Appendicitis – Pathophysiology, Podcast, and Nursing Care Plan

appendicitis

Appendicitis The appendix is a small appendage that is located at the beginning of the large intestine. Appendicitis is an inflammation to the inner lining of the appendix most often occurring in patients between age 10 – 30. Appendicitis is thought to start when the appendix becomes blocked by feces, a foreign body, or sometimes even a tumor.    Complications […]

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Peptic Ulcer Disease -Pathophysiology, Podcast, and Care Plan

Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) The term Peptic ulcer disease is given when the  gastric acid in the digestive tract erodes the inner area of the small intestine, pylorus, stomach, or esophagus.  These erosions cause open sores and can become extremely painful and can even bleed. Usually, the mucus lining of the small intestine and stomach can protect against gastric acid.  However, […]

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Wound VAC review for nursing students and nurses – Skills

Wound VAC

Wound VAC review for nursing students and nurses – Skills   While there may be several different models of wound vacs in the healthcare setting, the basic concepts are the same.  Please check your facilities policies and procedures prior to using these machines. Vacuum-Assisted Closure Therapy also known in the healthcare facilities as Wound Vac have been used for over […]

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A1C test review for nurses and nursing students

A1c testing

A1C test review for nurses and nursing students An A1C test is a blood test that is used to diagnose both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This exam is also been referred to as a hemoglobin A1C, HbA1c, glycosylated hemoglobin, and glycated hemoglobin. The A1c results show what your average blood sugar level was for the last 8-12 weeks. […]

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