Before the Sun Is In the Sky - Lin Manuel Miranda X Reader

Pairing: Lin Manuel Miranda x Reader

Summary: You’re a sleep deprived third-year resident at the hospital and you’ve been assigned to the ER where a disheveled Lin comes in after a kitchen mishap.

Warnings: Blood, needles, cursing. I think that’s it?

Word Count: 3,132 (Yiiiikes.)

A/N: So I haven’t written in a long while, so it’s hella rusty and I’m sorry for this trash. This is my first fic in a long ass time. It was initially gonna be a one shot, but then I started rambling and well, it’s dumb. ANYWAY. Have fun with this garbage. Let me know what y'all think and maybe I’ll write more. Who knows.

SIDE NOTE: Thanks to @ourforgottenboleros for editing and being the sweetest pal ever. GO READ HER STUFF ‘CAUSE BECCA INSPIRED ME TO WRITE AGAIN AND HONESTLY I’M FLUSTERED BC OF HER WORK, SO YEAH.

You were four hours past the end of your shift at Columbia University Hospital and you’d been sleep deprived for a little over two days. It wasn’t like you had a right to kick yourself in the ass for being so exhausted because you intentionally signed up for this. Four years at Tufts, another four at Cornell, you weren’t about to throw it all away just because you were tired. It was part of the job. As a third-year resident, you should be used to it by now – and sure, you were, but you were human and sleep was still precious.

It was almost 4 in the morning and you were making your last round in the pit before calling it a night. The ER was oddly silent in a city that never sleeps, but still, you were beyond grateful for the silent reprieve, no matter how momentary.

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Another in the same series of illustrations showing several treatment options for coronary artery blockage. I think I did six total, but I’ll have to look for the others. This one shows a graft option, in which a vein segment is harvested from another area of the body and used to create bypass around the blockage of plaque. The red of the artery in this illustration, as well as the blue of the vein, are exaggerated. This is standard medical illustration coding, so the type of vessel is clear to the viewer.

somehowunbroken  asked:

I'm writing a story in which a background character has a heart attack followed by surgery for it. I need a reason for him to stay out of communication for at least a few days after that. Would there be any sort of complication that would require him to be sedated? If so, how serious would it be long-term/would it be like coming out of a coma when he regained consciousness wrt emotional/physical/mental conditions? (FWIW, this character doesn't /have/ to survive if that would be too unrealistic.)

Hey there! So you need a critical illness as a side effect of a heart attack, huh? Well, let’s get this party started!

I’m going to give you a path that this character could go down, but not the one true only path this could happen. So keep in mind that things like pulmonary emboli, surgical site infections, internal bleeding, and  much more can keep your character in the hospital for months after surgery.

First, a great reason to be out of touch would be if he had to be intubated for any reason. Putting a breathing tube down someone’s throat is a pretty good way to render them ineffective, especially because often times these patients are sedated, at least at first.

Now then. Your character has a heart attack. Boom. First step is (usually) calling 911.

Paramedics will arrive, perform an EKG, and diagnose something called a STEMI (ST-Elevated Myocardial Infarction; the kind of heart attack you can see with an EKG. Others require bloodwork to be sure; this is someone whose MI is BLATANT.)

He might be cool to the touch, pale, sweaty, and have his fist clenched over his chest – this is an actual thing patients do. He may be convinced he’s going to die.

He’s right, but only temporarily.

Okay. So he’s having his STEMI. A particular kind of STEMI, an inferior wall MI, will produced EKG changes. (If you want some medspeak, have the medics give a notification: “I have 4-mm tombstone elevations in II, III and AvF” sounds smart, adding “… with a 2-mm elevation in V4R” sounds SUPER smart and will win you points with medical readers, trust me on this.)

He’ll be given aspirin, but not a medication called nitroglycerine, because Reasons™ . Medics may also give him an IV and some fluid, maybe 500mL.

