ED Nursing 2002 Index

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Abdominal pain

  • Journal Review: A randomized clinical trial of analgesia in children with acute abdominal pain, JUL:126

Abuse

  • Are you examining every child for signs of abuse? AUG:135
  • Injuries that may be signs of abuse, AUG:136
  • Journal Review: Emergency nurses’ experience with violence: Does it affect nursing care of battered women? SEP:155
  • Journal Review: Health status and intimate partner violence: A cross-sectional study, MAR:68
  • Take these 4 steps if you suspect abuse, AUG:138
  • Use these strategies when you suspect elder abuse, MAR:63
  • Watch for red flags that may signal abuse, MAR:64

Acute myocardial infarction (Also see Cardiac)

  • Journal Review: Persistence of delays in presentation and treatment for patients with acute myocardial infarction: The GUSTO-I and GUSTO-III experience, MAY:97
  • Nonthrombolytic/unstable AMI angina orders and TNKase orders for AMI, SEP:Supplement

Admission holds (Also see Critical care patients)

  • 9 ways to improve care of ED hold’ patients, JUL:115
  • Comply with accreditation standards for inpatients, JUN:103

Alcoholism

  • Brief negotiation interview (BNI) screening tool, JUN:Supplement
  • Do you screen patients for alcohol abuse? JUN:104
  • Here are steps to take if you suspect alcoholism, JUN:106
  • Journal Review: Screening and brief intervention for alcohol problems in the emergency department: A systematic review, AUG:139
  • Recommended best practices for nurses: Detection and intervention of problem drinkers in the ED, JUN:Supplement

Assessment

  • Don’t miss clues in vital signs of elderly patients, DEC:24

Asthma

  • Case study: How would you manage this case? SEP:145
  • Excerpt from National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines, SEP:Supplement
  • Journal Review: Initial oxygen saturation as a predictor of admission in children presenting to the emergency department with acute asthma, DEC:28
  • Journal Review: Provider adherence to a clinical practice guideline for acute asthma in a pediatric emergency department, FEB:55
  • Journal Review: Validation of the pulmonary score: An asthma severity score for children, JUN:111
  • New, more specific asthma meds are on the horizon, NOV:8
  • Respiratory assessment flow sheet, SEP:143
  • Stepwise approach for managing asthma, SEP:Supplement
  • Updated asthma guidelines are here: Are you giving the right medications? SEP:141

Bioterrorism (Also see Disaster planning and Smallpox)

  • Anthrax aftermath:Adverse drug reactions, vaccine controversy undercut CDC extended treatment offer, MAR:Supplement
  • Anthrax outbreak forces closer focus on patient safety, JAN: Supplement
  • APIC: Smallpox plan uses outdated infection control, JUN:Supplement
  • Bioterror tips for running a tabletop, MAY:Supplement
  • Bioterrorism forensics:The burden of proof, APR:Supplement
  • Building a bridge over the abyss: Will bioterrorism help bring disjointed health system together? APR:Supplement
  • CDC gets plenty of advice for action, APR:Supplement
  • CDC moving quickly on smallpox front, JAN:Supplement
  • Clinical evaluation of people with possible inhalational anthrax, JAN:Supplement
  • Dire straits: Plague released at concert, MAY:Supplement
  • Do you know how to use PAPRs? JAN:33
  • Ease of access to deadly chemicals may be the greatest threat to hospital readiness, FEB:Supplement
  • ED nurses tapped for smallpox immunizations, NOV:11
  • Flu or anthrax: First inhalation cases yield clues for clinicians to make the critical call, JAN:Supplement
  • Side effects undermine anthrax drug adherence, MAR:Supplement
  • Signs and symptoms of chemical exposures, FEB:Supplement
  • Site gives you tools to confront bioterrorism, DEC:20
  • Stanford sets the standard for bioterrorism planning, JUN:Supplement
  • They don’t call it bioterror for nothing: Fear is the foe when anthrax spores are found within hospital walls; JUN:Supplement
  • Traumatized health care providers may need stress counseling in horrific aftermath of bioterror attack, MAY:Supplement
  • Triage, decontamination after chemical exposures, FEB:Supplement
  • Was anthrax mailer a bioweapons researcher? APR:Supplement
  • Winds of war: Researchers track airborne anthrax, MAY:Supplement

