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Getting involved in policy and politics

Oestberg, Fredrik

Nursing Critical Care. 8(3):48, May 2013.

By knowing how the political system works and which strategies can effectively influence policy, any nurse can become an advocate at the local, state, or federal level.

Caring for patients with burn injuries

Culleiton, Alicia L.; Simko, Lynn M.

Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):14-22, January 2013.

Caring for a patient with severe burn injuries offers many challenges for critical care nurses. Find out about various types of burns and providing initial resuscitative care for a patient if treatment in a designated burn center facility or burn ICU isn't possible.

Does a high WBC count guarantee infection?

George, Elisabeth L.; Panos, Angela

Nursing Critical Care. 1(1):14-16, January 2006.

Taken alone, the WBC count may have little value unless nurses correlate it to the patient's clinical condition and analyze the WBC differential.

Myasthenia gravis and myasthenic crisis

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing Critical Care. 12(5):38-46, September 2017.

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is the most commonly encountered autoimmune disease of the postsynaptic neuromuscular junction of skeletal muscles, affecting an estimated 700,000 individuals worldwide. Approximately 15% to 20% of patients with MG will experience a myasthenic crisis (MC), typically within 2 years of diagnosis. Nurses must be knowledgeable about this disease and prepared to assist with pharmacologic testing and/or MC to ensure maximum safety for patients with MG before, during, and after evaluation.

Prone positioning for patients with ARDS

Hudack, Michael E.

Nursing Critical Care. 7(2):20-24, March 2012.

Although not common in ICUs, proning may help improve oxygenation for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome. Find out about the science behind this technique and how to incorporate it into a plan of care.

Caring for a patient after coronary artery bypass graft surgery

Mullen-Fortino, Margaret; O'Brien, Noreen

Nursing Critical Care. 4(1):22-27, January 2009.

Every year, some 427,000 patients in the United States have coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. A patient undergoing CABG has complex healthcare needs. We'll outline your role in patient care by body system.

When can you say no?

Brooke, Penny S.

Nursing Critical Care. 6(5):48, September 2011.

Because of understaffing and other pressures, you need to know when (and how) to say no so you can manage your time efficiently, keep patients safe, and protect yourself from burnout and legal repercussions.

Improve your professional etiquette

Pagana, Kathleen D.

Nursing Critical Care. 5(6):48, November 2010.

Professional etiquette is critical for presenting yourself as a polished, confident, and professional nurse. These seven tips can help you stand out and improve your chances for career success.

Caring for the patient with schizophrenia

Iannaco, Dodi

Nursing Critical Care. 6(5):20-22, September 2011.

Caring for a patient with schizophrenia includes ensuring that prescribed medications are administered as directed. You'll also monitor for adverse drug reactions, in addition to addressing the medical problem that brought the patient to the ICU.

Acute hyperglycemic emergencies: Diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state

Kubacka, Beata T.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 14(2):10-21, March 2019.

As diabetes prevalence rises, critical care nurses must be prepared to encounter acute hyperglycemic emergencies in the ED or ICU. This article discusses the diagnosis, treatments, and nursing considerations associated with diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state.

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.

How to recognize and respond to refeeding syndrome

Yantis, Mary Ann; Velander, Robyn

Nursing Critical Care. 4(3):14-20, May 2009.

Restarting nutrition in malnourished patients can pose lethal consequences. Here's what you need to know about assessing your patient and avoiding problems.

Music helps heal mind, body, and spirit

Thomas, Linda S.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(6):28-31, November 2014.

Heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen consumption decease when the right type of music is played. This auditory stimulus positively affects the patient physiologically and psychologically.

Delirium in critical care patients

Laske, Rita Ann; Stephens, Barbara

Nursing Critical Care. 11(1):18-23, January 2016.

Delirium can impact up to 80% of CCU patients and increases their length of stay and cost of hospitalization. Often, delirium may be misdiagnosed as dementia, depression, or other psychiatric disorders.

Reducing your liability risk

Nursing Critical Care. 7(4):4, July 2012.

Are you doing everything you can to reduce your liability risk? A recent report sheds light on areas where you must stay vigilant to keep yourself and your patients safe.

Necrotizing fasciitis: Infection identification and management

Brennan, Mary R.; LeFevre, Florence

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 14(1):6-11, January 2019.

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a life-threatening infection that is best managed through early identification and intervention. This article will help critical care nurses recognize, assess for, and treat NF. An effective plan of care may include antibiotic therapy and surgical debridement.

