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Nasogastric Insertion Demonstration NGT

Nasogastric Insertion Demonstration NGT NG tubes may be used for feeding or for drainage – read your instructions thoroughly as this will dictate the type of tube you need to use. Essentially you are inserting a tube from the patients nose into their stomach. There are several absolute contraindications for …

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Calculating IV drug Infusion Rates

Another Example How to calculate IV flow rates: Intravenous fluid must be given at a specific rate, neither too fast nor too slow. The specific rate may be measured as ml/hour, L/hour or drops/min. To control or adjust the flow rate only drops per minute are used. The burette contains …

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Tracheostomy Suctioning and Care Skills

Tracheostomy Care/Tracheostomy Suctioning Procedure Purpose:to ensure and maintain a patent airway and help prevent infection. Equipment: sterile tracheostomy care tray with 2 trays sterile suction catheter trach dressing gauze sponges drape trach ties brush forceps pipe cleaner gloves Also need: cleaning solution; normal saline/sterile water; suction apparatus; sterile saline for …

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EKG Rhythm Quiz

EKG Rhythm Quiz This is a nice 13 min video quiz with explanations.  A nice refresher.  All blocks are covered. A rhythm that I would like to include a strip of is Asystole.     So review and good luck.

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Level 1 Rapid Infuser (Skills)

Blood and Fluid Warming Systems: When a patient has significant blood loss from trauma or surgery, the Level 1 is able to provide a rapid flow of warmed blood or IV fluids. Most hospital ER’s/Trauma Bay’s/ and, or ICU’s  have this equipment in place. The Level 1 can provide rapid …

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Set up Chest Tube Drainage w/DOPE mnemonic (Skills)

Remember the DOPE Mnemonic for assessing air leaks: D: Dislodgement O: Obstruction P: Pneumothorax E: Equipment Failure Assessment When doing your assessment, Assess the color of drainage in the drainage tubing and collection chamber. Know that old drainage in the collection chamber may inaccurately reflect current drainage as shown in …

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EKG Placement

Proper EKG Placement Proper EKG placement is important as incorrect positioning of electrodes can cause artefactual changes in the ECG. If this happens, a patient may receive potentially harmful treatment.

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Students be sure to get some time for yourself

 The holidays are coming, but so are finals etc.  Too much studying and not enough rest will not make you more productive, in fact it will make you less productive. German neurologist, Hans Berger found that the brain is always in a state of considerable activity, even when sleeping or …

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The many benefits of therapy dogs

The many benefits of therapy dogs A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospice, disaster areas, and to people with leaning difficulties.   Research shows that actual interaction with therapy animals can temporarily affect the release …

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Nurses eating their young

Nurses eating their young…………. An old topic revisited A friend sent me a link to a random website having to do with nursing careers.  In this link there was an article written by a nurse.  The article was very disenchanting in that this nurse admitted to eating his/her young and …

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Flu Shots

  What is Influenza? Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. How do flu vaccines work? …

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