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May 2020 - Volume 15 - Issue 3
pp: 4-48

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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: The nurse's role in patient care

Bergeron, Amanda; Holifield, Linda

Nursing Critical Care. 15(3):6-14, May 2020.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is increasingly being used with adult patients in respiratory failure or cardiac failure. ECMO is a complex treatment that requires diligent nursing care. Critical care nurses with the knowledge and ability to identify complications of ECMO can potentially reduce morbidity and mortality in these high-acuity patients.

The cold truth about postcardiac arrest targeted temperature management: 33°C versus 36°C

Knippa, Sara; Butler, Jana; Johnson, Lauren; More

Nursing Critical Care. 15(3):16-23, May 2020.

This article provides nurses with up-to-date evidence empowering them to contribute to the 33°C versus 36°C discussion in postcardiac arrest targeted temperature management (TTM). Presented in debate format, this article addresses the pros and cons of various target temperatures as it applies the evidence around TTM to clinical scenarios.

A new look at managing hyperkalemia in high-risk patients

Earl, Grace

Nursing Critical Care. 15(3):25-34, May 2020.

Two medications that bind potassium in the gastrointestinal tract are indicated for hyperkalemia management. Patiromer and sodium zirconium cyclosilicate have been studied in patients with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and heart failure. Recent studies have examined the role of potassium binders as maintenance therapy to control hyperkalemia in high-risk patients.