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New Research Suggests Using Peripheral Line Instead of Central Catheter for Hypertonic Saline Infusions

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A study in the American Journal of Critical Care suggests that safe administration of continuous intravenous infusion of hypertonic saline via a peripheral catheter may help avoid unnecessary placement of central catheters, which could lead to fewer...
21-Dec-2016 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Nurses at Arizona Banner Health Hospitals Positively Impact Clinical Outcomes Through Direct-Care Initiatives

Empowering nurses to initiate change and improve everyday processes contributes to better patient outcomes and other measurable improvements, according to initiatives developed and implemented by critical care nurses at nine Banner Health hospitals...
14-Dec-2016 12:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

AACN Journal Article Outlines How to Integrate New Nurse Practitioners into Critical Care

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An article in Critical Care Nurse describes key strategic planning for new roles, training programs and other strategies that have resulted in successful nurse practitioners in all 10 ICUs at the University of Maryland Medical Center. UMMC’s...
28-Nov-2016 8:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Acetaminophen, Supplements and Other Medications May Trigger Drug-Induced Liver Injury

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More than 1,000 medications, with acetaminophen being the most common, have been associated with drug-induced liver injury (DILI). An article in AACN Advanced Critical Care discusses the clinical impact of DILI and reviews the medications that most...
22-Nov-2016 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

New Clinical Resources from American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Address Delirium, CAUTI and VTE

New clinical resources from AACN address some of the most serious complications facing critically ill patients -- delirium, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and venous thromboembolism (VTE). These updated AACN Practice Alerts...
15-Nov-2016 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

New Certifications Confirm Growing Influence of Knowledge Professionals on Nursing Practice, Patient Care

A growing number of acute and critical care nurses are shifting to roles where they influence patient outcomes by sharing their unique clinical knowledge and expertise rather than providing care directly. Recognizing this evolution in nursing...
3-Nov-2016 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Managing Depression, Fatigue in Patients with Heart Failure May Reduce Hospital Stays, Mortality

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A study in the American Journal of Critical Care found that patients with both fatigue and depression were hospitalized more than those without either condition. They also had more visits to the emergency department and longer lengths of stay.
25-Oct-2016 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AACN Practice Alert Outlines Importance of Blood Pressure Measurements and Reviews Best Practices for Accurate Results

An updated practice alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses outlines the latest evidence-based practice for obtaining accurate blood pressure measurements and discusses cuff size and placement considerations, patient positioning...
18-Oct-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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