Cardiac (Also see Acute Myocardial Infarction)

  • Cardiac care center IV nesiritide (Natrecor) policy/procedure, MAY:89
  • Chest pain center initial cardiac evaluation orders, AUG:Supplement
  • Be prepared to change stroke and cardiac care, NOV:12
  • Do you know about these new cardiac meds? SEP:146
  • Do you know the four pillars’ for heart failure? DEC:19
  • ED nurses: New heart failure guidelines give exciting options for treatment, DEC:17
  • Emergency department GP IIb-IIIa physician’s orders, AUG:Supplement
  • Here are criteria for GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors, SEP:147
  • New cardiac guidelines will impact your care: How will your practice change? AUG:129
  • New drug should revolutionize CHF treatment, MAY:88
  • Orders for Patients with Heart Failure, DEC:Supplement
  • What to tell patients to prevent heart failure, DEC:19

Clinical trials

  • Clinical trials harmed by lack of informed consent, SEP:153

Conflict resolution

  • Here are 4 steps to handle any conflict, MAY:98
  • Try these strategies for better communication, JUL:117

Critical care patients (Also see Admission holds)

  • Are you uncomfortable caring for ICU patients in the ED? Here are strategies, JUN:101
  • Try these strategies for better communication, JUL:117
  • What to do if you think your care is unsafe, AUG:134

Delays (Also see Patient Flow)

  • General information patient handout, NOV:Supplement
  • Journal Review: Persistence of delays in presentation and treatment for patients with acute myocardial infarction: The GUSTO-I and GUSTO-III experience, MAY:97

Disaster planning (Also see Bioterrorism and Smallpox)

  • Anthrax aftermath:Adverse drug reactions, vaccine controversy undercut CDC extended treatment offer, MAR:Supplement
  • Anthrax outbreak forces closer focus on patient safety, JAN: Supplement
  • APIC: Smallpox plan uses outdated infection control, JUN:Supplement
  • A year after 9/11: Here are key concerns, SEP:145
  • Bioterrorism forensics:The burden of proof, APR:Supplement
  • Bioterror tips for running a tabletop, MAY:Supplement
  • Building a bridge over the abyss: Will bioterrorism help bring disjointed health system together? APR:Supplement
  • CDC gets plenty of advice for action, APR:Supplement
  • CDC moving quickly on smallpox front, JAN:Supplement
  • Clinical evaluation of people with possible inhalational anthrax, JAN:Supplement
  • Dire straits: Plague released at concert, MAY:Supplement
  • Distinguishing smallpox from chickenpox, JAN:32
  • Ease of access to deadly chemicals may be the greatest threat to hospital readiness, FEB:Supplement
  • ED nurses tapped for smallpox immunizations, NOV:11
  • Emergency department nurses may be first to notice a smallpox outbreak, JAN:29
  • Excerpt: Vaccinia (smallpox) vaccine, Recommendations of the advisory committee on immunization practices (ACIP), 2001, JAN:Supplement
  • Fact sheet on smallpox: JAN:31
  • Flu or anthrax: First inhalation cases yield clues for clinicians to make the critical call, JAN:Supplement
  • Here are lessons learned from volunteers on 9/11, MAY:95
  • Here are hot trends in disaster training, JUL:123
  • Hospital preparedness for weapons of mass-destruction incidents: An initial assessment, MAR:69
  • Involve community in your disaster drills, JUN:125
  • Joint Commission report spotlights disaster planning, JAN:39
  • Read this before you volunteer at a disaster, MAY:96
  • Side effects undermine anthrax drug adherence, MAR:Supplement
  • Signs and symptoms of chemical exposures, FEB:Supplement
  • Smallpox vaccination urged for at least 250,000, OCT:167
  • Stanford sets the standard for bioterrorism planning, JUN:Supplement
  • They don’t call it bioterror for nothing: Fear is the foe when anthrax spores are found within hospital walls; JUN:Supplement
  • Traumatized health care providers may need stress counseling in horrific aftermath of bioterror attack, MAY:Supplement
  • Triage, decontamination after chemical exposures, FEB:Supplement
  • Triage unit leader, MAR:67
  • Use this checklist to assess if you’re prepared, JAN:40
  • Use job action sheets for your disaster plan, MAR:66
  • Was anthrax mailer a bioweapons researcher? APR:Supplement
  • Winds of war: Researchers track airborne anthrax, MAY:Supplement

