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  THIS JUST IN August 2012  



Treating Acute Pain in the Hospitalized Patient
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, August 2012

Many hospitalized patients report moderate-to-severe pain despite the use of epidural or patient-controlled analgesia. Read this article and explore the use of multimodal options for analgesia in hospitalized patients.

Reactions to Patient Death: The Lived Experience of Critical Care Nurses
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, August 2012

A qualitative study using phenomenological descriptive design was conducted to explore critical care nurses' experiences with patient death. Several themes emerged as a result of this study: coping, personal distress, emotional disconnect, and inevitable death.

Controversies in Acute Stroke Treatment
AACN Advanced Critical Care, June 2012

This article explores controversies associated with both approved and evolving treatments for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and makes recommendations for practice on the basis of the body of existing evidence, with an aim to improve the delivery of acute stroke treatment.

New Strategies for Massive Transfusion in the Bleeding Trauma Patient
Journal of Trauma Nursing, June 2012 

To address coagulopathy sooner, changes in the way we identify and resuscitate the exsanguinating trauma patient have evolved. These changes include early identification of at-risk patients and early, aggressive transfusion of plasma and platelets. This article reviews the key massive transfusion triggers and resuscitation strategy of damage control resuscitation.

Acute Care Advisor: Preventing Ventilator-Related Injury in the ICU
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, August 2012

Make sure you understand the complications associated with mechanical ventilation and employ strategies to prevent ventilator-associated lung injury (VALI)

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