Next he will arrive at the hospital. He may stop in the ER for a quick look by the ER doc and a few hundred mg of Plavix (clopidogrel). After that he’ll be brought very quickly to what’s called the cath lab, or cardiac catheterization lab. This is where your character will undergo catheterization. Namely, they’ll thread a catheter in through his groin up to his heart and try to clear the blockage by placing stents in his heart.

But before they can do that, they’ll take a look at his arteries by injecting contrast dye to see what’s blocked and what isn’t.

This is where your character goes from cath lab patient to surgical patient. If he has 3 or more vessels that are occluded by plaque – triple vessel disease – he’ll be going for a CABG instead (a coronary artery bypass graft, AKA a “bypass” or CABG, pronounced “cabbage”). In fact, he’s getting 3 of them.

Now, mind you, his blood pressure may continue to deteriorate all this while, because both sides of his heart are involved in the heart attack. He will be a very sick man by the time we’re done with him.

So next he’s brought to the OR, likely with some kind of pressor (dopamine, norepinephrine) hanging now to keep his blood pressure up. He’ll be anesthetized and intubated (breathing tube placed) in the OR.

And as they try to perform the coronary bypass, with his chest open on the table, he’s going to have a cardiac arrest.

Cardiac massage (aka “squeezing the heart to make it pump, literally, just grab it and squeeze”) will be done. If it’s a shockable rhythm, yes, they’ll apply paddles directly to the heart and shock it.

Anyway, let’s say they get the triple bypass done. Let’s say he lives. Let’s say he doesn’t even have massive damage to his heart.

He may still have trouble weaning off the ventilator. He may have developed some edema (fluid) in his lungs, and he may simply not be able to come off the vent right away. It may take a few days to get his pressures under control, to get him perfusing everything well again.

Meanwhile, he’ll be sedated, in a lot of pain, and unable to get up (because he’s had his chest opened up).

In the long term, he may be a relatively healthy man. Years down the road he may be able to exercise well, play poker with his friends, or volunteer at the shelter. But in the first few weeks after his surgery he’s going to have limited exercise tolerance and a lot of medication. He’s going to have some diet changes, some exercise changes, and he’s going to follow up with his cardiologist on a regular basis.

But he can live, and live well, and actually live long, after this event.

I hope this fulfills your requirements, and that others have learned from it too!

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


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alphabet soup: disease edition

Here are a few commonly used medical abbreviations:

AAA - abdominal aortic aneurysm
ACS - acute coronary syndrome
ADHD - attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
AIDS - acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AKI - acute kidney injury
ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s disease
ARDS - acute respiratory distress syndrome
ASD - atrial septal defect
AVM - arteriovenous malformation
BPH - benign prostatic hyperplasia, now known as LUTS
BV - bacterial vaginosis
CAD (s/p PCI/CABG) - coronary artery disease (status post percutaneous coronary intervention/coronary artery bypass grafting)
CHF - congestive heart failure
CKDI-IV - chronic kidney disease (stage I-IV)
COPD (on HOT) - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (on home oxygen therapy)
CVA - cerebrovascular accident aka stroke
DDD - degenerative disc disease
DJD - degenerative joint disease
DLD - dyslipidemia aka HLD
DMD - Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
DMI aka IDDM - Diabetes mellitus Type I aka Insulin-Dependent Diabetes mellitus, previously known as Juvenile-onset Diabetes
DMII aka NIDDM - Diabetes mellitus Type II aka Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes mellitus, previously known as Adult-onset Diabetes
DT - delirium tremens
DVT - deep vein thrombosis
ED - erectile dysfunction
ESRD on HD - end stage renal disease on hemodialysis
GAD - general anxiety disorder
GERD - gastroesophageal reflux disease
GIB - gastrointestinal bleed
GVHD - graft vs host disease
HIV - human immunodeficiency virus
HLD - hyperlipidemia aka DLD
HPV - human papillovirus
HTN - hypertension
HUS - hemolytic uremic syndrome
IBD - irritable bowel disease
IBS - irritable bowel syndrome
ICH - intracranial hemorrhage
IDDM - see DMI
ITP - idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
LEMS - Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome
LGIB - lower gastrointestinal bleed
LUTS - lower urinary tract symptoms
MAC - Mycobacterium avium complex
MDD - major depressive disorder
MM - multiple myeloma
MS - multiple sclerosis
NPH - normal pressure hydrocephalus
NSTEMI - non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction
OA - osteoarthritis
OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder
OHS - obesity hypoventilation syndrome aka Pickwickian Syndrome
OSA (on BiPAP/CPAP) - obstructive sleep apnea (on bilevel positive airway pressure/continuous positive airway pressure machine)
pAF (on AC) - paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (on anticoagulation)
PBC - primary biliary cirrhosis
PE - pulmonary embolism
RA - Rheumatoid arthritis
SARS - severe acute respiratory syndrome
SLE - systemic lupus erythematosis
STEMI - ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction aka ischemic heart attack
STD - sexually transmitted disease
TB - Tuberculosis
TBI - traumatic brain injury
TIA - transient ischemic attack aka stroke symptoms that last <24 hours
TMJ - temporomandibular joint disorder
TTP - thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
UC - ulcerative colitis
UGIB - upper gastrointestinal bleed
URI - upper respiratory tract infection
UTI - urinary tract infection
VSD - ventricular septal defect
Why Single-Payer Health Care Saves Money
The system would probably mean higher taxes, but overall costs for most people would be much lower.
By Robert H. Frank

