Up-To-Date Asthma Care
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, November/December 2011
Examine the causes and triggers of asthma, the purposes of an asthma action plan, and the need for asthma education for patients and their families to help them be as independent and productive as possible.
Improving Severe Sepsis Outcomes Cost and Time to First Antibiotic Dose
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, September/October 2011
This study found that an empiric antimicrobial guide specific for severe sepsis was associated with a reduced length of stay, a significantly earlier time to first dose antibiotic, and significantly lower total and variable hospital costs.
Critical Care Open Visiting Hours
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, October/December 2011
The 10 empirical studies reviewed in this article show that although most critical care nurses find that open visiting hours may impede patient care, the benefits to patients and family outweigh any negative impact to the patient.
Moral Distress, Compassion Fatigue, and Perceptions About Medication Errors in Certified Critical Care Nurses
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, November/December 2011
Statistically significant correlations between moral distress, compassion fatigue, and perceptions about medication errors were revealed in a national sample of 205 certified critical care nurses.
Topics in Progressive Care: Critical care drugs: Ecallantide
Nursing2011 Critical Care, November 2011
Indicated for patients age 16 and older, ecallantide (Kalbitor, Dyax) is the second drug approved to treat acute attacks of hereditary angioedema. Administered subcutaneously, ecallantide is a selective, reversible inhibitor of plasma kallikrein.