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July 2015 Vol. 10 No. 7

Author: Shari J. Lynn, MSN, RN, and Kathryn Kushto-Reese, MS, RN

A chronic inflammatory airway disorder, asthma is marked by airway hyperresponsiveness with recurrent episodes of wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest, and shortness of breath. Typically, these episodes are associated with airflow obstruction that may be reversed spontaneously or with treatment.

Asthma affects approximately 300 million people around the world . . .

May 2015 Vol. 10 No. 5

Author: Angela C. Muzzy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS-BC, and Amy K. Butler, BSN, RN

Once treated only in high-acuity settings, patients with chest tubes now receive care in inpatient medical-surgical floors, outpatient procedural areas (such as interventional radiology), and other settings. More recently, to help shorten hospital stays and reduce readmissions, patients are being discharged with smaller, more portable chest tubes. This . . .

February 2015 Vol. 10 No. 2

Author: Claire P. Donaghy, PhD, CCRN, APN, CNE, and Sibylle Ugirase, BSN, RN

Tuberculosis (TB) is a global health problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one third of the world’s population is infected with TB, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 9 million new cases each year worldwide. Of these new cases, one million are in . . .

January 2015 Vol. 10 No 1

Author: Julia Hooley, MSN, RN

Mrs. Glenn, a 72-year-old female on a medical-surgical floor, was hospitalized 3 days ago for pneumonia. Since her admission, she has been on continuous pulse oximetry and is receiving oxygen (2 L/minute by nasal cannula) and antibiotics. A chest X-ray taken earlier today showed little . . .

November 2014 Vol. 9 No. 11

Author: Michelle Fournier, MN, RN, CCRN-K

Respiratory failure is one of the most common reasons for admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) and a common comorbidity in patients admitted for acute care. What’s more, it’s the leading cause of death from pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States. This . . .

October 2014 Vol. 9 No. 10

Author: Amanda D. Gaudy, MSN, APRN, CNS-BC

In asthma, airway inflammation leads to airway obstruction, which may be chronic or arise as an acute symptom exacerbation. Asthma signs and symptoms range from mild to severe and may proceed to life-threatening complications, including respiratory failure and even death. What’s more, an asthma attack can cause fear . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

According to a study in JAMA, adding thrombolytics to conventional approaches when treating patients with sudden-onset pulmonary embolism is associated with 47% fewer deaths than using standard anticoagulant medications alone. Read more and read the study abstract . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

A Phase II study found that patients with ACE inhibitor-induced angioedema who received ecallantide were more likely to be discharged sooner than those treated with antihistamines and steroids. Read more . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

On April 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zykadia for patients with a certain type of late-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Read more . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published information about Middle East Respiratory System (MERS) for healthcare professionals. The information includes interim guidance, case definitions, and preparedness. Read more . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

A nurse working in the intensive care unit administers 100 mg of diazepam I.V. as ordered by the new resident. Although she checks on the patient often and records her findings, the patient dies of respiratory arrest. This is an example of which category of error?

a. Failure to . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

A team approach reduces rates of major complications for complex spinal reconstructive surgery by two thirds, according to a report in Spine Deformity. The three main features are: two spine surgeons in the OR, a live preoperative screening conference, and monitoring bleeding during the operation. Read more . . .

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