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Evidence-based guideline update: Determining brain death in adults.

Healthcare professionals warned not to use certain I.V. metronidazole, ondansetron, and ciprofloxacin due to potential contamination.

Utah hospitals use 11-step treatment protocol to decrease mortality from sepsis.


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Summer emergencies: Can you take the heat?
Nursing2010, June 2010

Review the most common summertime hazards: heat-related illnesses, drowning, lightning injuries, bee and wasp stings, and venomous snakebites. Brush up on strategies to minimize risk, emergency interventions, and more.



Drug Update: Medications You Should Know in the Event of Emergencies and Disasters
AACN Advanced Critical Care, April/June 2010

Would you know how to intervene in the event of a biological or chemical disaster? Update your knowledge of decontamination and treatment recommendations.



Clinical Dimension: Renal Tubular Acidosis
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, May/June 2010

In renal tubular acidosis, the kidneys are unable to adequately excrete hydrogen ions, retain adequate bicarbonate, or both. Learn the clinical manifestations, diagnostic methods, and treatment options for this uncommon clinical syndrome.



Standardizing Intoxication Assessments in the Emergency Department
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, April/June 2010

A frequently encountered problem in the ED is evaluating a mild to moderately intoxicated patient and his or her capacity to give consent. The use of a clinical vignette in this article illustrates the associated legal and ethical issues.



Interpreting and Using the Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
Nursing2010 Critical Care, May 2010

An ABG tells information about a patient's oxygenation, acid-base balance, pulmonary function, and metabolic status. Learn indications for ABG and how to interpret this indispensable diagnostic tool.




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