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January 2013 - Volume 8 - Issue 1
pp: 4-48


Heart Beats

Rhythm self-quiz: Fast and deadly

Craig, Karen Jean

Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):5-6, January 2013.

Test your rhythm strip interpretation using a five-step analysis method. Identify the mystery dysrhythmia, and learn about its causes and management.

Research Rounds

Designing a research study that can be used in practice

Specht, Dawn M.

Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):7-9, January 2013.

Designing a research study doesn't have to be intimidating. Follow this clinical scenario to learn how to get started doing nursing research.

Topics in Progressive Care

Understanding endovascular aneurysm repair

Buckley, Barbra A.

Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):10-13, January 2013.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm can be life-threatening, but endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) offers a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery. Find out how EVAR helps and what you can do to ensure a successful outcome.


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.

Tipping the scales: Understanding thyroid imbalances

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):23-28, January 2013.

Thyroid hormones affect overall metabolism and electrolyte balance. Alterations in thyroid hormone function can cause widespread and potentially life-threatening effects. Review hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism and what you need to know about each condition.

Acute carbon monoxide toxicity

Laing, Craig

Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):30-34, January 2013.

During winter, the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) toxicity from malfunctioning heaters and inadequate ventilation increases. Even experienced healthcare professionals may miss signs and symptoms of this potentially fatal disorder. Learn to recognize CO toxicity promptly and respond appropriately.

Sedation Vacation: Worth The Trip

Hogue, Michael D.; Mamula, Staci

Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):35-37, January 2013.

Daily sedation interruption (DSI, also called a sedation vacation) can be beneficial for mechanically ventilated patients. Here's what you need to know about DSI so that evidence-based guidelines are followed when sedatives and analgesics are stopped temporarily.

Radiation, contrast media, and the pregnant patient

Rank, Wendi

Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):38-42, January 2013.

Patients and healthcare providers often become anxious over the prospect of radiation exposure during pregnancy. But is it really as dangerous as we think? This article explains the potential complications of radiation exposure in pregnancy, as well as contrast use during pregnancy and lactation.

Understanding the heart-brain link

Overstreet, Winsome; Frederick, Murielle

Nursing Critical Care. 8(1):44-47, January 2013.

Cardiac abnormalities can precipitate neurologic events in patients admitted to the neuroscience ICU. But neurologic injury hasn't always been recognized as a risk factor for cardiac dysrhythmias. This article explores the link between cardiac dysrhythmias and various neurologic disorders and injuries including trauma, ischemic stroke, and intracranial hemorrhage.