Congestive Heart Failure: An 'F' Isn't An Option
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, March/April 2012
CHF is a complex disease process. This article will define CHF and provide an overview of its two types and their subclassifications, discuss signs and symptoms, and review current treatment options and modalities.
Prone Positioning for Patients with ARDS
Nursing2012 Critical Care, March 2012
In prone positioning, patients with ARDS are placed on their abdomens for a portion of the day. The thought is that expanding dependent lung areas opens collapsed alveoli, increasing ventilation capacity and improving oxygenation. Learn more about prone positioning and how it can benefit the patient with ARDS.
Prevention, Recognition, and Management of Delirium in the Intensive Care Unit
AACN Advanced Critical Care, January/March 2012
The development of ICU delirium can lead to dire consequences, such as an increased risk of 6-month mortality, extended ICU and hospital lengths of stay, and long-term cognitive impairment. This review focuses on the prevention and recognition of delirium and provides an overview of both nonpharmacological and pharmacological methods of managing ICU delirium.
Bowel Sounds and Monitoring Gastrointestinal Motility in Critically Ill Patients
Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, January/February 2012
The aims of this study were to determine whether bowel sounds auscultation is necessary in critically ill patients and to forecast the prospect of bowel sounds as a monitoring measurement in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Prevention of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Intensive Care Unit Patients
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, March/April 2012
Research has identified patients who are at risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder after an intensive care unit stay. This article reviews pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies, including the use of diaries or journals, that have been shown to prevent posttraumatic stress disorder in intensive care unit patients and their families.