Encephalitis in adults: Outcomes in critical care

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing Critical Care. 11(2):14-22, March 2016.

Encephalitis can lead to alterations in level of consciousness, cognition, and behavior as well as fever, headache, seizures, cranial nerve disorders, and motor deficits. Despite advances in technology and pharmacology, encephalitis remains challenging to diagnose and difficult to treat.

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Plitnick, Katherine R.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(6):32-37, November 2014.

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Of the 4.7 million in-patient heart-related procedures performed on approximately 4.7 million people annually in the United States, 395,000 of those are coronary artery bypass grafting.

Break through your fears

Langlois, Barb

Nursing Critical Care. 6(6):48, November 2011.

By using empowerment activities and a four-step process of dealing with fears and difficult coworkers, you can gain new courage in the workplace.

Nursing management for adult recipients of CAR T-19 therapy

Morrison, Felicia

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 14(2):31-36, March 2019.

The recent FDA approvals of tisagenlecleucel and axicabtagene ciloleucel, have given patients with certain types of advanced or recurrent acute lymphoblastic leukemia and certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma new therapy options. This article explores the science behind CAR T-cell therapy and nursing management considerations for two life-threatening adverse reactions associated with this new therapy.

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.

Tactile stimulation improves consciousness and vital signs in patients with traumatic brain injury

YekeFallah, Leili; Aghae, Fatemeh; Azimian, Jalil; More

Nursing2018 Critical Care. 13(6):18-22, November 2018.

A study of 60 ICU patients with traumatic brain injury in Qazvin, Iran, showed that tactile stimulation could increase the level of consciousness and decrease systolic BP, diastolic BP, and respiratory rate in these patients, adding to the previous literature on this topic.

Take a rapid treatment approach to cardiogenic shock

Gorman, Diane; Calhoun, Kim; Carassco, Maria; More

Nursing Critical Care. 3(4):18-27, July 2008.

Cardiogenic shock is a major and frequently fatal complication of a variety of acute and chronic disorders. Recognition of early signs and symptoms of cardiogenic shock and rapid interventions enable the nurse and treatment team to prevent complications and assist the patient to recovery.

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.

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.

Fluid balance and resuscitation: Critical aspects of ICU care

Stevens, Wendy J.

Nursing Critical Care. 3(2):12-21, March 2008.

Critically ill patients are at great risk for volume depletion that may be secondary to internal and external fluid losses. Daily fluid balance assessments may be inaccurate, as total volume losses aren't always recognized or measurable.

Dying with dignity

Privette, Krystal; Kautz, Donald D.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(1):48, January 2014.

Part of an ICU nurse's job is to help family members understand what to expect when a loved one wants to die with dignity.


Lyden, Catherine

Nursing Critical Care. 5(3):18-24, May 2010.

Nurses in pediatric ICUs may be the first to recognize child abuse, and may be able to help stop a cycle of violence. This article describes various types of abuse and how to recognize them, how to care for the child victim, how to collect evidence, and documenting thoroughly in case you're called to testify.

Burn injuries in the ICU: A case scenario approach

Simko, Lynn Coletta; Culleiton, Alicia L.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 12(2):12-22, March 2017.

This article uses a case scenario to review various types of burn injuries, burn pathophysiology, and what nurses need to know to provide comprehensive assessment and resuscitative care to patients with this type of injury.

Glycemic control in hospitalized patients

Kubacka, Beata

Nursing Critical Care. 10(1):8-14, January 2015.

Read about the latest evidence-based guidelines for treating hospitalized adult patients with diabetes. Nurses should make sure patients obtain appropriate monitoring and treatment, avoid hypo- and hyperglycemia, and receive timely follow-up care.

Getting in sync with intra-aortic balloon pump therapy

Goldich, Guy

Nursing Critical Care. 6(3):14-19, May 2011.

Patients may need IABP therapy for a variety of reasons, including unstable angina or to improve myocardial oxygen delivery during cardiac procedures. Find out how to manage a patient who's receiving this therapy.

Vasoactive agents in shock

Griffiths, Carrie L.; Vestal, Mark L.; Hertel, Kristie A.

Nursing Critical Care. 13(2):6-13, March 2018.

Vasoactive agents, such as vasopressors and inotropes, are frequently needed to manage the patient in shock and prevent adverse outcomes. This article reviews the clinical manifestations of shock, as well as the vasoactive agents used to manage shock and what critical care nurses need to know about these important drugs.

