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Posts Tagged ‘Patients/Specific Diseases’


          Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language.  For most people, these are areas on the left side (hemisphere) of the brain.  Aphasia usually occurs suddenly, often as the result of a stroke or head injury, but it may also develop slowly, as in the case of a brain tumor, an infection or dementia.  The disorder impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing. As nurses, we need to take a full assessment of the disease process in Read more…

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Stephanie Jewett, RN, MBA

          As you recall from yesterday’s post, this is an interview with Jill Schaben, RN, BSN, and intensive care nurse at Nebraska Medical Center.  I’ve tried to ask her some specific questions as it relates to her job and hopefully these answers will address some of your questions Read more…

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         This year my oldest son went to the Orange Bowl in Miami.  Oddly enough, he had tickets to the game before he knew that the Iowa Hawkeyes would be playing in this bowl – we had guessed Iowa would be in the Fiesta Bowl.  Since we are from Iowa and he is a huge Hawkeye fan, it was a perfect scenario!  Anyway, while he was there, he met an intensive care nurse from Omaha, Nebraska.  This will be the first part of a two-part posting on intensive Read more…

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           Choking is a blockage of the upper airway by food or other objects.  This blockage prevents a person from breathing effectively and complete blockage of the airway can lead to death.  When the airway is completely blocked, oxygen cannot enter the lungs.  The brain is extremely sensitive to this lack of oxygen and begins to die within four to six minutes.  It is during Read more…

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