Diversity

  • Web site offers tools for culturally diverse care, JAN:41

Documentation

  • Emergency department nursing intervention sheet, OCT:Supplement
  • Is your documentation lacking key information? OCT:164
  • Nursing notes: History, triage, short ED course, and disposition, OCT:Supplement
  • Proposed payment changes for procedures, OCT:Supplement
  • Use this checklist when you document, OCT:165

Domestic violence

  • Journal Review: Emergency nurses’ experience with violence: Does it affect nursing care of battered women? SEP:2002
  • Journal Review: Health status and intimate partner violence: A cross-sectional study, MAR:68

Drug abuse

  • ED visits rise for cocaine use: Don’t overlook life-threatening conditions, JUL:114

EMTALA

  • Care of accident victims on hospital property, APR:Supplement
  • Do you know how to comply with the 250-yard rule? APR:78
  • Off-side location screening tool, APR:79
  • Which sites fall under the 250-yard rule? APR:80

Ethics

  • Journal Review: Perspectives on practicing procedures on the newly dead, SEP:155

Family-centered care

  • 5 principles you must follow, FEB:48
  • Excerpt: Self-assessment tool to determine family-centered care practices, FEB: Supplement
  • Make your ED stand out — trend grows toward family-centered practices, FEB:45
  • Tips for implementing a family-centered approach, FEB: Supplement
  • Wary of family presence? Consider these options, JUN:107

Geriatrics

  • Check for safety, FEB:Supplement
  • Don’t miss clues in vital signs of elderly patients, DEC:24
  • Journal Review: Factors associated with older patients’ satisfaction with care in an inner-city emergency department, JAN:42
  • Journal Review: Polypharmacy, adverse drug-related events, and potential adverse drug interactions in elderly patients presenting to an emergency department, FEB:54
  • Lower risk of adverse drug reactions in elderly, AUG:132
  • Share these tips with at-risk patients, DEC:25
  • Use these strategies when you suspect elder abuse, MAR:63
  • Warn patients to come to ED early for stroke, SEP:149
  • Watch for red flags that may signal abuse, MAR:64
  • Ways to prevent falls in older patients, FEB:51

Guidelines

  • Case study: Here are 5 key steps you must take, FEB:50
  • ED nurses: New heart failure guidelines give exciting options for treatment, DEC:17
  • Excerpt from National Asthma Education and Prevention Program guidelines, SEP:Supplement
  • Follow new guidelines for newborn resuscitation, FEB:48
  • Journal Review: Provider adherence to a clinical practice guideline for acute asthma in a pediatric emergency department, FEB:55
  • New cardiac guidelines will impact your care: How will your practice change? AUG:129
  • New guidelines for acute headaches: Here’s how your practice will change, MAY:86
  • Recommended best practices for nurses: Detection and intervention of problem drinkers in the ED, JUN:Supplement
  • Updated asthma guidelines are here: Are you giving the right medications? SEP:141

