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April 16, 2009

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In Brief
As part of the Health Reform Dialogue group, the American Nurses Association is collaborating with leaders from widely diverse national organizations to work toward achieving meaningful health care reform. More

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that ICU patients treated with intensive glucose control have a 2.6 percent greater risk of dying than those who received conventional glucose control. FREE FULL TEXT ARTICLE. More

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  Patients receiving oral, parenteral, or enteral feedings after periods of starvation or severe malnutrition are at risk for refeeding syndrome. When reintroduced to carbohydrates as the primary source of energy, the risk of developing hypophosphatemia, hypokalemia, and hypomagnesemia increases. Learn more about this rare, but life-threatening complication in Recognizing and Preventing Refeeding Syndrome. More
  Brush up on the variety of devices available to support a failing heart, the indications for each, and critical components of care. Be sure to read Update on Ventricular Assist Device Technology. More
  In high-grade and third-degree AV block, the ventricular rate is usually quite slow and can cause symptoms such as hypotension, dizziness, nausea, syncope, or near-syncope. Learn more by reading ECG CHALLENGES: Understanding Atrioventricular Blocks, Part II: High-Grade and Third-Degree Atrioventricular Blocks. More
  Standard treatment modalities for pulmonary edema, such as diuretics, nitroglycerin, morphine, and oxygen, may not always be sufficient. Learn about recent evidence-based research concerning the Management of Acute Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema: A Literature Review. More 
  Transitioning to the role of CNS after practicing as a staff nurse involves becoming a beginner again. Discover some Strategies for Success: Orienting to the Role of a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care. More  

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