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April 6, 2010

Dear Colleague,

My family and I have had several discussions about organ donation. Is this typical? I don’t think so. Our conversations have probably stemmed from the fact that my husband and I have both worked with organ donors (in the critical care units) and organ recipients (caring for lung transplant patients both immediately post-transplant and during pulmonary rehabilitation). When do “laypeople” usually have these conversations? My guess is at the Department of Motor Vehicles during license renewals and in emergency departments and critical care units when stress and the need for decision-making are beyond overwhelming.

April is National Donate Life Month. Explore the articles in More Resources to brush up on organ donation and your role as a nurse. Also, is it time for you to discuss your intentions with your own family? Now is the time to do it!

Speaking Up for Organ Donors
MYTHS & FACTS: …About organ donation
The Experience of Perioperative Nurses Involved in Organ Procurement
US Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative Increases Organ Donation  
LEADERSHIP DIMENSION: Restarting the Clock…Again: Ethical Considerations in Retransplantation

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Fine tune your understanding of sepsis by reading Sepsis Alert: Avoiding the Shock. Review terms, diagnostic criteria, interventions, and more.
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What’s the difference between ischemic and nephrotoxic ATN? What are the three phases of ATN? Discover these answers and more by reading Pathophysiology Review: Acute Tubular Necrosis.

Caring for patients along the perioperative continuum requires assessment for potential hypothermia and appropriate preventive measures. Find out how in Warm Hands, Warm Heart: Perioperative Prevention of Unintended Hypothermia.
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Both hyponatremia and hypernatremia are serious complications that can be life-threatening. Review the significance of sodium in fluid and electrolyte balance and how to recognize and treat both of these conditions by reading Patho Puzzler: Too Much Salt or Too Little?
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  • Carbaglu (carglumic acid) tablets to treat N-acetylglutamate synthase (NAGS) deficiency, a condition that results in hyperammonemia. Carbaglu reduces blood ammonia levels within 24 hours and normalizes ammonia levels within 3 days. It should only be administered by a health care provider experienced in treating metabolic disorders.

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