Pain managementAssessing pain and using medications

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Pain managementAssessing pain and using medications Differentiating acute and chronic pain Acute pain may cause certain physiologic and behavioral changes that you won’t observe in a patient with chronic pain….

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Surgical patient careReviewing the techniques

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Surgical patient careReviewing the techniques Preoperative care Assessing the preoperative patient A thorough preoperative assessment is the foundation of good surgical care, providing a baseline for comparison throughout a patient’s…

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ECGsInterpreting them with ease and accuracy

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ECGsInterpreting them with ease and accuracy Components of an ECG waveform This illustration shows the components of a normal ECG waveform. Normal ECG Analyzing the ECG waveform An electrocardiogram (ECG)…

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AssessmentReviewing the techniques

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AssessmentReviewing the techniques Reviewing assessment techniques Performing a 10-minute assessment You won’t always want or need to assess a patient in 10 minutes. However, rapid assessment is crucial when you…

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Common disordersTreating and preventing diseases

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Common disordersTreating and preventing diseases Alzheimer’s disease Overview ♦ Degenerative disorder of the cerebral cortex (especially the frontal lobe). Alzheimer’s disease accounts for more than 50% of all cases of…

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Assessment findingsDistinguishing health from disease

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Assessment findingsDistinguishing health from disease Normal findings To distinguish between health and disease, you must be able to recognize normal assessment findings in each part of the body. When you…

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Documentation

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Documentation Legal and ethical implications of documentation ♦ Accurately and completely documenting the nature and quality of your nursing care helps the other members of the health care team confirm…

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Dosage calculation

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Dosage calculation Reviewing ratios and proportions ♦ A ratio is a mathematical expression of the relationship between two things. ♦ A ratio may be expressed with a fraction, such as…

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End-of-life care

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End-of-life care The experience of dying is unique for each patient and family. Nurses must discover what each dying patient and his family need. What are they afraid of? What…

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