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Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline

April 06, 2020

Amitriptyline is a Tricyclic Antidepressant.


HINT: "Amy tripped over a tricycle in the desert".


Desert helps you remember anticholinergic side effects (urinary retention, constipation, dry mouth, blurry vision, photophobia, tachycardia)

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Community Nursing

Community Nursing

April 03, 2020

Community Oriented Nursing (i.e. Public Health Nursing) is focused on health promotion and disease prevention in the community. No direct care for individuals!

Community Based Nursing is focused on illness care for individuals and families (ex: Home health nurse, School Nurse).

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Tamoxifen

Tamoxifen

March 30, 2020

Tamoxifen is a medication used to treat breast cancer. It works by competing with estrogen for binding sites in breasts.

HINT: Tammy is a foxy lady with breast cancer.
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Medications in Nutrition IV Line

Medications in Nutrition IV Line

March 27, 2020

Do NOT administer any medications through a patient's parenteral nutrition (i.e. TPN) IV line! You need to use a separate line.
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NPH- Intermediate-Acting Insulin

NPH- Intermediate-Acting Insulin

March 23, 2020

NPH is an intermediate-acting insulin. Onset is 1-2 hours, peak is 4-12 hours, and duration is 18-24 hours.

HINT: Neil Patrick Harris (NPH) is a hard-working actor of intermediate height. If you call him, he will be "on set" in 1-2 hours and he will stay there for up to 24 hours.
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Unavailable Parenteral Nutrition

Unavailable Parenteral Nutrition

March 20, 2020

If your patient's next parenteral nutrition (i.e. TPN) line is unavailable, administer 10-20% dextrose in water until it arrives!
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Sulfonylureas

Sulfonylureas

March 16, 2020

Glipizide and glyburide are Sulfonylureas used to treat type 2 Diabetes.

HINT: Think of
riding down a slide, as your blood sugar comes down with this medication. Key side effect = hypoglycemia.
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Dysphagia Best Practices

Dysphagia Best Practices

March 13, 2020

Best practices for patients with DYSPHAGIA:
  • Lightly stroke chin/throat to promote swallowing.
  • Encourage patient to tuck their chin towards their chest when swallowing.
  • Thicken thin liquids.
  • Check for food pockets in patient's mouth before feeding.
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Acarbose

Acarbose

March 09, 2020

Acarbose is an alpha glucosidase inhibitor used to treat type 2 Diabetes. It works by inhibiting glucose absorption in the GI tract.

HINT: A = "NO" + CARBS. So "No carbs" absorbed in the GI tract with acarbose.
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Dumping Syndrome Nutrition

Dumping Syndrome Nutrition

March 06, 2020

Nutrition recommendations to prevent DUMPING syndrome:
  • Consume small frequent meals.
  • Do not drink liquids with meals.
  • Include protein and fat at each meal.
  • Avoid dairy products and concentrated sugar.
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Finasteride

Finasteride

March 02, 2020

Finasteride is an Androgen Inhbitor used to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and baldness.

HINT:
Finasteride kind of looks like "Fine ride". That guy over there has a fine ride, but he is also bald with BPH. 🤔
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Incidence Vs Prevalence

Incidence Vs Prevalence

February 28, 2020

Incidence vs. Prevalence:

Incidence is the number of NEW cases of disease/injury in a population during a period of time.

Prevalence is the number of ALL cases (new and pre-existing) of disease/injury in a population during a period of time.

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