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

O'Leary, Geraldine M.

Nursing2019 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.

Delivering LGBTQ-sensitive care

Lim, Fidelindo; Paguirigan, Medel; Cernivani, Daniel

Nursing2019 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.

Five steps to reduce bullying

Langlois, Barb

Nursing Critical Care. 7(1):48, January 2012.

Nurse-to-nurse bullying is widespread, infiltrates most nursing units, and creates a harmful work environment. Follow these five easy steps to ensure you're not one of the culprits.

Uncommon causes of noncardiogenic pulmonary edema

Simko, Lynn Coletta; Culleiton, Alicia L.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 14(2):22-29, March 2019.

This article reviews the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostics, treatment, and nursing considerations associated with several uncommon causes of noncardiogenic pulmonary edema, including transfusion-related acute lung injury, neurogenic pulmonary edema, preeclampsia/eclampsia, opioid overdose, high altitude pulmonary edema, and pulmonary embolism.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: A review

Trinsey, Ashley

Nursing Critical Care. 12(4):16-23, July 2017.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a mechanical circulatory support device that is used when the heart and/or lung functions are affected by severe disease or organ dysfunction. ECMO therapy provides temporary, lifesaving support to the body until surgical intervention or more permanent treatments can be provided. This article reviews the two main types of ECMO therapy along with therapeutic indications, function, and management of critically ill adult patients using ECMO.

Nursing2019 Skin and wound care survey

Ayello, Elizabeth A.; Baranoski, Sharon

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 14(2):38-40, March 2019.

Help us gather new information on current skin care and wound prevention and treatment practices by completing a confidential and anonymous survey. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini.

Recognizing cerebral venous thrombosis in adults

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 13(3):6-13, May 2018.

Review the anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, risk factors, and complications of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT). Because this serious thrombotic disorder can be mistaken for a migraine, critical care nurses need to be familiar with the clinical presentation of CVT so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.

The neurologic assessment toolbox: Key assessments at critical times

Mink, Janice

Nursing Critical Care. 7(3):12-17, May 2012.

Brush up on five popular screening tools used to assess patients with neurologic disorders and find out what these assessments actually tell you about your patient's neurologic function.

Update: 2017/2018 AHA BLS, ACLS, and PALS guidelines

Craig-Brangan, Karen Jean; Day, Mary Patricia

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 14(1):33-35, January 2019.

The American Heart Association released updates to its Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) guidelines in November 2018. This article summarizes the major updates from the 2018 guidelines as well as the 2017 Basic Life Support (BLS) guidelines update.

Psychoactive bath salts: An emerging crisis

Wieland, Diane M.

Nursing Critical Care. 10(3):22-27, May 2015.

Increasingly, critical care nurses are admitting aggressive patients who are withdrawing from psychoactive bath salts and may be dangerous to themselves and others. Symptoms may take days to improve or could worsen, leading to multi-system organ failure and admission to the ICU.

Shhh! Too much hospital noise slows recovery

Lim, Fidelindo A.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(2):43-47, March 2014.

Monotonous call bells, oscillating conversations, and clanking equipment disturb patients' rest, especially in the ICU and operating rooms. But besides being irritating, excessive noise causes sleep deprivation, which can lead to hypertension, an increase in cardiovascular disease, impaired immune function, attention and memory deficits, depression and even death.

The art of nursing

Palatnik, AnneMarie

Nursing Critical Care. 6(3):4, May 2011.

Nursing is as much art as science, but are younger generations learning that? Caring mentors can help pass the torch to tomorrow's nurses.

Acute ischemic stroke: The golden hour

Anderson, Jane A.

Nursing Critical Care. 11(3):28-36, May 2016.

Acute ischemic stroke is a medical emergency resulting from an embolic or thrombotic occlusion of an intracranial artery. This article provides acute care nurses with a summary of recent updates on the rapid evaluation and workup for patient selection and treatment with I.V. fibrinolysis.

Avoiding legal risks in critical care nursing

Catalano, Lori A.; Werdman, Eileen

Nursing Critical Care. 12(4):30-35, July 2017.

Critical care nursing requires critical thinking and quick actions. Because of this, nurses may exceed their scope of practice or utilize workarounds that risk patient safety, both of which can lead to malpractice. This article provides nurses with information on how to avoid legal risks in critical care.

Understanding pacemaker rhythms part 1

Geiter, Henry Jr.; McDowell, Liza

Nursing Critical Care. 6(4):26-34, July 2011.