Headaches

  • Case study: Don’t miss subarachnoid hemorrhage, MAY:87
  • New guidelines for acute headaches: Here’s how your practice will change, MAY:86

Injury prevention

  • Here are key stats for self-inflicted injuries, SEP:152
  • Improve your care of self-inflicted injuries, SEP:151
  • Injury statistics (2000), MAR:71
  • Report: EDs treated 31 million injuries in 2000, MAR:70
  • Share these tips with at-risk patients, DEC:25
  • Ways to prevent falls in older patients, FEB:51

Internet

  • Site offers help if needlestick occurs, AUG:138
  • Web site offers multitude of free tools for ED, JUN:110
  • Web site offers tools for culturally diverse care, JAN:41

Intravenous sites

  • Checking IV sites can be made easier, SEP:153

Joint Commission

  • Comply with accreditation standards for inpatients, JUN:103
  • Accreditation surveys will never be the same, NOV:5
  • Involve community in your disaster drills, JUN:125
  • New Joint Commission safety goals will change practice of ED nursing, OCT:157
  • Joint Commission report spotlights disaster planning, JAN:39
  • Use this checklist to assess if you’re prepared, JAN:40

Legislation

  • Update on new law to combat nursing shortage, OCT:166

Liability

  • Care of accident victims on hospital property, APR:Supplement
  • Do you know how to comply with the 250-yard rule? APR:78
  • Do you offer rape victims emergency contraception? Liability is an issue, MAR:57
  • Pregnancy risk evaluation and emergency interception policy and procedure, MAR:60
  • Take these steps to avoid being named in a lawsuit, SEP:148
  • What if your ED won’t offer EC? MAR:62
  • What to do if you think your care is unsafe, AUG:134

Lyme disease

  • Report: Lyme disease is on the rise, APR:81

Medications

  • Cardiac care center IV nesiritide (Natrecor) policy/procedure, MAY:89
  • Be prepared to change stroke and cardiac care, NOV:12
  • Do you know about these new cardiac meds? SEP:146
  • Do you know the four pillars’ for heart failure? DEC:19
  • ED nurses: New heart failure guidelines give exciting options for treatment, DEC:17
  • Educate parents about medications, JAN:35
  • Emergency department GP IIb-IIIa physician’s orders, AUG:Supplement
  • Here are criteria for GP IIb/IIIa inhibitors, SEP:147
  • You must brace for change in ED pain management, NOV:8
  • Journal Review: Polypharmacy, adverse drug-related events, and potential adverse drug interactions in elderly patients presenting to an emergency department, FEB:54
  • Lower risk of adverse drug reactions in elderly, AUG:132
  • New, more specific asthma meds are on the horizon, NOV:8
  • New drug should revolutionize CHF treatment, MAY:88
  • Nonthrombolytic/unstable AMI angina orders and TNKase orders for AMI, SEP:Supplement
  • Use these tips for giving medications to children, JAN:34

Morale (Also see Nursing shortage and Staffing)

  • Emergency Services Employee of the Month Nomination Form, NOV:Supplement
  • Here are 6 predictions for nursing shortage, NOV:5
  • Here are solutions for 3 morale problems, OCT:164
  • Nursing shortage report: Here are key findings, JAN:38
  • Secrets for keeping your ED nurses happy, NOV:4
  • Use these 6 ways to boost the morale of your nurses, OCT:162

Nasogastric tubes

  • Here’s a strategy for NG tube placement, APR:83

Nursing shortage (Also see Morale and Staffing)

  • Here are 6 predictions for nursing shortage, NOV:5
  • Here are 10 ways to retain nursing staff, JAN:36
  • Nursing shortage report: Here are key findings, JAN:38
  • Secrets for keeping your ED nurses happy, NOV:4
  • Update on new law to combat nursing shortage, OCT:166
  • Nursing shortage will continue: Make sure your ED stays ahead of the game, NOV:1

