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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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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

WHAT IS HEMIANOPIA ?

Scenario: Ann has a pituitary adenoma. She can only see half of anything in her visual field.

What is hemianopia?
Hemianopia is a loss of vision (blindess) in half of the visual field. This may occur in one or both eyes.

What causes hemianopia?
Trauma, tumors, and strokes may cause this condition.

BELOW IS A SAMPLE OF HEMIANOPIA

WHAT IS THE PULMONARY ARTERY CATHETER?





Scenario: Tom is a 45 year-old male who has a longstanding cardiac history. He is now in the ICU for complaints of shortness of breath on exertion, chest pain, and dizziness. A diagnosis of cardiomyopathy was made. The doctor discusses with Tom the need to do invasive heart monitoring.

How is invasive heart monitoring achieved?
Invasive heart monitoring can be accomplished through a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter, also known as the Swan-Ganz catheter.  The PA catheter is inserted by the doctor. The balloon near the tip is inflated as the catheter is advanced through the right heart chambers and into the pulmonary artery.

Scenario 2: Tom is placed in Trendelenburg position to make insertion of the PA catheter easy. Sterile gloves and equipment is used to accomplish this.

What can be determined from the tracings from inserting a  PA catheter?
The tracings shown in the image above are examples of what you would expect to see as the PA catheter is inserted. As the catheter is advanced through the heart chambers and even when in place,   the CVP (right atrium) pressure, right ventricle pressure, pulmonary artery pressure, and pulmonary artery wedge pressure (PCWP) can be read.

HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR NURSES IN THE CLINICAL SETTING

Dear nurses,

Here is some helpful information for the clinical nurse:
- Do not forget to document the medications you gave
- Check for a history of allergies prior to administering medications
- Never recap a used needle
- It is advisable not to use a needle disposal that is full
- If the trash can is full, notify Housekeeping!

CARDIOGENIC SHOCK AND ASSESSMENT

Scenario: Mrs. R is a 48 year-old female who has a history of a previous myocardial infarction. She was admitted 2 days ago with mild chest pain. She was resting comfortably when she suddenly started feeling short of breath. She is anxious and calls the nurse.

What actions did the nurse take?
-The nurse reassures Mrs. R. She does an assessment, vital signs, and oxygen saturation. She gives oxygen per protocol.

-The nurse notifies the doctor of what has occurred and her assessment findings. She also mentions the vital signs, low oxygen saturation, and steps that were taken to correct the saturation. The doctor gives further orders, including a transfer to CCU.


Why chest pain assessment?
It must be remembered that a patient with heart damage will also experience chest pain. Assessment of the pain should also be included. This may be sharp, with radiation to shoulder/jaw, or it may feel like chest pressure.

Helpful Hint:
Chest pain should always be assessed.
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Sunday, March 01, 2020

NURSES ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?

Dear nurses,

Hope your day is going well. I wanted to apologize for some of my
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Monday, January 13, 2020

WELCOME TO MORE LEARNING

Dear nurses, 
Hope you had a good holiday. I just wanted to introduce you to my
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL NURSES


Dear nurses,

I just want to wish you all a very Merry and safe Christmas.
Please enjoy my holiday video: From Holiday Cheer to Holiday Horrors

Friday, November 08, 2019

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL

Dear nurses,

I just want to wish you all a very Happy and safe
Thanksgiving.