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July 2016 - Volume 11 - Issue 4
pp: 4-48

Guest Editorial

Heart Beats

Innovations in Practice

Professional Enrichment

Tech Talk


Delirium screening in the ICU

Marino, Jessica M.; Yegneswaran, Balaji

Nursing Critical Care. 11(4):18-22, July 2016.

Acute delirium is a commonly observed syndrome associated with poor clinical outcomes. Delirium screening is a valuable way for nurses to perform a more comprehensive patient assessment.

Update: 2015 AHA Pediatric BLS and ALS guidelines

Craig-Brangan, Karen Jean; Day, Mary Patricia

Nursing Critical Care. 11(4):24-29, July 2016.

The 2015 update from the American Heart Association for pediatric Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support guidelines contains evidence-based recommendations for care supported by the latest research. Explore the changes here.

Zika virus: What nurses need to know

Coyle, Amanda L.

Nursing Critical Care. 11(4):30-34, July 2016.

Local, state, national, and international healthcare organizations are rapidly scaling up their response to the recent Zika virus outbreak. Nurses must stay abreast of the evolving body of knowledge surrounding Zika virus infection in order to provide optimal care to their patients.

How low should you go? The latest on targeted temperature management

Ng, Yuenhung

Nursing Critical Care. 11(4):35-40, July 2016.

Targeted temperature management can improve neurologic outcomes and survival rates for adults with return of spontaneous circulation after cardiac arrest. This article examines the evidence to determine what temperature results in fewer complications and is the best option for select high-risk patients.

Family presence during resuscitation

Strasen, Jessica; Van Sell, Sharon L.; Sheriff, Susan

Nursing Critical Care. 11(4):42-46, July 2016.

Offering family members the option to be present during resuscitation efforts is recommended by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as best practice. This article provides guidance for critical care nurses who want to implement family presence during resuscitation.

Clinical Scene Investigator Part 2

Nurses emerge as change leaders

Iacono, Laura; Altman, Marian

Nursing Critical Care. 11(4):14-17, July 2016.

In the second of this three-part series, the authors explore how leadership development helped one hospital's neurosurgical ICU nurses achieve a significant reduction in their catheter-associated urinary tract infection rate.