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July 2020 - Volume 15 - Issue 4
pp: 4-48

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Common antidotes used in the ICU

Griffiths, Carrie L.; Patel, Arzu; Hertel, Kristie A

Nursing Critical Care. 15(4):9-16, July 2020.

When ingested, some common household products can be poisonous, and, when taken improperly, both prescription and over-the-counter medications can result in overdoses. This article describes several common toxicities encountered in the ICU and their respective antidotes.

Hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis

Mitchell-Brown, Fay

Nursing Critical Care. 15(4):18-23, July 2020.

Hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis causes significant morbidity and mortality. It is important to promptly identify the underlying etiology and deliver the appropriate care to affected patients. Management includes supportive care and attempts to lower the serum triglyceride level. A case report of a patient treated successfully with an insulin infusion is presented.

Thoracic endovascular aortic repair

O'Leary, Geraldine M.

Nursing Critical Care. 15(4):24-32, July 2020.

Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has emerged as the surgical treatment of choice for patients with thoracic aortic aneurysm. This article focuses on the indications, contraindications, diagnostic studies, procedure, complications, nursing considerations, and patient discharge instructions for patients undergoing TEVAR.