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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding health care professionals that nimodipine should never be administered intravenously.

Two studies offer support for compression-only CPR.

Paramedics in New York City will employ therapeutic hypothermia in cardiac arrest cases.

Updated clinical practice guideline from the American Association for Respiratory Care: Endotracheal Suctioning of Mechanically Ventilated Patients With Artificial Airways 2010


  FROM OUR JOURNALS


Unraveling Guillain-Barré Syndrome
Nursing Management, August 2010

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is defined as an inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nerves. It's characterized by the rapid onset of weakness and, often, paralysis of the legs, arms, breathing muscles, and face. Learn more, including diagnostic criteria and treatment recommendations.



Healing Paws: Animal-Assisted Therapy in Acute Care
Nursing2010 Critical Care, July 2010

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is an alternative form of therapy that uses human-animal interaction to achieve specific goals in a patient's treatment plan. Discover the benefits, explore potential risks, and learn about developing an AAT plan.



Deciphering Clues in the CBC Count
Nursing2010, July 2010

Brush up on the ABCs of CBCs! Review the following components: red blood cell (RBC) count, hematocrit, hemoglobin, RBC indexes, white blood cell (WBC) count, differential WBC count, and platelet count.



Complex, Chronic, and End-of-Life Care: The Interface Between Critical Care and Palliative Care
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, July/September 2010

Palliative care is a medical subspecialty devoted to palliating symptoms and spending time communicating with patients from the onset of chronic illness through the end of life. Time is one of the gifts a palliative care team gives a patient and family. Ironically, adding time to care may help to decrease critical care costs and mortality.



Nursing Ethics: Is this Ethical? You Decide
Nursing2010 Critical Care, July 2010

Nurses often experience distress related to ethical decisions made for patients. Part of the dilemma relates to being excluded from end- of-life decisions. Another part of the dilemma is the lack of communication of why such decisions are made.




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