Needlestick injuries

  • Site offers help if needlestick occurs, AUG:138

Pain management

  • You must brace for change in ED pain management, NOV:8
  • Journal Review: Assessment of clinically significant changes in acute pain in children, MAY:97

Patient education

  • Check for safety, FEB:Supplement
  • Educate parents about medications, JAN:35
  • Report: EDs treated 31 million injuries in 2000, MAR:70
  • Teach patients to rinse after use of steroid inhaler, JAN:40
  • Warn patients to come to ED early for stroke, SEP:149
  • Ways to prevent falls in older patients, FEB:51
  • What to tell patients to prevent heart failure, DEC:19

Patient flow (Also see Delays)

  • Use a pocket timer to jog your memory, JUN:111
  • You can cut delays with wireless registration, MAR:65

Patient safety

  • Accreditation surveys will never be the same, NOV:5
  • Anthrax outbreak forces closer focus on patient safety, JAN: Supplement
  • Avoid problems when you transport a patient, JUL:118
  • Bring these items to avert transport emergency, JUL:119
  • Check patient’s status before transporting, JUL:120
  • Here are ways to make restraint use safer, DEC:23
  • HHS commits $50 million to better patient safety, JAN:Supplement
  • Journal Review: A system of analyzing medical errors to improve GME curricula and programs, MAR:68
  • Journal Review: Polypharmacy, adverse drug-related events, and potential adverse drug interactions in elderly patients presenting to an emergency department, FEB:54
  • Leapfrog compliance pays off for hospitals, JAN:Supplement
  • Lower risk of adverse drug reactions in elderly, AUG:132
  • New Joint Commission safety goals will change practice of ED nursing, OCT:157
  • NPSF taps Diamond as interim director, JAN:Supplement

Patient satisfaction

  • Here are 4 steps to handle any conflict, MAY:98
  • General information patient handout, NOV:Supplement
  • Journal Review: Factors associated with older patients’ satisfaction with care in an inner-city emergency department, JAN:42
  • Make your ED stand out — trend grows toward family-centered practices, FEB:45

Pediatrics

  • Ankle fracture in children, APR:Supplement
  • Are you examining every child for signs of abuse? AUG:135
  • Case study: Here are 5 key steps you must take, FEB:50
  • Case study: How would you manage this seizure? APR:77
  • Children need adult advocates in the ED, JAN:38
  • Don’t overlook bullying: Here are ways to help pediatric patients in need, APR:74
  • Educate parents about medications, JAN:35
  • Febrile seizure in children, JAN:Supplement
  • Follow new guidelines for newborn resuscitation, FEB:48
  • Here’s how to avoid problems with Dermabond, JUL:120
  • Here’s what to tell victims of bullying, APR:75
  • How to make transport of children safer, OCT:160
  • Improve care of children with special needs, JUN:109
  • Injuries that may be signs of abuse, AUG:136
  • Ipecac follow-up, JAN:Supplement
  • Journal Review: A randomized clinical trial of analgesia in children with acute abdominal pain, JUL:126
  • Journal Review: Assessment of clinically significant changes in acute pain in children, MAY:97
  • Journal Review:
  • Initial oxygen saturation as a predictor of admission in children presenting to the emergency department with acute asthma, DEC:27
  • Journal Review: Provider adherence to a clinical practice guideline for acute asthma in a pediatric emergency department, FEB:55
  • Journal Review: Utilization of the Ottawa ankle rules by nurses in a pediatric emergency department, APR:82
  • Journal Review: Validation of the pulmonary score: An asthma severity score for children, JUN:111
  • Make your ED stand out — trend grows toward family-centered practices, FEB:45
  • Medical summary for children with special needs, JUN:Supplement
  • Pediatric emergency department patient care guidelines for Dermabond, JUL:121
  • Pediatric mock codes can improve care, MAY:90
  • Pediatric mock code checklist, MAY:92
  • Pediatric mock code/resuscitation care scenario, MAY:93
  • Policy for children with hypothermia, OCT:Supplement
  • Should you videotape mock codes? MAY:94
  • Take these 4 steps if you suspect abuse, AUG:138
  • Try these tips for pediatric seizures, APR:76
  • Use pediatric teams to transport children, OCT:161
  • Use these tips for giving medications to children, JAN:34

