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  FROM OUR JOURNALS

Integrating Palliative Care in the ICU: The Nurse in a Leading Role
Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, March/April 2011

Integration of palliative care in the ICU is important to meet the following patient needs: relief of distressing symptoms; effective communication about goals of care; alignment of therapies with patient values, goals, and preferences; and planning for transitions to other settings.



Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Infections
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, April/June 2011

Review treatment options for resistant gram-negative infections, including carbapenems, tigecycline, polymyxin B, and polymxyin E.



Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Case Study
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, April/June 2011

Take some time to read this complex case of a patient with ARDS and the use of controversial medical therapy.



Update Your Knowledge of the Latest PALS Guidelines
Nursing2011, June 2011

Remember that the sequence of Basic Life Support has changed from ABC (airway, breathing, compressions) to CAB (compressions, airway, breathing). Brush up on the steps for Pediatric Advanced Life Support by reading this article.



The Easy Way to Liver Assay
Nursing2011 Critical Care, May 2011

Increase your understanding of the liver, its functions, and associated laboratory values. Also, access 2 handy charts that you’ll want to keep in your pocket!




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