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Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate Cancer Screening

July 15, 2020

When screening a patient for prostate cancer, be sure to obtain the PSA (prostate specific antigen) before performing a DRE (digital rectal exam).
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Antitussives ABCD Tip

Antitussives ABCD Tip

July 13, 2020

ABCD = Antitussives include Benzonatate, Codeine, Dextromethorphan.
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Urolithiasis

Urolithiasis

July 10, 2020

For a patient with urolithiasis (kidney stone), a key nursing intervention is to strain the patient's urine. Send stone for lab analysis!
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Calcium Gluconate

Calcium Gluconate

July 08, 2020

Calcium gluconate is used for emergency treatment of hyperkalemia and hypermagnesemia!
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Gastric and Duodenal Ulcers

Gastric and Duodenal Ulcers

July 06, 2020

Key differences in symptoms for Gastric and Duodenal ulcers: Gastric ulcer: Pain 30-60 minutes after meal, worse in DAY, worse with eating. Duodenal ulcer: Pain 1.5-3 hours after meal, worse at NIGHT, better with eating.
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Malignant Hyperthermia

Malignant Hyperthermia

July 03, 2020

Malignant hyperthermia is alife-threatening complication due to certain general anesthesia medications. Symptoms: Muscle rigidity, tachycardia, fever, dysrhythmias, tachypnea, hypotension, cyanosis.
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Continuous Bladder Irrigation

Continuous Bladder Irrigation

July 01, 2020

When administering Continuous Bladder Irrigation (CBI) for a patient following a Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP), be sure to increase the CBI rate if outflow is bright red or contains clots. Goal = light pink irrigation outflow.
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Ferrous Sulfate

Ferrous Sulfate

June 29, 2020

Ferrous Sulfate is an iron supplement that can stain the teeth. 

I'm furious that my teeth got stained from ferrous sulfate!
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Herpes Zoster

Herpes Zoster

June 26, 2020

Key symptom of Herpes Zoster: Painful, unilateral vesicular rash that runs along a dermatome
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Mastectomy Care

Mastectomy Care

June 24, 2020

Mastectomy Care and Patient Teaching:

Nursing Care: Do not administer injections, obtain blood, or take BP in the affected arm.

Patient Teaching: Wear sling when ambulating, wear loose clothing, perform arm/hand exercises to prevent edema and increase ROM.

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Magnesium Toxicity

Magnesium Toxicity

June 22, 2020

Too much magnesium (magnesium toxicity) brought Maggie to her knees (due to cardiac and respiratory depression).
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Patient Teaching for GERD

Patient Teaching for GERD

June 19, 2020

Patient teaching for GERD: Avoid fatty, fried, citrus, spicy foods. Eat smaller meals. Remain upright after meals. Avoid tight-fitting clothing. Lose weight (if applicable). Quit smoking. Elevate HOB with blocks.
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