Do you struggle with your head to toe assessments? There is so much to remember and you want to feel competent around your patients. Here is a great overview of the body systems and what you should be paying attention to in your assessment.

Do you struggle with your head to toe assessments? There is so much to remember and you want to feel competent around your patients. Here is a great overview of the body systems and what you should be paying attention to in your assessment.

I absolutely love the doctors that I work with in my ICU. They treat all of the nurses with respect and value our opinions. I have, however, heard horror stories about doctors from other hospitals. I thought this was a clever cartoon that maybe, just maybe, could feel true if you were dealing with one of "those" doctors!

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AuthorCourtney Tracy

Sepsis is definitely the number one killer of patients in my medical/surgical ICU. Most of our patients come in because of some kind of infection that their bodies cannot fight on their own. Usual symptoms that these types of patients exhibit are tachycardia (high heart rate), fever, and hypotension (low blood pressure). We place patients on vasopressor medications (medications to increase blood pressure) and on antibiotics. Then we wait to see if their bodies will recover from the infection or if they will continue to get worse. This article is about a biomarker than can be identified to show whether or not patients have bacteria in their blood (in other words "sepsis").

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AuthorCourtney Tracy