Medical Surgical Nursing

Disaster Nursing 🚨

Whenever there is a case of mass casualty, the healthcare team is responsible for determining who to treat and how fast. The main goal is to treat as many people as possible; this is why patients should be categorized according to the ability of treatment saving their life and/or limb. IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM…

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Maternity

Placenta Previa 👶🏽

  Normally, the placenta implants far from the internal cervical os (part posterior [below] toward the vagina). In placenta previa, however, the placenta attaches near the internal cervical os or completely over it. There are a few types of placenta previa: ✖️TOTAL placenta previa: placenta completely covers the internal cervical os…

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Psychiatry

Schizophrenia 🎭

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that make an individual feel out of touch with reality. SYMPTOMS Hallucinations ➰ Auditory: Hearing things/noises that aren’t there 🎶 Delusions INTERVENTIONS Antipsychotics 💊 May take some time to start working, often weeks May not remove all symptoms completely Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Teaching the patient how to…

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Pediatrics

Iron deficiency anemia in Pediatrics 👶🏽

In order for hemoglobin (carries oxygen) to be properly produced, iron is needed. When there is not enough iron, a patient’s ability to carry oxygen goes down. Thus, when a newborn/infant is not receiving enough iron, development is slowed down. While the fetus is still inside the womb, all the…

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Maternity

Mastitis 🍼

WHAT IS IT? Think: clogged boobies! Mastitis is an infection that occurs as a result of bacteria entering the nipple and growing inside the milk 🍼  SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MASTITIS Breast pain  Fever 🤒  Breast tenderness and swelling  TREATMENT FOR MASTITIS Since mastitis is a bacterial infection, the man…

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Pharmacology

Digoxin 💊

This medication is one of the BIG ones that you will see throughout your nursing career. PURPOSE Digoxin is used for heart failure 🖤 To sum it up, heart failure basically means the heart is not contracting enough, which means it is not pumping enough blood (the heart is failing) out…

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Medical Surgical Nursing

Malignant Hyperthermia 🌡

BACKGROUND   The first thing you should notice in the phrase “Malignant Hyperthermia” is the word HYPERTHERMIA (elevated temperature)! So, what are we obviously going to see in this condition? A patient with a fever! 🌡 When patients go under general anesthesia, most of them go under fine, with no problems. However, patients with this condition (Malignant Hyperthermia), have…

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