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Pulmonary function testing for the primary care nurse practitioner

Knowledge of which pulmonary function tests are commonly performed in primary care and interpretation of their results is integral for the diagnosis, care, and management of those with pulmonary symptoms. This article provides an overview of the most common pulmonary function tests and interpretation of their results.

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Crohn disease: Identification, diagnosis, and clinical management

Crohn disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder affecting children and adults. With its increasing prevalence, healthcare providers need adequate resources to assist with diagnosis and management. This article discusses early diagnosis, disease severity and classification, familial predisposition and genomics, and clinical management in the primary care setting.

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CHIPS: Prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy before and after cardiac catheterization

Contrast-induced nephropathy is the leading cause of acute kidney injury in hospital settings. Practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of preventive interventions. This article provides a mnemonic NPs can use to prevent contrast-induced nephropathy. The mnemonic, CHIPS, addresses Contrast minimizations, Hemofiltration, Iso-osmolar/low osmolar contrast, Pharmacologic interventions, and Saline I.V. hydration.

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Antiretroviral therapies and corticosteroids: Drug-drug interactions

Antiretroviral therapies for HIV may cause systemic toxicities when coadministered with corticosteroids. Potential drug-drug interactions may occur, leading to iatrogenic Cushing syndrome or adrenal insufficiency. This article highlights the drug-drug interactions of antiretroviral therapies with corticosteroids. Practice implications are discussed.

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