This first article in a three-part series focuses on basics of the device and recognizing normal pacemaker rhythms on the ECG. Future articles will focus on identifying potentially serious pacemaker malfunctions.

Animal-assisted therapy and activities in the critical care setting

Rugari, Susan M.; Hunter, Cheryl L.; Carswell, B. Michele

Nursing Critical Care. 12(6):32-40, November 2017.

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and animal-assisted activities (AAA) are different dimensions in the field of human-animal interaction that incorporate various species of animals in diverse manners to benefit humans. Research shows physiologic and psychological benefits of AAT/AAA but is limited in the area of critical care. Current guidelines discourage the use of AAT/AAA in CCUs because of infection control concerns. However, these concerns can be addressed with the right policies.

Patient education in 5 easy pieces

Overgaard, Penny Morgan

Nursing Critical Care. 5(3):48, May 2010.

Try these 5 easy steps to add education to every patient encounter. Good teaching can help improve patient outcomes and may even save a life.

Pharmacotherapy management in critically ill older adults

Kaplow, Roberta; Griffiths, Carrie L.

Nursing2019 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.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Karycki, Melody K.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 14(1):22-30, January 2019.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an alternative to surgical intervention. This article discusses various prosthetic valve devices and outlines TAVR diagnostic screening, procedures, complications, postoperative management, and nursing considerations.

Spotlight on the 2016 National Patient Safety Goals for hospitals

Mascioli, Susan; Carrico, Christine B.

Nursing Critical Care. 11(6):19-22, November 2016.

This article describes the new National Patient Safety Goal requirements for 2016 and provides an overview for implementation.

Celebrating our profession and Florence Nightingale

Palatnik, AnneMarie

Nursing Critical Care. 5(3):4, May 2010.

The annual observation of Nurses Week is a time to reenergize yourself and your practice, and remember that you make a difference, every day.

Waterworld, part 2: Understanding diabetes insipidus in adults

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing Critical Care. 7(1):12-16, January 2012.

Refresh your understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of DI, a disorder of excess water excretion.

In-hospital cardiac arrest

Leary, Marion

Nursing Critical Care. 10(1):34-40, January 2015.

Hospital teams need experienced leadership, with members filling defined roles to properly treat patients in cardiac arrest. Overcrowding can cause poor communication, prevent task delegation and potentially risk patients' lives. Healthcare professionals are more confident when they have “rolling refreshers” periodically practicing CPR skills, using CPR training manikins, and CPR feedback devices.

Recognition, management, and prevention of burn sepsis in pediatric patients

Comeau, Nicholas P.

Nursing Critical Care. 11(6):24-30, November 2016.

Learn about the signs and symptoms of burn sepsis in pediatric patients, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, evaluation, and prevention of this potentially fatal invasive infection.

Keeping pace: Understanding temporary transvenous cardiac pacing

Gibson, Jennifer A.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(5):20-27, September 2014.

A temporary, ventricular transvenous pacemaker (TVPM) is an invasive intervention option to manage unstable cardiac dysrhythmias. TVPMs can also be associated with serious risks.

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

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

Nursing2019 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.

Inflammatory mechanisms associated with COPD: A principle-based concept analysis

Conley, Patricia B.; Kelechi, Teresa J.

Nursing Critical Care. 12(3):24-30, May 2017.

Identification of the attributes, antecedents, and outcomes of inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is essential. Studies examining the mediators of inflammation have investigated the physiologic, cellular, and molecular causes, but none of the findings are conclusive. This principle-based concept analysis of debilitating pulmonary inflammation focuses on identifying the mediators that initiate and exacerbate chronic COPD. Determining the exact mediators will help develop treatments to better target the detrimental pathogenesis of inflammation in COPD. Nurses, working together with other healthcare scientists, can improve healthcare delivery and quality of life for their patients through future research.

Meningitis: the inflamed brain

Burnet, Sophary; Huntley, Ann; Kemp, Kelda M.

Nursing Critical Care. 2(4):28-36, July 2007.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges of the brain, which is caused by various pathogens. Critical care nurses are the first-line clinicians to observe these patients in the ICU, thus, they're an integral part of the prevention of major complications. Therefore, revisit the anatomy, epidemiology, and types of meningitis, as well as prevention, nursing care, and treatment for the disease.

Aortic stenosis

Townsend, Terri

Nursing Critical Care. 10(1):15-17, January 2015.

Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve opening becomes narrowed, resulting in left ventricular outflow obstruction. The most common cause of this progressive disorder is calcification of the valve leaflets. Risk factors for calcification include: hypertension, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome, and smoking.

Hyperglycemia management in patients with acute ischemic stroke

MacIntyre, Rebecca; Ciechanowski, Mary

Nursing2019 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.

Moyamoya disease: A puzzling condition

Bussinger, Patricia A.

Nursing Critical Care. 9(1):25-27, January 2014.

A smoker with asthma found out when she crashed into a car that what she thought was a stroke was a rare, progressive brain disease.

What is urine specific gravity?

Flasar, Cathy

Nursing Critical Care. 3(6):9, November 2008.

Measuring urine specific gravity is an easy and convenient way to gauge a patient's hydration status, as well as the functional ability of the kidneys.

Burn injuries in the ICU: A case scenario approach Part 2

Simko, Lynn Coletta; Culleiton, Alicia L.

Nursing Critical Care. 12(5):26-36, September 2017.

This article is the second part of a case study about Abe, a young Amish patient with severe burn injuries. In Part 1, various types of burns were described, as well as initial resuscitative care for patients with severe burn injuries. In Part 2, the authors detail Abe's unfolding case scenario and conclusion, cultural concerns in nursing care for an Amish patient, and the treatment modalities necessary to manage patients with burn injuries in the ICU.

Genetics & Genomics in critical care nursing

Pestka, Elizabeth L.; Dretsch, Margaret F.

Nursing Critical Care. 5(6):12-16, November 2010.

This article provides an overview of the importance of genetics and genomics for nurses and uses hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a commonly inherited cardiovascular disorder, as an example of a genetic disorder with implications for nursing care.

Start with a PICOT question to make your case

Echevarria, Ilia M.; Walker, Susan

Nursing Critical Care. 10(3):14-16, May 2015.

PICOT is an acronym for five key components that help nurses ask clinical or researchable questions with an evidence-based practice framework.

How to save a life: A suicide prevention protocol for critical care

Maclay, Tammy

Nursing Critical Care. 7(4):17-21, July 2012.

About half of the adults who attempt suicide stay overnight or longer in a hospital for their suicide attempts, but general hospitals aren't designed to care for patients at risk of suicide. Learn how one facility developed a protocol to help a critical care unit keep these patients safe.

Thank you, Kelley Johnson, Miss Colorado!

Nursing Critical Care. 10(6):4, November 2015.

Nurses united on social media to support their profession after hosts of a morning TV show made fun of the monologue given by Miss Colorado 2015 Kelley Johnson in the Miss America pageant.

Acquired autoimmune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing2018 Critical Care. 13(5):22-30, September 2018.

Acquired autoimmune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is life threatening if left untreated. Learn how to recognize this hematologic disease early so that therapeutic plasma exchange can begin as soon as possible.

Zika virus: What nurses need to know

Coyle, Amanda L.

Nursing Critical Care. 11(4):30-34, July 2016.

Local, state, national, and international healthcare organizations are rapidly scaling up their response to the recent Zika virus outbreak. Nurses must stay abreast of the evolving body of knowledge surrounding Zika virus infection in order to provide optimal care to their patients.

Updating your nutrition care practice

McCarthy, Mary S.; Martindale, Robert G.

Nursing Critical Care. 10(1):18-26, January 2015.

About 65% of ICU patients aren't receiving enough nutrition. When their survival is threatened, nutrition taken orally, topically, through inhalation, or by injection helps improve outcomes. Active nutrients reduce damage to cells, control inflammation, decrease the metabolic response to stress, and improve feeding tolerance.

Assessing the anion gap

Campana, Theresa

Nursing Critical Care. 4(2):15-17, March 2009.

Arterial blood gas results and serum electrolyte values let you assess the anion gap so you can diagnose and treat acid-base imbalances in critically ill patients.

Improve cardiac outcomes with TEG

Sorensen, Ellen Ruth; Lorme, Tracy B.; Heath, Dawn

Nursing Critical Care. 1(2):18-24, March 2006.

Thromboelastography increases patient safety by decreasing blood component transfusions.

Atrial fibrillation: The ruthless irregular rhythm

Yee, Cathy A.

Nursing Critical Care. 1(5):30-37, September 2006.

The effects of postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) can be significant and costly, not only to the healthcare system, but also to the individual. As the incidence of postoperative AF rises, many hospitals are developing practice standards in an effort to improve patient outcomes.