O'Leary, Geraldine M.

Nursing2018 Critical Care. 13(4):27-32, July 2018.

Critical care nurses are instrumental in the process of identifying potential organ donors. As such, nurses must be familiar with the criteria used to determine brain death and best practices when communicating with the families of potential donors.

Pharmacotherapy management in critically ill older adults

Kaplow, Roberta; Griffiths, Carrie L.

Nursing2018 Critical Care. 13(4):20-26, July 2018.

Complex pharmacotherapy management is a particular challenge in the care of critically ill older adults. Explore the science of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, as well as nursing implications.

Delivering LGBTQ-sensitive care

Lim, Fidelindo; Paguirigan, Medel; Cernivani, Daniel

Nursing2018 Critical Care. 13(4):14-19, July 2018.

The historic and lingering stigma faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community is a major contributor to health risks. Learn the best practices critical care nurses can employ to combat the health disparity that challenges this patient population.

Sedation in the ICU: A mindful approach to achieving a balance

Griffiths, Carrie L.; Livengood, Spencer J.; Hertel, Kristie A.

Nursing Critical Care. 13(3):28-33, May 2018.

Sedation is commonly required in the ICU. Critical care nurses need to be familiar with strategic sedation management techniques, including patient monitoring, appropriate sedative selection, and nonpharmacologic interventions. Multidisciplinary patient-centered care is key to achieving optimal patient outcomes.

Hyperglycemia management in patients with acute ischemic stroke

MacIntyre, Rebecca; Ciechanowski, Mary

Nursing Critical Care. 13(3):14-19, May 2018.

Hyperglycemia can lead to poor outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke. This article examines the latest glucose targets and management techniques, as well as nursing assessments and interventions for this patient population.

Recognizing and managing traumatic brain injury

Wittenberg, Carla J.

Nursing Critical Care. 13(1):20-27, January 2018.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious condition that can lead to high healthcare costs for and significant disabilities in patients. After reviewing the epidemiology and classification of TBI, this article covers clinical care recommendations and medication management strategies. Learn evidence-based guidelines for patient care surrounding TBI.

Fatigue and critical care nurses: Considerations for safety, health, and practice

Hobbs, Barbara B.; Wightman, Lori

Nursing Critical Care. 13(1):6-13, January 2018.

Physical fatigue is a major concern for critical care nurses. This article reviews how sleep loss affects fatigue, the dangers of shift work, safer scheduling practices, and countermeasures critical care nurses can take to avoid feeling fatigued on the unit. Resources to help address fatigue level and manage symptoms are also listed.