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Orthostatic Hypotension

Orthostatic Hypotension

November 20, 2019

A patient is POSITIVE for orthostatic hypotension if: The SBP decreases more than 20mmHg when changing position AND/OR the DBP decreases more than 10mmHg with a 10-20% increase in heart rate.
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Gentamicin

Gentamicin

November 18, 2019

Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside used to treat SERIOUS bacterial infections. Gentamicin looks like "Gentle", but it is the OPPOSITE of gentle. Key side effects includeototoxicity andnephrotoxicity.
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Oxygen Safety

Oxygen Safety

November 15, 2019

Oxygen safety: UseCOTTON bedding and clothes (vs. synthetic fabrics or wool).
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Gestational Age

Gestational Age

November 13, 2019

Between 18 and 32 weeks gestation, the fundal height = gestational age.
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TB Meds

TB Meds

November 11, 2019

Don't getTIPSY when taking yourTB meds! Alcohol is contraindicated for these TB meds: Isoniazid, Rifampin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol. All carry a risk for hepatotoxicity!
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FIRE-RACE

FIRE-RACE

November 06, 2019

Reponse to a FIRE: Use the RACE sequence. R = rescue (move patients to safer location). A = alarm (activate alarm system). C = contain (close doors/windows, turn off oxygen sources). E = extinguish (use fire extinguiser).
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Pioglitazone

Pioglitazone

November 04, 2019

Pioglitazone is an oral antidiabetic medication. Key side effects include fluid retention and elevated LDL levels. HINT: Pioglitazone kind of looks like "pig zone", which can help you remember these side effects.
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Apical Pulse

Apical Pulse

November 01, 2019

Apical pulse is taken at the fifth intercostal space at the left midclavicular line.
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ABCDE Principle

ABCDE Principle

October 31, 2019

With the ABCDE principle in Nursing, A is for "airway". Ensure the patient has a patent airway AND the cervical spine is stabilized if neck/head trauma is suspected.
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Water Heater Settings

Water Heater Settings

October 29, 2019

Injury prevention in the home: Make sure water heater setting is set to LESS than 120 degrees F to prevent burns.
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Rivaroxaban

Rivaroxaban

October 27, 2019

Rivaroxaban is an anticoagulant. HINT: If you takeRivaroxaban, your blood will flow like ariver. RivaroXaban works by inhibiting factorXa in the coagulation cascade.
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Glucagon

Glucagon

October 22, 2019

Glucagon is a hyperglycemic agent used to treat severe hypoglycemia wihen a patient is unable to take oral glucose (ex: unconscious patient). HINT: When the glucose is all GONE, take glucagon.
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