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    Complications in the Postoperative Care Unit

    h4. Introduction h4. Historical Development The complications associated with the administration of anesthetic agents were recognized almost immediately after the introduction of inhalation anesthesia in the mid 19th century. John Snow, the first recognized physician anesthesthetists in the Western World, and the author of what is probably the first major textbook on anesthesia, devoted one third of his text to the ...
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    Cell Organelles

    Cell Organelles
    The human body contains many different organs, such as the heart, lung, and kidney, with each organ performing a different function. Cells also have a set of "little organs", called organelles, that are adapted and/or specialized for carrying out one or more vital functions. Organelles are found only in eukaryotes and are always surrounded by a protective membrane. It is important ...
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    Physical Assessment- Chapter 6 Genitourinary System

    h4. Chapter 6: Genitourinary System Problems with the urinary or reproductive systems can not only affect these systems but they can trigger problems in other body systems. In addition, difficulties with these systems can affect the patient's quality of life and sense of well-being. The main function of the urinary system is to regulate fluid and electrolyte balance. The purpose of ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 10 Psychosocial Assessment

    Psychosocial assessments are often overlooked as a portion of the physical examination. However, a person's psychological well-being has much to do with physical health. The following guide to psychosocial assessment can be remembered by the acronym "SELF PACING". The findings from this assessment in addition to the physical findings will provide a comprehensive view of the patient's status. S - Self-Esteem: ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 7 Endocrine System

    h4. Chapter 7: Endocrine System The endocrine system is composed of glands that both produce and secrete hormones. The pituitary gland secretes ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). These hormones stimulate the adrenal cortex and thyroid gland to do their jobs. The adrenal gland produces epinephrine, norepinephrine, and mineralcorticoids, glucocorticoids, and androgens. These hormones prepare people for emergency situations ...
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    Overview of Nursing Practice Models

    For purposes of this paper, the term “nursing practice model” refers to operational models for redesigning nursing practice for the provision of patient care in organizational settings, primarily hospitals and longterm care facilities. Though the models may be implemented organization-wide, they typically redesign nursing practice at the point of patient care delivery, that is, at the nursing unit level. Thus the ...
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    Functional Assessment - The Key to Geriatric Care in the 21st Century

    h4. Introduction The next 30 years will result in a unique change in population demographics in this country. This change is already beginning. The baby boomers are getting old. The over 65 population will increase from being the 13% of the population it is today to 20% by the year 2030. More people than ever will reach the 100-year mark. All ...
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    What is Dystonia?

    What is Dystonia?
    Dystonia is a neurological disorder characterized by over-activity of a specific group of muscles and/or muscle. It is the over-activity of these specific muscles that causes involuntary movements and tremors, sustained muscle contractions, and abnormal postures. How is Dystonia Misdiagnosed? Dystonia is misdiagnosed 90% of the time by clinicians. The involuntary movements and spasms caused by dystonia sometimes are attributed to ...
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    Hyperglycemia and HIV/AIDS

    Hyperglycemia and HIV/AIDS
    h4. What is glucose? Glucose, commonly called blood sugar, is the body's main energy source. Your body breaks down the food you eat and converts it to glucose. Your cells take glucose from your blood and use it to make energy. h4. What is hyperglycemia? Hyperglycemia occurs when you have a higher than usual level of glucose in your blood. This ...
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    Hodgkins Disease & Non Hodgkins Lymphoma

    h4. Background h4. Overview The malignant lymphomas, Hodgkin's disease (HD) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), comprise a group of clinically and pathologically diverse malignant lymphomas of largely unknown cause. Their successful management involves a multidisciplinary approach, proceeding from an accurate diagnosis to a comprehensive staging evaluation and appropriate therapeutic recommendation and regimen. h4. Etiology / Pathogenesis In 1832, Thomas Hodgkin presented a ...
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    Vital Signs: Overview and Effect of Aging Changes

    Vital Signs: Overview and Effect of Aging Changes
    Vital signs show an individual is alive. They include heart beat, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure. These signs may be watched, measured, and monitored to check an individual's level of physical functioning. Normal vital signs change with age, sex, weight, exercise tolerance, and condition. Normal ranges for the average healthy adult vital signs are: Temperature: 97.8 - 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit ...
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    Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

    Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter
    In today's litigious society, it can be easy for the nursing staff to become involved directly or indirectly in legal matters. However, just as the amount of cases has increased, there are some common themes among legal battles involving nursing practitioners that have stood out. By understanding some of the issues at work, nurses can avoid many of the trouble or ...
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    CNA to LVN - Carving Out a Career Path

    CNA to LVN - Carving Out a Career Path
    Do entry-level positions matter to you? Do you want to be on top? Do you think you have the right qualities to move up to the next level in your career? Are you aiming for a higher salary? Are you hungry for more knowledge, new challenges, and new experiences? Or are you the type of person who is willing to ...
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    Ethics in Clinical Practice

    h4. Introduction Physicians are at the center of the health care process. In this central role, they use their knowledge, skills, and defined processes to provide or coordinate health care for patients. The success of the patient-physician relationship is determined by the way this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured, and maintained. Changes in the health care process bring changes in stakeholders, ...
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    Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Herniation

    h4. Introduction Low back pain is a universal phenomenon. The economic cost in the United States, in terms of lost time and medical expense, amounts to 1.9 billion dollars annually. Over 200,000 patients have surgery for ruptured lumbar discs yearly in the United States. While laminectomy for disc removal is the standard, it is not without its' well-known morbidity. Because of ...
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    Good Bedside Manners Make a Difference

    Good Bedside Manners Make a Difference
    With health care employers increasingly measuring patient satisfaction levels and rewarding their employees for providing high-quality customer service, health professionals are realizing a good bedside manner is more important than ever. Good bedside manners not only improve interactions with patients, but also advance health professionals' careers. Evidence suggests those who have strong relationships with their patients are less likely to get ...
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    Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome

    Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome
    Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome, or Erythema multiforme, is a skin disorder resulting from an allergic reaction. h4. Causes, Incidence, and Risk Factors Erythema multiforme is a type of hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction that occurs in response to medications, infections, or illness. Medications associated with erythema multiforme include sulfonamides, penicillins, barbiturates, and phenytoin. Associated infections include herpes simplex and mycoplasma infections. The exact cause is ...
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    Advancing Your LPN License

    Advancing Your LPN License
    Having a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse is a great start to immerse you in the nursing field relatively quickly, however, it can be limiting in the types of positions that are available to you. You may have found yourself with this license because you have never been able to take time enough away from your family or your job ...
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    Hypothermia

    h4. Introduction Hypothermia is defined as a core temperature of less than 35 degrees C. Below this temperature the body systems for thermoregulation begin to fail. The body's ability to minimize heat loss through radiation, convection, respiration, conduction, and evaporation are very limited. The very young and the very old are the most susceptible to hypothermia as a result of their ...
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    What Can LPN Practitioners Expect As a Salary?

    What Can LPN Practitioners Expect As a Salary?
    The salaries of LPN professional vary from one state to the other. The significant increase in the demand for health care professionals has resulted in a lot of competition in the market and there is a greater variance in the salaries of the LPN professional, mostly depending on the experience and educational background. A LPN (licensed practical nurse) or LVN ...
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