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Qaodust

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I'm a critical care nurse who gets bored very easily, so now I have trauma, telemetry, cancer, travel, and some limited ER experience. Everywhere I go and work, I become annoyed at the poor patient teaching I witness. Hopefully some of my work will find its way into the right hands and help someone.

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  • Ventilators (AKA: Breathing Tubes)
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    Ventilators (AKA: Breathing Tubes)

    3 years ago

    Breathing tubes (ventilators) are a very scary thing to the laymen facing a hospitalization, or with family in the hospital. I'll teach you about them to decrease the fear and stress surrounding them.

  • Eating after Surgery
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    Eating after Surgery

    3 years ago

    One of the most common complaints I hear from patients after surgery is being hungry and thirsty. Often, it isn't safe to give them food and water, and here's why.

  • Hygiene in the Hospital
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    Hygiene in the Hospital

    3 years ago

    When people think of being in the hospital, especially an ICU, they can often get stressed over basic daily needs. I'll explain how bathing works in a dependent hospital setting.

  • The Inner Workings of Teaching Hospitals
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    The Inner Workings of Teaching Hospitals

    3 years ago

    Being in a hospital is scary to start with, but teaching hospitals add a whole new level of stress due to the complicated format and fear of a "student" working on you. Allow me to demystify this.

  • What exactly is a living will?
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    What exactly is a living will?

    3 years ago

    A living will is a vitally important document to have if you have any health related concerns. I'll explain what a living will is, and how it helps you.

  • What is a DNR and DNI?
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    What is a DNR and DNI?

    3 years ago

    A DNR / DNI is a very important medical document to have, but you first have to understand what it is. I'll explain what they are, and why they're used.

  • ICU Care: Swan Ganz Catheter
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    ICU Care: Swan Ganz Catheter

    3 years ago

    In acutely ill patients, particularly those with sepsis or cardiac issues, a Swan Ganz catheter might be used. Hopefully this will help you understand why.

  • How the Heart Works: Part 2
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    How the Heart Works: Part 2

    3 years ago

    Part 2 of Understanding the Heart delves into the electrical pathways that produce a heart beat.

  • How the Heart Works: Part 1
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    How the Heart Works: Part 1

    3 years ago

    The heart can be a confusing organ to many people, but it's truly painfully simple. Read on to learn the basic anatomy of the heart.

  • What Is a PVC (Premature Ventricular Contraction)?
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    What Is a PVC (Premature Ventricular Contraction)?

    2 weeks ago

    So, you're in the hospital and the alarm on the telemetry monitor is going off. But the staff tells you its nothing but PVCs. What gives?!? Well, PVCs aren't a big deal. Read on to learn why.

  • Understanding A.fib (atrial fibrillation)
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    Understanding A.fib (atrial fibrillation)

    3 years ago

    Have you ever been in the hospital yourself or with a family member and heard mention of afib? Were you confused? Read on to get a basic understanding of this heart rhythm.

  • Open Heart Surgery - What to Expect
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    Open Heart Surgery - What to Expect

    3 years ago

    You've discovered that a family member has heart disease and requires open heart surgery.. What now? I'll help you understand what to expect in the coming weeks.

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