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Nursing management of COPD

Effective COPD management plan includes four components: (1) assess and monitor disease; (2) reduce risk factors; (3) manage stable COPD; (4) manage exacerbations. The objectives of effective COPD management are to: Prevent disease progression Relieve symptoms Increase exercise tolerance Improving the health status Prevent and treat complications Preventing and treating exacerbations Reduce mortality These objectives should be achieved with minimal side effects from treatment, a

Cytokine Cascade

The Cytokine Cascade or cytokine storm is a relatively recently described autoimmune response in which the body's immune system gets caught in a positive feedback loop leading to a runaway and potentially fatal autoimmune response. A cytokine cascade can be particularly troublesome treat as it is the normal response of a healthy immune system, and so treatment usually focusses on the active interference of the immune processes rather than treatment of the underlying infection. Cytokine cascades have been implicated in…

Hematometra

Hematometra, otherwise known as hemometra is a condition in which blood is collected and retained in the uterus, commonly the result of an imperforate hymen or transverse vaginal septum. The physical obstruction of menstrual blood from the uterus causes a significant back up of menstrual blood over time, which can cause the uterus to enlarge, putting pressure on other pelvic organs, similar to in the case of hematocolpos. For this reason, the condition tends to worsen to longer the patient prolongs seeking medical…

5 Nursing Roles without Patient Care

There comes a time when some nurses are just sick of the day to day dramas of dealing patients and their families. But is there anything a nurse can do that doesn't involve dealing directly with patients? Of course there is! Nurses have established themselves in almost all aspects of the healthcare system, from face-to-face patient interactions, through to laboratory and executive roles, nurses are everywhere! You can read about the roles of nurses in Australia for a better idea of the levels of nurse employment and…

Double Uterus (Didelphys)

A double uterus, otherwise known as a uterus didelphys is a congenital uterine defect causing a bifurcation of the lumen of the uterus. It is considered a very rare condition, occurring in only 0.1-0.5% of women in the US, however, this is considered under representative as many women may remain asymptomatic, resulting in nondetection of the condition. Women with the condition may experience dysmenorrhea and dyspareunia3. The majority of cases remain asymptomatic with no obvious signs of abnormality, however, some women may…

Reading a Patient Monitor.

We see them all the time in medical TV shows and movies, or if you've ever been unfortunate enough to land yourself in the emergency department of a hospital, you've likely seen the patient monitor screen, or the machine that's always beeping about something! But what do all the sounds and squiggly lines mean? In this article, we'll look at each of the body's vital signs and how they're interpreted through the patient monitor. First, it is important to understand that vitals signs form a cohesive picture of the vital…

An Introduction to Nursing

Nursing is a broad profession within the healthcare system, which deals with the caring and support of sick is injured people, promoting recovery and wellbeing. Nursing is often what we envision when we think about hospitals and healthcare in general. The caring nurse with her gentle touch and soft voice is what we all think would best aid in our recovery, and indeed this has been shown to be the case on many occasions. Nurses focus not only on supporting individuals in need, but rather focus their skills…

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