The Whipple procedure is one of great intensity. Surgeons remove part of the pancreas, stomach, small intestine, gall bladder, and even lymph nodes. Why would such an invasive procedure need to be performed?  Check out a simple explanation from an ICU RN.

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On the list of preventable lifestyle diseases, Type 2 diabetes often sits near the top. Unfortunately, poor diet and inactivity have led to a widespread growth in the number of cases of adults and children with Type 2 diabetes. In fact, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 100 million people in the U.S. are either diabetic or prediabetic.

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I learned about this app called Full Code Pro at work. It is such an awesome app to use when you are recording a code.  It seems like you're always scrambling for something to write on.  I would sometimes end up with a paper towel and permanent marker for recording! 

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Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis that usually affects the lungs.  The tuberculosis bacteria is spread by infected individuals coughing and sneezing tiny droplets into the air.  Individuals infected with tuberculosis may or may not show symptoms of having the disease.

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Giving insulin IV is a lifesaving measure for patients experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperkalemia.  Monitoring these patients closely is essential to safe treatment.  Learn the basics about IV insulin from an ICU RN.

You hear so much talk about "heart disease."  What exactly does this term mean? What should you as a medical professional be looking out for in these patients? Even though you may not be working on a cardiac unit, the hospital is a place where many individuals have cardiac events.  Make sure that you are prepared for how to help your patients if they have a cardiac issue.

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Have you ever heard of an extreme sensitivity to the sunlight that is often fatal? Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) is a rare skin disorder in which individuals have a very extreme hypersensitivity to UV light which makes it impossible for them to be in the sunlight. This condition affects 1 in every 250,000 individuals worldwide.

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