Is It Ethical to Do Dialysis But Not Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation?
JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation, April/June 2011
The two clinical scenarios presented in this article raise thoughtful questions related not only to the clinical goals of dialysis, but also legal and ethical concerns.
Critical care drugs: Dofetilide
Nursing2011 Critical Care, March 2011
Learn about dofetilide, a relatively new Class III antiarrhythmic indicated to convert to sinus rhythm patients who've been in atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter for at least a week, or to maintain sinus rhythm in patients who've recently converted from either of these two atrial dysrhythmias.
Update your knowledge of the latest PALS guidelines
Nursing2011, June 2011
Brush up on the steps to follow when you encounter a pediatric patient in possible respiratory arrest. Also review defibrillation basics, postarrest care, and algorithm changes.
At the Heart of the Fever: Kawasaki Disease
American Journal of Nursing, June 2011
Kawasaki disease is the most common cause of acquired pediatric heart disease in the United States. Cardiac sequelae can include coronary artery aneurysms, myocarditis, impaired left ventricular function, valvular regurgitation, arrhythmia, and pericardial effusion.
Telehealth Monitoring: A Smart Investment for Home Care Patients with Heart Failure?
Home Healthcare Nurse, June 2011
The purpose of this study was to: (1) determine the impact of telehealth monitoring devices on home care outcomes for heart failure patients; (2) describe use, referral, and treatment patterns; and (3) identify differences between satisfaction and utilization of services for patients on telehealth compared with those not receiving the service.