LVAD General Info – Cardiac

LVAD 101: Anatomy and Physiology [toc] Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)   Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is implanted under your skin. It helps pump blood from the left ventricle of your heart and on to the rest of your body. A control unit and battery pack are worn outside your body and are connected to the LVAD through a […]

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What is a Craniotomy and Craniectomy

What is a craniotomy? A craniotomy is the surgical removal of part of the bone from the skull to expose the brain. Specialized tools are used to remove the section of bone called the bone flap. The bone flap is temporarily removed, then replaced after the brain surgery has been performed. Some craniotomy procedures may utilize the guidance of computers […]

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ACLS Practice – Skills

What is ACLS Certification for Nursing? Nurses who work in critical, urgent, or emergency care units are required to be ACLS certified. Other nursing positions where cardiac-related emergencies are common, such as senior care facilities, also typically require ACLS certification. RNs and LPNs are required to be certified and familiar with ACLS protocol since they work with patients who have […]

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How to use an AED – Skills

  AED instructions. What Is an Automated External Defibrillator? An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops […]

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Transcutaneous Pacing – Skills

Transcutaneous Pacing Refresher for transcutaneous pacing. Please check with your facilities policies and procedures.   What is Noninvasive Transcutaneous Pacing? NTP is the technique of electrically stimulating the heart by use of a set of pads placed externally on the torso. ECG electrodes are also placed on the patient to sense ventricular events (spontaneous or paced), and the pulse generator […]

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Congestive Heart Failure Mnemonic

  What is congestive heart failure (CHF)? Heart failure describes the inability or failure of the heart to adequately meet the needs of organs and tissues for oxygen and nutrients. This decrease in cardiac output, the amount of blood that the heart pumps, is not adequate to circulate the blood returning to the heart from the body and lungs, causing […]

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IV Piggyback Medication Administration – Skills

The only item that I would add to this is that most facilities do not allow any medication or IV fluid to run on gravity anymore. Please be sure to check your facilities policy and procedures for medication administration. Six Rights Of Medication Administration The Six Rights When you are giving medication, regardless of the type of medication, you must […]

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How to setup and IV and IV Piggyback – Skills

Amazon.com Widgets When given intravenously, a drug is delivered immediately to the bloodstream and tends to take effect more quickly than when given by any other route. Consequently, health care practitioners closely monitor people who receive an intravenous injection for signs that the drug is working or is causing undesired side effects. Also, the effect of a drug given by […]

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Sterile Gloving and Catheterization Procedure

Amazon.com Widgets Foley Catheter Introduction A Foley catheter is a thin, sterile tube inserted into the bladder to drain urine. Because it can be left in place in the bladder for a period of time, it is also called an indwelling catheter. It is held in place with a balloon at the end, which is filled with sterile water to […]

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