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Saturday, June 27, 2020

HAPPY JULY 4TH TO ALL - AVOID DEHYDRATION

Dear nurses,
Just want to wish you a Happy and safe July 4th.
Above is a scenario on dehydration:
              Nick and Tina decided to go backpacking in a
                   dessert place. It is unclear why they did not make
           adequate preparation and take enough fluids.
It is midday and they are lost.

             They are beginning to feel thirsty, tired and
light headed.These are some of the symptoms of
dehydration. Sweating which also causes fluid loss,
        may go unnoticed. Electrolyte imbalances may be
caused by sweating and fluid loss.
Learn more by watching the video:
Sessions 57- Hydration vs. Dehydration




Sunday, May 24, 2020

DEFINING TRAUMA CARE




How do you treat trauma?
When someone is involved in a traumatic event, whether car accident, burns, fall, impaled object, or cardiac event and more, the standard of care will depend on the severity of the injury or injuries.

Sometimes trauma may occur in a rural area or one where a higher skill level is not readily available. For this reason, services such as a helicopter service may be necessary to transfer the patient to a higher level of care.

How are the four levels of trauma categorized?
Level I: Offers 24-hour services of highly skilled staff, resident doctor on call, and can absorb trauma patients around the clock. They also include research and education programs.

Level II: Trauma center usually works in conjunction with a Level I trauma center and has 24-hour services. However, this level is not required to have a resident on call or a research program.

Level III: Does not have 24-hour service but has an intensive care and a surgical suite. Patients requiring a higher level of care would have to be transported to Level I or Level II.

Level IV: Works to stabilize injured patients who are far away and there are no other services.


Scenario: Trauma patient was air lifted to Level I trauma center. Special trained staff assisted in the effort.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN NURSING


Nurses, how good are your communication skills?
Have you helped your coworker today?
Have a good week

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION



Dear nurses,

Hope you are doing fine. We love to keep you updated with  topics of interest. Information on Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy has just been added for your learning pleasure.

Scenario: Tina prepares for treatment of her glioblastoma.

What is glioblastoma and how is it treated?
Gliobalstoma multiforme is a tumor. It can be treated through chemotherapy drugs like Temozolmide (Temodar).

What are some side effects of treatment?
Side effects include: seizures, nausea, vomiting, flu symptoms, and weight/hair loss.

Learn more by clicking on the link:

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

ANESTHETICS AN OVERVIEW


When are anesthetics used?
Generally anesthetics are usually given prior to surgery.

What kinds of drugs are used as anesthetics?
IV drugs such as Opiates(Fentanyl), Benzodiazepines (Midazolam), Barbiturates (Thiopental), Hypnotics (Propofol), are some examples of the medications used to put patients to sleep.

Notes for Nurses:
It is important to remember that the aftermath of receiving anesthetics agents will vary from one patient to the next. Even under the best circumstances, some patients may be more sensitive than others.

Some patients may report feelings of fear and hallucinations after certain medications are given.
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Monday, March 16, 2020

RERLACEMENT FOR DEARNURSESSERIES








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Thursday, March 12, 2020

CAN WE WORK TO PREVENT SPREADINDING INFECTION?

Scenario: It's diaper changing time. Yes, this is a restaurant. Then why is the baby's diaper being changed on the table?

Sometimes people do not consider the consequences of their actions. Without a doubt, a restaurant table is not the appropriate place to change a baby's diaper. Restrooms are well equipped for baby changing.
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PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF INFECTION


How can you prevent the spread of infection?
In any Institution preventing the spread of infection should be a major concern.
Above is an example of how the surgical team take steps to prevent infection.

Prior to surgery, extreme measures are taken to prevent infection. The surgical team spend a significant length of time scrubbing up. In addition, sterile gowns and gloves are worn. Masks are used over the nose and mouth. The operating room has been cleaned and sterilized. The patient has also been prepped as ordered by the doctor.

Helpful Hints:
- Practice good hygiene to avoid infection
- Do not forget to wash your hands
- Institutions have a policy in place for changing of IV sites, IV fluids and IV tubing
- Follow your institution's policy
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