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  1. In the past 15 years, the use of EBUS (Endobronchial ultrasound) and Navigation has enabled doctors to do biopsies and needle aspirations of hard-to-reach tumors and lymph nodes in the lungs. In the last couple of years, robotic bronchoscopy has comb...
  2. Gina Vaughan BSN RN

    Sarcoidosis: A Complex Disease Simplified

    What is Sarcoidosis? Sarcoidosis is a disease that can affect any organ in the body. It is characterized by abnormal inflammatory cells that form clumps, most commonly in the lungs, lymph nodes, and skin, but can affect the eyes, musculoskeletal ...
  3. X-rays, CTs, MRIs, and ultrasounds are all used to capture images of the internal structure of the body. As a nurse, it is common for patients to ask why they are receiving one type of imaging test over another. In order to educate patients, it is im...
  4. Football players understand that injuries are an occupational hazard. But what healthy 24 yr old, much less healthy 24 yr old professional athlete envisions a routine tackle turning into a life-threatening cardiac event? Certainly, neither Damar Ham...
  5. Gina Vaughan BSN RN

    Antibiotics in Children | Knowledge is Power

    Antibiotics are the number one prescribed class of medication for children in the U.S., and they have transformed healthcare since their inception. They have saved countless lives, but their use has led to a threat to public health. There are global ...
  6. In 1956, Mayo Clinic physicians Frederick Moersch and Henry Woltman observed 14 patients with varying levels of muscular rigidity in their torsos, abdomens, and thighs. It must have been a baffling presentation. Dr. Moersch and Dr. Woltman were ...
  7. Hemodialysis treatments clean the blood and remove extra fluid from the body when the kidneys are not functioning well. As an ICU nurse, you will likely care for patients who are new to hemodialysis or have been receiving it already prior to this hos...
  8. NurseDeltaInk

    Improving Your End-of-Life Literacy

    Remember when you first started nursing school and didn't know what med/surg or gtts meant? I sure do, but soon nursing language became second nature. Now I can't even jot a quick sticky note to my partner without automatically writing, "see you p th...
  9. Trauma is a major public health concern with significant impact to patients and providers. Failure to understand and address the impact of traumatic events has detrimental effects on health and well-being. In the United States, nearly 90% of adults h...
  10. Brenda F. Johnson

    Changes in the World of Diverticulitis

    Diverticulosis: Brief Overview Diverticulosis is the outpouching of the inner mucosa in the GI tract. Most are found in the large colon, specifically the sigmoid area. For more detailed information on diverticulosis, see the following article: Ta...
  11. Pathophysiology Diverticulosis is basically outpouches in the colon or weaker areas in the colon wall. In itself, it doesn’t cause any problems. These diverticula can be in other parts of the GI tract, and we will touch on those. Diverticulosis d...
  12. One of the most frightening things a person may argue that could happen would be that they would slowly start to lose their ability to perform basic tasks like feeding themselves, bathing themselves, or even losing what memory of themselves they once...
  13. This article does not apply to central lines, nor does it go into the theory of ultrasound technology. For in-depth knowledge of ultrasound technology refer to ultrasound textbooks. Do not be afraid of an ultrasound machine. Yes, it has many kno...
  14. Have you ever held a position as a nurse or nurse practitioner where you see the same type of patient day in and day out? Do you work with oncology patients? Hospice patients? Emergency room patients? Have you found yourself on any given day comple...
  15. Summary The percentage of adults over age 65 in the United States is now more than 16% of the population. Because this age group tends to have more comorbid and chronic conditions, they are twice as likely to be hospitalized as compared to people...
  16. Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD) is commonly affiliated with severe allergens such as poison ivy. More commonly, ACD is triggered by household and workplace allergens. If you're noticing a rash popping up around the days when you change into hospita...
  17. When thirsty, most of us inevitably go to the tap or refrigerator for a drink of water or some other refreshing beverage. In most cases, we all take this simple task for granted. Our receptors will signal when thirsty, so we drink. Hydration can be...
  18. Her alarm goes off, and it’s another morning of struggling to get out of bed. After peeling herself out of bed, she shuffles to the bathroom and notices her feet seem even more swollen today than usual. She thinks, “I need to cut back and eat healt...
  19. Osteopenia | Knowledge is Power

    Running, jumping, or even walking, would not be possible without the proper structure of our skeletal system. When bone structure is decreased, it makes daily activities difficult, or worse, potentially debilitating. For millions of people over the a...
  20. The month of May is known for Spring flowers and the start of Summer vacation, but did you know that it is also Melanoma Awareness Month? While it is not a common type of skin cancer, melanoma is the leading cause of skin-cancer-related deaths. The...
  21. BuckeyeICUNurse

    Impella Heart Pump | Knowledge is Power

    As a Cath Lab Nurse, I get to see a side of support devices up close and personal. One of my favorite assist devices is the Impella Heart Pump. This small pump made by ABioMed focuses on native heart recovery for patients. The pump allows the heart t...
  22. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition that affects almost half of the adult population in the United States. According to the CDC, only 1 out of every 4 adults with hypertension has adequate blood pressure control. As nurses, we know...
  23. Our brain is the part of our body that calls the shots. Your brain moves your body through electrical signals. These signals travel through neurons. It is estimated that there are about 86 billion neurons in the human brain. There are also neurons th...
  24. Brief Review of Drug-eluting Stents

    What is a Stent? What do you think of when you hear the word, stent? Do you picture the small metal mesh that is put into some patients with heart problems? You wouldn’t be wrong. These bare-metal stents are what textbooks depict. I was shocked t...
  25. Nurses are taught that critical care patients (gunshots to the chest or abdomen, car wrecks, etc.) need two large-bore IV catheters. This is a fact, but not all patients coming to the emergency department are critical care patients. What about someon...