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November 2013 - Volume 8 - Issue 6
pp: 4-48


Stop, Breath, and Be!

Nursing Critical Care. 8(6):4, November 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

Topics in Progressive Care

Managing calcium imbalance

Schreiber, Mary

Nursing Critical Care. 8(6):8-10, November 2013.

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

Tech Talk

A patient acuity checklist for the digital age

Garcia, Amy

Nursing Critical Care. 8(6):11-13, November 2013.

While the general concept makes sense, acuity systems can create extra and even duplicate work for staff members. Insist on an acuity system that meets the needs of your patients, nurses, and healthcare system.

Research Rounds


A less-invasive option for aortic valve replacement

Shulaw, Rhoda K.

Nursing Critical Care. 8(6):18-21, November 2013.

Read about the newest treatments for symptomatic severe aortic stenosis and how to treat patients afterward to prevent complications.

Beyond the bridge

Johnson, Susannah; Kautz, Donald D.

Nursing Critical Care. 8(6):32-37, November 2013.

Destination therapy helps with patient survival; however, those who experience complications may decide to end their therapy. Read about all of the benefits and complications.

Safely transporting sedated patients

Walker, Susan; Miller, Denise; Horne, Susan; More

Nursing Critical Care. 8(6):38-41, November 2013.

A facility in Philadelphia created nursing protocols to improve patient safety during transportation.

Turning the tide on respiratory depression

D'Arcy, Yvonne

Nursing Critical Care. 8(6):42-47, November 2013.

Most patients utilizing medication for comfort before or after surgery have no issues. However, those using opioids or undergoing sedation/analgesia need to be closely monitored.