January 2018 - Volume 13 - Issue 1
pp: 4-48



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

Hobbs, Barbara B.; Wightman, Lori

Nursing2017 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.

Electrolyte series: Magnesium

Hiner, Amy

Nursing2017 Critical Care. 13(1):15-19, January 2018.

The latest installment in our Electrolyte Series explores the second most abundant intracellular divalent cation. Magnesium is crucial to over 300 enzymatic processes. This article covers magnesium regulation, hypermagnesemia, hypomagnesemia, and evidence-based practices regarding this electrolyte.

Recognizing and managing traumatic brain injury

Wittenberg, Carla J.

Nursing2017 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.

Acute respiratory failure and COPD: Recognition and care

Siela, Debra

Nursing2017 Critical Care. 13(1):28-37, January 2018.

First, review the pathophysiology of COPD, signs and symptoms, and diagnosis. Then, learn how COPD exacerbations can lead to acute respiratory failure and hospitalization in these patients. A case study illustrates one patient's treatment plan.