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  THIS JUST IN December 2011  



Taming Three High-Risk Chemotherapy Complications
Nursing2011, November 2011

Chemotherapeutic agents can produce a wide range of adverse reactions and toxicities. This article reviews three common chemotherapy-associated complications that can be serious enough to require hospitalization: febrile neutropenia, chemotherapy-related nephrotoxicity, and chemotherapy-related enterotoxicity.

Tech Talk: Going Digital to Improve Change-Of-Shift Communication
Nursing2011 Critical Care, November 2011

A computerized charge report tool has been a success in this hospital ICU setting, saving time and increasing data availability and accuracy. Read more about this quality improvement project which took place in a 22-bed mixed surgical/trauma ICU in a Level I trauma center at a large urban university hospital.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Case Studies and Review
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, November/December 2011

Using a case study approach, this article covers pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, and complications of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Providing a "Good Death" for Oncology Patients during the Final Hours of Life in the Intensive Care Unit
AACN Advanced Critical Care, October/December 2011

Critical care nurses often care for patients with cancer during the final hours of life in the ICU without the support of palliative care experts. This article provides an overview of the meaning of the final hours of life for cancer patients and uses principles of a "good death" and the tenets of hospice care to organize recommendations for critical care nurses for providing high quality end-of-life care to patients with cancer in the ICU.

Water World PART 1: Understanding the Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion
Nursing2011 Critical Care, November 2011

This article describes the underlying pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and management of SIADH. Also included is a great review of endocrine function.

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