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March 2016 - Volume 11 - Issue 2
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Heart Beats

Innovations in Practice

Innovations in practice: A call for research, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice projects

Glasofer, Amy

Nursing Critical Care. 11(2):7-10, March 2016.

Introducing our newest department, which will focus on publishing high-quality research, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice projects that are relevant to critical care nursing practice.

Tech Talk

Understanding the impact of big data on nursing knowledge

Sensmeier, Joyce

Nursing Critical Care. 11(2):11-13, March 2016.

What you need to know about big data, which offers a tremendous opportunity to accelerate the growth and synthesis of new knowledge to make a positive impact on nurses and the individuals/populations nurses serve.


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.

Update: 2015 AHA BLS and ACLS guidelines

Craig-Brangan, Karen Jean; Day, Mary Patricia

Nursing Critical Care. 11(2):24-29, March 2016.

The American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care includes new strategies for resuscitation.

An oral care survey for critically ill patients

Grap, Mary Jo; Munro, Cindy L.; Gardner, Marie

Nursing Critical Care. 11(2):30-34, March 2016.

The importance of oral care in critically ill patients has been well documented, especially in those who are mechanically ventilated. Documentation is important in these patients, which includes information on the frequency of oral care.

Managing vasoactive infusions to restore hemodynamic stability

Timmerman, Rosemary A.

Nursing Critical Care. 11(2):35-43, March 2016.

Critically ill patients frequently suffer circulatory disturbances necessitating the use of vasoactive medications. Critical care nurses must know the actions and possible adverse reactions of vasoactive agents and be able to titrate hemodynamic medications to achieve therapeutic endpoints indicating adequate perfusion.

Bark scorpion envenomation

Simon, R. Bryan

Nursing Critical Care. 11(2):44-47, March 2016.

The bark scorpion is the most dangerous scorpion within the United States. Early identification of common signs and symptoms and a better understanding of treatment protocols have resulted in more effective care of patients and a lessening of the adverse reactions of the venom.

#Blacklivesmatter: Leveraging family collaboration in pain management

Booker, Staja Q.

Nursing Critical Care. 11(2):1-7, March 2016.

Pain may be more difficult to manage in ethnically diverse patients, such as Black Americans. Learn how family collaboration can assist nurses to effectively assess and treat pain while also respecting and incorporating personal and cultural preferences.