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  THIS JUST IN October 2010  
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Four key messages revealed in the Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing.

History of prior deep vein thrombosis and large catheter size associated with increased risk of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)-associated DVT.

Use of dexamethasone shown to improve outcomes in adults with pneumococcal meningitis.

Octagam withdrawn from U.S. market due to potential increase in thromboembolic events.


  FROM OUR JOURNALS


Traumatic Hypovolemic Shock: Halt the Downward Spiral
Nursing2010, October 2010

Hypovolemia is the most common cause of shock. Do you know how to recognize it and intervene? Get a refresher on pathophysiology and review causes, treatments, and nursing care.



Developing Family Support Groups in the ICU
Nursing2010 Critical Care, September2010

Discover the pivotal role nurses play in developing, implementing, and promoting family support groups and enhancing family-centered care.



Using Ventilator Waveforms to Optimize Patient-Ventilator Interaction
Nursing2010 Critical Care, September2010

Patient-ventilator dyssynchrony is common and leads to increased work of breathing, oxygen consumption, and CO2 production. Learn to identify patient-ventilator dyssynchrony and to adjust ventilator settings for optimal patient-ventilator interaction.



DRUG UPDATE: New Intravenous Antibiotics: A Focused Pharmacotherapy Update
AACN Advanced Critical Care, July/September 2010

Read about the pharmacology and limitations of four parenteral antibiotics - telavancin, doripenem, tigecycline, and daptomycin - used to treat multidrug-resistant pathogens.



Care of Women and Marginalized Populations in the Critical Care Setting
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, July/September 2010

Hospital mortality due to cardiovascular disease has become more prevalent among women. Learn what “marginality” means, and how it serves as a perspective for viewing women's health.




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