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September 2013 - Volume 8 - Issue 5
pp: 4-48

Editorial


Strive for a balanced approach to solving problems

Nursing Critical Care. 8(5):4, September 2013.

If you look for problems, you'll invariably find them wherever you look, but if you search for what's inherently good in your workplace, you can learn from it, multiply it, and magnify its successes.

Heart Beats


MI mimickers: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Barto, Donna

Nursing Critical Care. 8(5):6-7, September 2013.

Know the difference between an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and takotsubo cardiomyopathy, the “broken heart” syndrome.

Topics in Progressive Care


Managing magnesium imbalance

Schreiber, Mary

Nursing Critical Care. 8(5):8-10, September 2013.

Refresh your knowledge of the role magnesium plays in fluid and electrolyte balance, signs and symptoms of magnesium imbalance, and how to interview quickly.

Decoding Genetics


What you need to know about pharmacogenomics

Cheek, Dennis J.

Nursing Critical Care. 8(5):12-15, September 2013.

Advances in pharmacogenomics—the science of how our DNA affects medication metabolism—can improve patient outcomes by optimizing therapeutic effects and reducing the potential for adverse reactions.

Pearls



What's new in sepsis?

Foran, Catherine K.

Nursing Critical Care. 8(5):16-21, September 2013.

Is your facility up to date with the new Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines for managing severe sepsis and septic shock? Read about the changes and how to improve best practices and outcomes in adults.

Effective communication at change of shift

Capek, Justin; Pascarella, Jane; Wymard-Tomlinson, Danielle

Nursing Critical Care. 8(5):22-24, September 2013.

Find out how one facility used a change of shift reporting protocol to improve patient information handoff in critical care units.

Pulmonary embolism: Know the signs, act fast, save lives

Simko, Lynn C.; Culleiton, Alicia L.

Nursing Critical Care. 8(5):26-31, September 2013.

One-third of patients who develop pulmonary embolism die. Here's how to recognize the problem and intervene appropriately to save lives.

Systems biology in critical care nursing

Schallom, Lynn; Thimmesch, Amanda R.; Pierce, Janet D.

Nursing Critical Care. 8(5):36-43, September 2013.

Take a predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory approach to healthcare using systems biology, a new model of viewing patients holistically, as opposed to as a sum of organs to be treated.

Minimizing self-extubation

Smilow, Rachelle

Nursing Critical Care. 8(5):44-47, September 2013.

Nearly a quarter of ICU patient prematurely remove their endotracheal tubes. Find out how to use sedation and restraints wisely to prevent self-extubation.