Pregnancy

  • Case study: Here are 5 key steps you must take, FEB:50
  • Don’t miss syphilis in pregnant women, FEB:53
  • Follow new guidelines for newborn resuscitation, FEB:48

Psychiatric patients

  • 7 ways to improve care of psychiatric patients, DEC:22
  • Here are ways to make restraint use safer, DEC:23

Reimbursement

  • Emergency department nursing intervention sheet, OCT:Supplement
  • Is your documentation lacking key information? OCT:164
  • Nursing notes: History, triage, short ED course, and disposition, OCT:Supplement
  • Proposed payment changes for procedures, OCT:Supplement
  • Use this checklist when you document, OCT:165

Restraint and seclusion

  • Here are ways to make restraint use safer, DEC:23

Resuscitation

  • Follow new guidelines for newborn resuscitation, FEB:48
  • Pediatric mock codes can improve care, MAY:90
  • Pediatric mock code checklist, MAY:92
  • Pediatric mock code/resuscitation care scenario, MAY:93
  • Should you videotape mock codes? MAY:94

Seizures

  • Case study: How would you manage this seizure? APR:77
  • Febrile seizure in children, JAN:Supplement
  • Ipecac follow-up, JAN: Supplement
  • Try these tips for pediatric seizures, APR:76

Sexual assault

  • Consent to administer emergency contraception, MAR:59
  • Do you offer rape victims emergency contraception? Liability is an issue, MAR:57
  • Journal Review:
  • Efficacy of a 2-year-old sexual assault nurse examiner program in a Canadian hospital, JUL:127
  • Pregnancy risk evaluation and emergency interception policy and procedure, MAR:60
  • What if your ED won’t offer EC? MAR:62

Smallpox (Also see Bioterrorism and Disaster planning)

  • APIC: Smallpox plan uses outdated infection control, JUN:Supplement
  • CDC moving quickly on smallpox front, JAN:Supplement
  • Distinguishing smallpox from chickenpox, JAN:32
  • ED nurses tapped for smallpox immunizations, NOV:11
  • Emergency department nurses may be first to notice a smallpox outbreak, JAN:29
  • Excerpt: Vaccinia (smallpox) vaccine, Recommendations of the advisory committee on immunization practices (ACIP), 2001, JAN:Supplement
  • Fact sheet on smallpox: JAN:31
  • Here’s the latest on the smallpox vaccine, DEC:20
  • Smallpox vaccination urged for at least 250,000, OCT:167

Staffing (Also see Morale and Nursing shortage)

  • Here are 6 predictions for nursing shortage, NOV:5
  • Nursing shortage will continue: Make sure your ED stays ahead of the game, NOV:1
  • What does the future hold for emergency nursing? NOV:6
  • Secrets for keeping your ED nurses happy, NOV:4

Stroke

  • Be prepared to change stroke and cardiac care, NOV:12
  • Warn patients to come to ED early for stroke, SEP:149

Technology

  • How knowledge-based-care’ will affect your practice, NOV:13
  • Technology to advance dramatically in the ED, NOV:10
  • You can cut delays with wireless registration, MAR:65

Transport

  • Avoid problems when you transport a patient, JUL:118
  • Bring these items to avert transport emergency, JUL:119
  • Check patient’s status before transporting, JUL:120
  • How to make transport of children safer, OCT:160
  • Use pediatric teams to transport children, OCT:161

Triage

  • Journal Review: Five-level triage system more effective than three-level in tertiary emergency department, DEC:26