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January 2020 - Volume 15 - Issue 1
pp: 4-48

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Nursing care and considerations

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing Critical Care. 15(1):6-14, January 2020.

This neurodegenerative disease is rapidly progressive and always fatal, although treatment can help slow disease progression. This article includes the etiology and pathophysiology of, signs and symptoms of, diagnosis of, and treatment for ALS, and special nursing considerations to help patients at end of life.

Confidently caring for critically ill overweight and obese adults

Pritts, Wanda

Nursing Critical Care. 15(1):16-22, January 2020.

One in four critically ill patients is classified as extremely obese. The bariatric patient presents with a variety of complex physiologic vulnerabilities related to ventilation, tissue perfusion, pharmacokinetics, and mobility. Critical care nurses are uniquely situated to provide safe, compassionate care to these patients.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: New hope for an old disease

Larkin, Gail; Bellomo, Tamara; Caze, Lenel

Nursing Critical Care. 15(1):28-36, January 2020.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a common congenital heart disease, is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in adolescents, young adults, and athletes. Older adults with HCM are less likely to experience sudden cardiac death, but their quality of life can be impaired. This article discusses diagnostic criteria, treatments, and critical care nursing interventions, including patient teaching, for adults with HCM.

Evaluating the Evidence


Determining the level of evidence: Nonexperimental research designs

Glasofer, Amy; Townsend, Ann B.

Nursing Critical Care. 15(1):24-27, January 2020.

The next installment in this series provides critical care nurses with guidance to identify key features of the most-common nonexperimental research designs.