Total costs are lower under single-payer systems for several reasons. One is that administrative costs average only about 2 percent of total expenses under a single-payer program like Medicare, less than one-sixth the corresponding percentage for many private insurers. Single-payer systems also spend virtually nothing on competitive advertising, which can account for more than 15 percent of total expenses for private insurers.

The most important source of cost savings under single-payer is that large government entities are able to negotiate much more favorable terms with service providers. In 2012, for example, the average cost of coronary bypass surgery was more than $73,000 in the United States but less than $23,000 in France.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any suggestions to passing the exit RN Hesi?

First, be assured the HESI is a lot harder than the NCLEX!!!!  There are numerous free tests online to practice (google HESI exit).  Quizlet has multiple flashcards available for the HESI.  You can also access study guides on  Also access the HESI website.

HESI Hints & NCLEX Gems

• Answering NCLEX Questions
o Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
• Physiologic
• Safety
• Love and Belonging
• Esteem
• Self-actualization
o Nursing Process
• Assessment
• Diagnosis (Analysis)
• Planning
• Implementation (treatment)
• Evaluation
o ABCs
• Airway
• Breathing
• Circulation

• Normal Values
o Hgb
• Males 14-18
• Females 12-16
o Hct
• Males 42-52
• Females 37-47
o RBCs
• Males 4.7-6.1 million
• Females 4.2-5.4 million
o WBCs
• 4.5-11k
o Platelets
• 150-400k
o PT (Coumadin/Warfarin)
• 11-12.5 sec (INR and PT TR = 1.5-2 times normal)
o APTT (Heparin)
• 60-70 sec (APTT and PTT TR = 1.5-2.5 times normal)
o BUN 10-20
o Creatinine 0.5-1.2
o Glucose 70-110
o Cholesterol < 200
o Bilirubin Newborn 1-12
o Phenylalanine Newborn < 2, Adult < 6
o Na+ 136-145
o K+ 3.5-5
• HypoK+ … Prominent U waves, Depressed ST segment, Flat T waves
• HyperK+ … Tall T-Waves, Prolonged PR interval, wide QRS
o Ca++ 9-10.5
• Hypocalcemia … muscle spasms, convulsions, cramps/tetany, + Trousseau’s, + Chvostek’s, prolonged ST interval, prolonged QT segment
o Mg+ 1.5-2.5
o Cl- 96-106
o Phos 3-4.5
o Albumin 3.5-5
o Spec Gravity 1.005-1.030
o Glycosylated Hemoglobin (Hgb A1c): 4-6% ideal, < 7.5% = OK (120 days)
o Dilantin TR = 10-20
o Lithium TR = 0.5-1.5
o Arterial Blood Gases … Used for Acidosis vs. Alkalosis
• PH 7.35-7.45
• CO2 35-45 (Respiratory driver) … High = Acidosis
• HCO3 21-28 (Metabolic driver) … High = Alkalosis
• O2 80-100
• O2 Sat 95-100%

