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October 6, 2009

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Brush up on your knowledge of acute respiratory distress syndrome -- pathophysiology, assessment findings, treatments, and nursing care. Be sure to read Taking Aim at ARDS.
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Mortality for acute liver failure is as high as 80%. Review the causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic methods, and more, and learn how to Take Action Against Acute Liver Failure.
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Read about Mr. F., an 85-year-old retired police officer who was assessed to be at significant risk for suicide after his wife's death. Take some time to explore Depression and Suicide Risks in Older Adults: A Case Study.
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Review our Recommended CE list on sarcoidosis, dysrhythmias that every nurse should recognize, acute wound pain...


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now requires that any pressure ulcer be identified and documented within 2 days of admission in order for the facility to be reimbursed for the cost of treatment. Learn how to document pressure ulcer risk assessment and findings by reading Pressure Ulcers: The Stakes Just Got Higher.

Take a look at common reasons for nonadherence and learn ways to recognize it and help improve adherence. Don't miss MED CHECK: Promoting Medication Adherence.
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What are the signs and symptoms of increased ICP and how should it be treated? Find out by reading Keeping the Balance: Understanding Intracranial Pressure.
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Browse our Recommended Readings about caring for a patient with an insulin pump, ensuring quieter hospital environments, abdominal assessment, and more.

Preventive Medicine and Screening Services Medicare Coverage with Implications for Physician and other Healthcare Providers audio conference: October 28th

Many of your patients don't get the care they need because they're concerned about out-of-pocket expenses, even when the services are covered under the Medicare Preventive Services program. In other instances, physician practices needlessly write off these charges. Why? MedLearn’s audio conference, Wednesday, October 28th, answers this and many more questions about Preventive Medicine coverage. Click here for details.


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...


Acute hemolytic transfusion reactions (AHTRs) can cause serious, potentially fatal consequences. Be alert to the following signs and symptoms which usually appear 5 to 15 minutes after the transfusion begins, but can develop at any time during a transfusion:

  • temperature increase of more than 2°F (1°C)
  • bloody urine
  • chills
  • hypotension
  • severe low back, flank, or chest pain
  • low or absent urine output
  • nausea and vomiting
  • dyspnea, wheezing
  • anxiety, sense of impending doom
  • diaphoresis
  • generalized bleeding, especially from punctures and surgical wounds.

Read more about transfusions, including how to intervene if you suspect an AHTR, in SAFE HAVEN: Keys to Safe Blood Transfusions.


  • The FDA has approved Valturna, a combination of aliskiren (a direct renin inhibitor) and valsartan (an angiotensin II receptor blocker) – to treat high blood pressure in patients not adequately controlled on aliskiren or angiotensin receptor blocker monotherapy and as initial therapy in patients likely to need multiple drugs to achieve their blood pressure goals.

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