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Thoracentesis

Also known as pleural fluid aspiration, the thoracic wall is punctured to obtain a specimen of pleural fluid for analysis or to relieve pulmonary compression and resultant respiratory distress. Locating...

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Military Nursing

How to become a Military nurse

So, you now are interested to become one Military Nurse, but how do you get there? First you need to acquire a nursing diploma either in Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). You may also speak with a military recruiter since there are different branches of the military that will often offer to pay all or part of your education once you agree to serve as a Military Nurse for a certain number of years.

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Preparing for KUB (Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder)

KUB: An overview

KUB Xray which stands for (Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder) is a procedure that may be performed to assess the abdominal area for causes of abdominal pain, or to assess the organs and structures of the urinary and/or gastrointestinal (GI) system. It may be the first diagnostic procedure to be done when assessing a patient’s urinary system. It is also often used to diagnose causes of abdominal pain. Information including the size and position of the bladder, kidneys, and ureter may also be viewed.

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Hepatic Failure

Hepatic failure can result from acute liver injury, causing acute liver failure (ALF) or fulminant hepatic failure (FHF), or progressive chronic liver disease such as cirrhosis. An alteration in hepatocyte...

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Modified Early Warning Score

Modified Early Warning Score

It was first introduced in 2001 as the Early Warning score but later on was called Modified Early Warning Signs. It serves as a tool for nurses to help monitor their patients and improve how quickly a patient experiencing a sudden decline receives clinical care. The score you get from MEWS is based upon common vital signs such as Temperature, Respiratory rate, Heart rate and Systolic blood pressure; as well as nursing assessments of mental status or consciousness level of the patient, hourly urine output (for the previous 2 hours) and/or age/BMI.

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Nursing Care Plan – Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is characterized by an abnormal increase in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) volume within the intracranial cavity and by enlargement of the head in infancy. Pressure from increased fluid volume can...