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March 2020 - Volume 15 - Issue 2
pp: 4-48

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Implementing real-time sepsis alerts using middleware and smartphone technology

Zimmermann, Melissa; Chung, You “Jay”; Fleming, Cara; More

Nursing Critical Care. 15(2):41-48, March 2020.

Implementing sepsis alerts with smartphone technology

Current sepsis research: What nurses need to know

Seckel, Maureen A.

Nursing Critical Care. 15(2):6-13, March 2020.

Despite recently published definitions and guidelines that provide a framework for the care of patients with sepsis, there is no strong consensus among experts about many aspects of sepsis screening or the assessment and care of patients with sepsis. This article highlights current evidence revealed by some recent significant research studies and discusses the implications for nursing practice.

E-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury: An update

Huey, Sally; Granitto, Margaret; Brien, Lori; More

Nursing Critical Care. 15(2):14-20, March 2020.

The use of e-cigarettes in the US has been reported widely across various age groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ethnicities. Of concern is the use of e-cigarettes in adolescent and young adult “never before smokers.” Several public health organizations have made recommendations pertaining to e-cigarette use. This article summarizes the latest recommendations.

Ventilator waveforms: Clues to the patient-ventilator system

Pruitt, Bill

Nursing Critical Care. 15(2):29-36, March 2020.

Mechanical ventilation supports patients by decreasing the work of breathing, supporting and improving gas exchange, and recruiting collapsed alveoli. However, mechanical ventilation can cause harm by opening the door for infection, contributing to muscle atrophy and ventilator dependence, contributing to an increased work of breathing, or damaging the fragile lung tissues. This article examines how ventilator waveforms can help achieve the delicate balance of providing ventilatory support while avoiding harm in adults and give clues to how well the patient-ventilator system is functioning.

Evaluating the Evidence

Determining the level of evidence: Nonresearch evidence

Glasofer, Amy; Townsend, Ann B.

Nursing Critical Care. 15(2):22-26, March 2020.

The final installment in this series reviews different types of nonresearch evidence useful in clinical decision-making.