Managing the airway in acute care patients

Understanding how to assess, secure, and manage an airway can save a patient's life in an emergent situation. The NP must assess patients in respiratory distress quickly and in an organized manner to implement life-saving treatment and stabilize the patient before further decline occurs. This article will briefly describe the basics of airway management.

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Addressing pediatric intoeing in primary care

Primary care providers frequently encounter children with an intoed gait. Intoeing is most often a normal variation of development that resolves without treatment. The well informed primary care NP can identify the small subset who need referral through child and/or family history, physical exam, and by recognizing red flags.

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Primary care management of obesity: Individualized treatment strategies

Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. This article explores the popular diet trends in the country and analyzes their potential for use among patients with comorbid conditions. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology guidelines for obesity management are used as a framework for comparing obesity management options.

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The human papilloma vaccine: A time for NP leadership

The human papilloma virus (HPV) causes approximately 30,700 annual cancer cases of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, oral cavity, and anus. Nurse practitioners can use their unique relationships with patients to advocate for the HPV vaccine. The purpose of this article is to update NPs on current knowledge regarding the HPV vaccine while providing appropriate information necessary for counseling patients and parents.

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