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July 22, 2009

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Try your hand at the following questions related to organ transplantation. Good luck!

Learn these answers and more by exploring the articles in More Resources. Also, don't miss our next enewsletter for National Immunization Awareness Month, plus the latest articles and CEs.

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Imagine complete paralysis of the voluntary muscles except those controlling certain eye movements – all while remaining conscious. Be sure to read Unlocking the Secrets of Locked-In Syndrome.
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Lymphedema is persistent swelling of the arm, shoulder, neck, breast, or thoracic region. Review the impact of this complication, as well as diagnosis and measurement by reading Post-Breast Cancer Lymphedema: Part 1.
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In 2008, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation issued the ultimate endorsement by stating that "Mild hypothermia is the only therapy applied in the postcardiac arrest setting that has been shown to increase survival rates." Read more in Cooler Heart, Better Odds: Induced Hypothermia.
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Nursing Management

Review our Recommended CE list on recognizing the signposts for sepsis, managing heart failure...


Take a close look at your role in postoperative hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation, controlling postoperative bleeding, and maintaining tight glycemic control. Don't miss Critical Care of a Patient after CABG Surgery.
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How important are professional development opportunities to nurses? Are nurses satisfied with the opportunities available? Find out by exploring Professional Development: Endless Options?
Nursing Management

Assess and manage cancer pain by following practice guidelines from the World Health Organization's pain relief ladder. Be sure to read MANAGING THE PAIN: Is your Patient's Cancer Pain under Control?

Browse our Recommended Readings about Influenza A (H1N1), can falls be prevented?, five tips for climbing out of a rut ...


Hospital Acquired Conditions & the new CMS Mandate

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Read the articles in the latest Featured Journal online only on NursingCenter. The Featured Journal gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with the kind of coverage and clinical information it has to offer. Get to know our journals. The current Featured Journal is...


When is ST-segment monitoring indicated?

  • Patients in the early period of acute coronary syndromes and patients in whom MI is being ruled out
  • Patients who come to the ED with chest pain or anginal equivalent symptoms
  • Patients who've had nonurgent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and who are experiencing procedural complications such as vessel dissection or thrombosis
  • Patients with possible variant angina due to coronary vasospasm

Read more, including other instances when ST-segment monitoring may be beneficial in HEART BEATS: When and Why To Use Continuous ST-Segment Monitoring.


The FDA is taking action to reduce the risk of overdose in patients taking propoxyphene-containing pain medications, such as Darvon and Darvocet, because of data indicating a correlation between propoxyphene use and fatal overdoses.

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