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  THIS JUST IN May 2012  



Left Ventricular Assist Device–Destination Therapy for Symptom Management in Heart Failure: Ethical Considerations and Recommendations for Future Practice
Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, June2012

The left ventricular assist device is increasingly being utilized as a destination therapy for those patients who are not candidates for heart transplantation. It is this utilization as a destination therapy that raises additional significant ethical concern related to the risks and benefits of the devices, factors influencing quality of life, and consequences pertaining to end-of-life care.

Cardiac Clinical Skill Assessments for Registered Nurses
Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, March/April 2012

This article outlines a framework of clinical skill assessments that identify the knowledge and skills required for safe and competent care of cardiac patients.

Patient Preferences for the Delivery of Disease Management in Chronic Heart Failure: A Qualitative Study
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, May/June 2012

Little is known about consumer preferences when applying chronic heart failure management programs (CHF-MPs) via a patient's home or specialist hospital clinic. The aim of this pilot study was to explore CHF-MP characteristics that are considered desirable by patients with CHF.

The Coronary Care Unit Turns 50
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, May 2012

In 1962, the first ICU in the United States devoted to patients with myocardial infarction was established. In this article, read more about how the first coronary care units came about and learn about two controversies associated with them.

Heart Beats: Self-quiz: A not-quite-normal rhythm
Nursing2012 Critical Care, May 2012

This article will review the five basic steps of rhythm analysis before revealing the dysrhythmia and its potential causes. Read on and brush up on your dysrhythmia recognition skills.

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