Does DKA have a confusing pathophysiology? Why does the potassium rise initially? How does insulin help to resolve DKA? Why do these patients breathe so fast? If you've wondered about these questions, look at this article to see if it helps clear up some of the confusion!

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AuthorCourtney Tracy
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Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is the "flesh-eating" bacteria that you sometimes hear about in the news.   How do people contract this horrible and sometimes fatal infection?  Is it just pure, bad luck? How many patients die every year from this infection? Check out this quick explanation from an ICU RN.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

Take a few minutes to read the story of Eva Grace who was born with a terminal condition called anencephaly.  Her parents had a plan for her birth and organ donation, but things never seem to quite go as planned.  

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

I remember when I started as a new nurse feeling very intimidated by tracheostomies (or as most people call them - trachs, sounds like trakes). I was terrified that it was going to fall out or that I was going to injure the patient while managing it.  I've since worked with them for six years in the ICU and feel very comfortable with them now.  Hopefully this helps you to be at ease that trachs are not bad to manage!

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

I worked as a night shift nurse for six years. Figuring out how to stay healthy while switching back and forth from days to nights was very important. Here are a few helpful tips to keep you feeling good while working the night shift.

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Wayne Brackin, the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baptist Health South Florida, talks about evacuation plans for hospitals that will come in contact with Hurricane Irma.  I couldn't imagine trying to transport all of those patients to safety in such a short amount of time.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

When patients are bleeding from their eyes, mouth, catheter, IV sites, and more...what do you start to think? You should automatically think disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).  This looks like something you would see in the Hollywood version of the ICU, except that it actually happens. Check out this summary of what DIC is, written by an ICU RN.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy
CategoriesPhysiology