• Antidotes
o Digoxin … Digiband
o Coumadin … Vitamin K (Keep PT and INR @ 1-1.5 X normal)
o Benzodiazapines … Flumzaemil (Tomazicon)
o Magnesium Sulfate … Calcium Gluconate?
o Heparin … Protamine Sulfate (Keep APTT and PTT @ 1.5-2.5 X normal)
o Tylenol … Mucomist (17 doses + loading dose)
o Opiates (narcotic analgesics, heroin, morphine) … Narcan (Naloxone)
o Cholinergic Meds (Myesthenic Bradycardia) … Atropine
o Methotrexate … Leucovorin

• Delegation
o RN Only
• Blood Products (2 RNs must check)
• Clotting Factors
• Sterile dressing changes and procedures
• Assessments that require clinical judgment
• Ultimately responsible for all delegated duties
o Unlicensed Assistive Personnel
• Non-sterile procedures

• Precautions & Room Assignments
o Universal (Standard) Precautions … HIV initiated
• Wash hands
• Wear Gloves
• Gowns for splashes
• Masks and Eye Protection for splashes and droplets
• Don’t recap needles
• Mouthpiece or Ambu-bag for resuscitation
• Refrain from giving care if you have skin lesion
o Droplet (Respiratory) Precautions (Wear Mask)
• Sepsis, Scarlet Fever, Strep, Fifth Disease (Parvo B19), Pertussis, Pneumonia, Influenza, Diptheria, Epiglottitis, Rubella, Rubeola, Meningitis, Mycoplasma, Adenovirus, Rhinovirus
• RSV (needs contact precautions too)
• TB … Respiratory Isolation
o Contact Precautions = Universal + Goggles, Mask and Gown
o No infection patients with immunosuppressed patients

• Weird Miscellaneous Stuff
o Rifampin (for TB) … Rust/orange/red urine and body fluids
o Pyridium (for bladder infection) … Orange/red/pink urine
o Glasgow Coma Scale … < 8 = coma
o Myesthenia Gravis
• Myesthenic Crisis = Weakness with change in vitals (give more meds)
• Cholinergic Crisis = Weakness with no change in vitals (reduce meds)
o Diabetic Coma vs. Insulin Shock … Give glucose first – If no help, give insulin
o Fruity Breath = Diabetic Ketoacidosis
o Acid-Base Balance
• If it comes out of your ass, it’s Acidosis.
• Vomiting = Alkalosis
o Skin Tastes Salty = Cystic Fibrosis
o Lipitor (statins) in PMs only – No grapefruit juice
o Stroke … Tongue points toward side of lesion (paralysis), Uvula deviates away from the side of lesion (paralysis)
o Hold Digoxin if HR < 60
o Stay in bed for 3 hours after first ACE Inhibitor dose
o Avoid Grapefruit juice with Ca++ Channel Blockers
o Anthrax = Multi-vector biohazard
o Pulmonary air embolism prevention = Trendelenburg (HOB down) + on left side (to trap air in right side of heart)
o Head Trauma and Seizures … Maintain airway = primary concern
o Peptic Ulcers … Feed a Duodenal Ulcer (pain relieved by food) … Starve a gastric ulcer
o Acute Pancreatitis … Fetal position, Bluish discoloration of flanks (Turner’s Sign), Bluish discoloration of pericumbelical region (Cullen’s Sign), Board like abdomen with guarding … Self digestion of pancreas by trypsin.
o Hold tube feeding if residual > 100mL
o In case of Fire … RACE and PASS
o Check Restraints every 30 minutes … 2 fingers room underneath
o Gullain-Barre Syndrome … Weakness progresses from legs upward – Resp arrest
o Trough draw = ~30 min before scheduled administration … Peak Draw = 30-60 min after drug administration.

• Mental Health & Psychiatry
o Most suicides occur after beginning of improvement with increase in energy levels
o MAOIs … Hypertensive Crisis with Tyramine foods
• Nardil, Marplan, Parnate
• Need 2 wk gap from SSRIs and TCAs to admin MAOIs
o Lithium Therapeutic Range = 0.5-1.5
o Phenothiazines (typical antipsychotics) – EPS, Photosensitivity
o Atypical Antipsychotics – work on positive and negative symptoms, less EPS
o Benzos (Ativan, Lorazepam, etc) good for Alcohol withdrawal and Status Epilepticus
o Antabuse for Alcohol deterrence – Makes you sick with OH intake
o Alcohol Withdrawal = Delerium Tremens – Tachycardia, tachypnea, anxiety, nausea, shakes, hallucinations, paranoia … (DTs start 12-36 hrs after last drink)
o Opiate (Heroin, Morphine, etc.) Withdrawal = Watery eyes, runny nose, dilated pupils, NVD, cramps
o Stimulants Withdrawal = Depression, fatigue, anxiety, disturbed sleep

• Medical-Surgical
o Hypoventilation = Acidosis (too much CO2)
o Hyperventilation = Alkalosis (low CO2)
o No BP or IV on side of Mastectomy
o Opiate OD = Pinpoint Pupils
o Lesions of Midbrain = Decerebrate Posturing (Extended elbows, head arched back)
o Lesions of Cortex = Decorticate Posturing (Flexion of elbows, wrists, fingers, straight legs, mummy position)
o Urine Output of 30 mL/hr = minimal competency of heart and kidney function
o Kidney Stone = Cholelithiasis
• Flank pain = stone in kidney or upper ureter
• Abdominal/scrotal pain = stone in mid/lower ureter or bladder
o Renal Failure … Restrict protein intake
• Fluid and electrolyte problems … Watch for HyperK+ (dizzy, wk, nausea, cramps, arhythmias)
• Pre-renal Problem = Interference with renal perfusion
• Intra-renal Problem= Damage to renal parenchyma
• Post-renal Problem = Obstruction in UT anywhere from tubules to urethral meatus.
• Usually 3 phases (Oligouric, Diuretic, Recovery)
• Monitor Body Wt and I&Os
o Steroid Effects = Moon face, hyperglycemia, acne, hirsutism, buffalo hump, mood swings, weight gain – Spindle shape, osteoporosis, adrenal suppression (delayed growth in kids) … (Cushing’s Syndrome symptoms)
o Addison’s’ Crisis = medical emergency (vascular collapse, hypoglycemia, tachycardia … Admin IV glucose + corticosteroids) … No PO corticosteroids on empty stomach
o Potassium sparing diuretic = Aldactone (Spironolactone) … Watch for hyperK+ with this and ACE Inhibitors.
o Cardiac Enzymes … Troponin (1 hr), CKMB (2-4 hr), Myoglobin (1-4 hr), LDH1 (12-24 hr)
o MI Tx … Nitro – Yes … NO Digoxin, Betablockers, Atropine
o Fibrinolytics = Streptokinase, Tenecteplase (TNKase)
o CABG = Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
o PTCA = Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
o Sex after MI okay when able to climb 2 slights of stairs without exertion (Take nitro prophylactically before sex)
o BPH Tx = TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) … some blood for 4 days, and burning for 7 days post-TURP.
o Only isotonic sterile saline for Bladder Irrigation
o Post Thyroidectomy – Keep tracheostomy set by the bed with O2, suction and Calcium gluconate
o Pericarditis … Pericardial Friction Rub, Pain relieved by leaning forward
o Post Strep URI Diseases and Conditions:
• Acute Glomerulonephritis
• Rheumatic Fever … Valve Disease
• Scarlet Fever
o If a chest-tube becomes disconnected, do not clamp … Put end in sterile water
o Chest Tube drainage system should show bubbling and water level fluctuations (tidaling with breathing)
o TB … Treatment with multidrug regimen for 9 months … Rifampin reduces effectiveness of OCs and turns pee orange … Isoniazide (INH) increases Dilantin blood levels
o Use bronchodilators before steroids for asthma … Exhale completely, Inhale deeply, Hold breath for 10 seconds
o Ventilators … Make sure alarms are on … Check every 4 hours minimum
o Suctioning … Pre and Post oxygenate with 100% O2 … No more than 3 passes … No longer than 15 seconds … Suction on withdrawal with rotation
• Emphysema = Pink Puffer
• Chronic Bronchitis = Blue Bloater (Cyanosis, Rt sided heart failure = bloating/edema)
o O2 Administration
• Never more than 6L/min by cannula
• Must humidify with more than 4L/hr
• No more than 2L/min with COPD … (CO2 Narcosis)
• In ascending order of delivery potency: Nasal Cannula, Simple Face Mask, Nonrebreather Mask, Partial Rebreather Mask, Venturi Mask
• Restlessness and Irritability = Early signs of cerebral hypoxia
IVs and Blood Product Administration
o 18-19 gauge needle for blood with filter in tubing
o Run blood with NS only and within 30 minutes of hanging
o Vitals and Breath Sounds … before, during and after infusion (15 min after start, then 30 min later, then hourly up to 1 hr after)
o Check Blood: Exp Date, clots, color, air bubbles, leaks
o 2 RNs must check order, pt, blood product … Ask Pt about previous transfusion Hx
o Stay with Pt for first 15 minutes … If transfusion rxn … Stop and KVO with NS
o Pre-medicate with Benadryl prn for previous urticaria rxns
o Isotonic Solutions
• D5W
• NS (0.9% NaCl)
• Ringers Lactate
• NS only with blood products and Dilantin
Diabetes and Insulin
o When in doubt – Treat for Hypoglycemia first
o First IV for DKA = NS, then infuse regular insulin IV as Rx’d
o Hypoglycemia … confusion, HA, irritable, nausea, sweating, tremors, hunger, slurring
o Hyperglycemia … weakness, syncope, polydipsia, polyuria, blurred vision, fruity breath
o Insulin may be kept at room T for 28 days
o Draw Regular (Clear) insulin into syringe first when mixing insulins
o Rotate Injection Sites (Rotate in 1 region, then move to new region)
o Rapid Acting Insulins … Lispro (Humalog) and Aspart (Novolog) … O: 5-15 min, P: .75-1.5 hrs
o Short Acting Insulin … Regular (human) … O: 30-60 min, P: 2-3 hrs (IV Okay)
o Intermediate Acting Insulin … Isophane Insulin (NPH) … O: 1-2 hrs, P: 6-12 hrs
o Long Acting Insulin … Insulin Glargine (Lantus) … O: 1.1 hr, P: 14-20 hrs (Don’t Mix)
o Oral Hypoglycemics decrease glucose levels by stimulating insulin production by beta cells of pancreas, increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing hepatic glucose production
• Glyburide, Metformin (Glucophage), Avandia, Actos
• Acarbose blunts sugar levels after meals
o Leukemia … Anemia (reduced RBC production), Immunosuppression (neutropenia and immature WBCs), Hemorrhage and bleeding tendencies (thrombocytopenia)
• Acute Lymphocytic = most common type, kids, best prognosis
o Testicular Cancer … Painless lump or swelling testicle … STE in shower > 14 yrs … 15-35 = Age
o Prostate Cancer … > 40 = Age
• PSA elevation
• Mets to spine, hips, legs
• Elevated PAP (prostate acid phosphatase)
• TRUS = Transurethral US
• Post Op … Monitor of hemorrhage and cardiovascular complication
o Cervical and Uterine Cancer
• Laser, cryotherapy, radiation, conization, hysterectomy, exenteration … Chemotherapy = No help
• PAP smears should start within 3 years of intercourse or by age 21
o Ovarian Cancer = leading cause of death from gynecological cancer
o Breast Cancer = Leading cause of cancer in women
• Upper outer quadrant, left > right
• Monthly SBE
• Mammography … Baseline @ 35, Annually after age 50
• Mets to lymph nodes, then lungs, liver, brain, spine
• Mastectomy … Radical Mastectomy = Lymph nodes too (but no mm resected)
• Avoid BP measurements, injections and venipuncture on surgical side
o Anti-emetics given with Chemotherapy Agents (Cytoxan, Methotrexate, Interferon, etc.)
• Phenergan (Promethazine HCl)
• Compazine (Prochlorperazine)
• Reglan (Metocolpramide)
• Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
• Zofran (Ondansetron HCl)
• Kytril (Granisetron)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
o Syphilis (Treponema pallidum) … Chancre + red painless lesion (Primary Stage, 90 days) … Secondary Stage (up to 6 mo) = Rash on palms and soles + Flu-like symptoms … Tertiary Stage = Neurologic and Cardiac destruction (10-30 yrs) … Treated with Penicillin G IM.
o Gonorrhea (Neisseria Gonorrhea) … Yellow green urethral discharge (The Clap)
o Chlamydia (Chlamydia Trachomatis) … Mild vaginal discharge or urethritis … Doxycyclin, Tetracycline
o Trichomoniasis (Trichomonas Vaginalis) … Frothy foul-smelling vaginal discharge … Flagyl
o Candidiasis (Candida Albicans) … Yellow, cheesy discharge with itching … Miconazole, Nystatin, Clomitrazole (Gyne-Lotrimin)
o Herpes Simplex 2 … Acyclovir
o HPV (Human Pappilovirus) … Acid, Laser, Cryotherapy
o HIV … Cocktails

• Perioperative Care
o Breathing Es taught in advance (before or early in pre-op)
o Remove nail polish (need to see cap refill)
o Pre Op … Meds as ordered, NPO X 8 hrs, Incentive Spirometry & Breathing Es taught in advance, Void, No NSAIDS X 48 hrs
o Increased corticosteroids for surgery (stress) … May need to increase insulin too
o Post Op restlessness may = hemorrhage, hypoxia
o Wound dehiscence or extravisation … Wet sterile NS dressing + Call Dr.
o Call Dr. post op if … < 30 mL/hr urine, Sys BP < 90, T > 100 or < 96
o Post Op Monitoring VS and BS … Every 15 minutes the first hour, Every 30 min next 2 hours, Every hour the next 4 hours, then Every 4 hours prn
o 1-4 hrs Post Op = Immediate Stage … 2-24 hrs Post Op = Intermediate Stage … 1-4 days Post Op = Extended Stage
o Post Op Positioning
• THR … No Adduction past midline, No hip flexion past 90 degrees
• Supratentorial Sx … HOB 30-45 degrees (Semi-Fowler)
• Infrantentorial Sx … Flat
• Phlebitis … Supine, elevate involved leg
• Harris Tube … Rt/back/Lt – to advance tube in GI
• Miller Abbott Tube … Right side for GI advancement into small intestine
• Thoracocentesis … Unaffected side, HOB 30-45 degrees
• Enema … Left Sims (flow into sigmoid)
• Liver Biopsy … Right side with pillow/towel against puncture site
• Cataract Sx … Opp side – Semi-Fowler
• Cardiac Catheterization … Flat (HOB no more than 30 degrees), Leg straight 4-6 hrs, bed rest 6-12 hrs
• Burn Autograph … Elevated and Immob 3-7 days
• Amputation … Supine, elevate stump for 48 hrs
• