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2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife

  • Creator:   Nursing Critical Care
  • Updated:   3/18/2020
  • Contains:  5 items
Lippincott Journals is celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. We have put together a collection of articles relevant to practice to share with you, our readers.

Caring for hospitalized patients with alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Elliott, Dolores Y.

Nursing Critical Care. 14(5):18-30, September 2019.

Alcohol use disorder can lead to the potentially life-threatening alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS). Assessing for AWS is an important skill for frontline nurses in all hospital units. This article includes screening tools and tips to individualize patient treatment.

Acute acetaminophen toxicity in adults

Saccomano, Scott J.

Nursing Critical Care. 14(5):10-17, September 2019.

Although acetaminophen is a safe and effective analgesic and antipyretic agent when taken in the recommended dosage, an overdose can cause hepatotoxicity. This article reviews the stages of acetaminophen toxicity, recommended treatments, and nursing considerations, including patient education recommendations.

Nurse-driven protocols

Barto, Donna

Nursing Critical Care. 14(4):18-24, July 2019.

Without nurse-driven protocols, nurses must contact a physician or NP for intervention orders. The sense of autonomy nurses derive from nurse-driven protocols can contribute to increased nursing job satisfaction and retention rates. This article outlines the step-by-step process of designing and implementing a new protocol in the hospital setting.

Current sepsis research: What nurses need to know

Seckel, Maureen A.

Nursing Critical Care. 15(2):6-13, March 2020.

Despite recently published definitions and guidelines that provide a framework for the care of patients with sepsis, there is no strong consensus among experts about many aspects of sepsis screening or the assessment and care of patients with sepsis. This article highlights current evidence revealed by some recent significant research studies and discusses the implications for nursing practice.

Confidently caring for critically ill overweight and obese adults

Pritts, Wanda

Nursing Critical Care. 15(1):16-22, January 2020.

One in four critically ill patients is classified as extremely obese. The bariatric patient presents with a variety of complex physiologic vulnerabilities related to ventilation, tissue perfusion, pharmacokinetics, and mobility. Critical care nurses are uniquely situated to provide safe, compassionate care to these patients.