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September 2015 - Volume 10 - Issue 5
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Editorial


Back to school

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):4, September 2015.

Our editor-in-chief, AnneMarie Palatnik, is going back to school for her doctorate in nursing practice degree. She's following the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing report to double the number of nurses with a doctorate degree by 2020 and ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning.

Heart Beats


Understanding infective endocarditis

Laing, Craig

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):6-9, September 2015.

Infective endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium (the lining of the heart's chambers), caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses. This may result in valvular heart disease and left-ventricular systolic dysfunction.

Research Rounds


Patients' perceptions of proper hand hygiene

Busby, Sunni R.; Kennedy, Bryan; Davis, Stephanie C.; More

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):10-14, September 2015.

This study looked at patients' perceptions of proper hand hygiene when caregivers used soap and water, waterless hand cleaner, or a combination of the two.

Tech Talk


Tele-ICU today: Connecting care through innovation

Davis, Theresa M.; Olff, Carol

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):15-18, September 2015.

In a tele-ICU, nurses and physicians use workstations with 6-7 computer screens accessing electronic health records, patient hemodynamics, and cardiac rhythms.

Topics in Progressive Care


ICU progressive mobility

Atkins, Jordan R.; Kautz, Donald D.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):19-21, September 2015.

Immobile patients are at increased risk for ventilator-associated pneumonia, atelectasis, muscle mass loss, and hemodynamic instability.

Pearls


Calming pediatric surgery patients and parents

Dziuba-Pallotta, Jennifer

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):48, September 2015.

Reducing preoperative anxiety is one of the most important considerations in pediatric surgery. A composed parent can help a child stay calm in an otherwise emotionally tense environment.


Shivering suppression in therapeutic hypothermia

Plitnick, Katherine R.; Biehle, Karen J.; Meinken, Constance

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):22-26, September 2015.

Therapeutic hypothermia uses methods such as ice packs and cooling blankets to reduce a patient's body temperature, which decreases cerebral oxygen consumption, and metabolic rate, improving survival and preventing neurologic damage.

Preventing medication errors in critical care

Dalal, Kavitha S.; Barto, Donna; Smith, Tiffany R.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):27-32, September 2015.

Nurses need to identify, evaluate, and avert medication errors, along with avoiding any preventable drug usage that may lead to patient harm in the ICU.

Tackling central line-associated bloodstream infections in the ICU

Hebden, Joan N.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):34-39, September 2015.

Central venous catheters are used for hemodynamic monitoring and to provide fluids, medications, and nutritional support. But they can also be the source of healthcare-associated infections.

More nurses asked to get baccalaureate degrees

Specht, Dawn M.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):40-46, September 2015.

Why should RNs get a BSN? This article focuses on what's required for the degree and how additional education helps nurses advance in their careers and reduces patient mortality.


A comparative study of code blue records

Whitcomb, John J.; Hahn, Cayla; Sumner, Ivey; More

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 10(5):1-2, September 2015.

Data collected in the ICU and CCU, from a cardiac arrest sheet and a handheld electronic device, were compared for 3 months. This study reviewed which of the two techniques most accurately captured code blue events.