I feel like when working in the hospital, we come into contact with patients with peripheral neuropathy all the time! Patients with uncontrolled diabetes very commonly have issues with this. What are other causes of peripheral neuropathy and how do we treat it?

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AuthorCourtney Tracy
CategoriesPhysiology

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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AuthorCourtney Tracy
CategoriesPhysiology

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.

Hepatitis is a common viral infection in the hospital population, especially with liver failure patients. There are a variety of strains of hepatitis, some acute and some chronic in nature. The most common type that I have seen in the ICU is Hepatitis C with chronic liver disease patients. When patients are in the ICU, their liver failure is generally very advanced requiring more palliative treatment.  What causes this destruction of the liver? How do we prevent this from happening?

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AuthorCourtney Tracy
CategoriesPhysiology

The process of declaring brain death and then donating organs is one that is very interesting to many nurses (including myself).  How exactly is brain death declared?  How does the process of donating organs work? I interviewed Tony Hume, a nurse from New Mexico, who has a great deal of experience with these situations to help answer these questions.

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AuthorCourtney Tracy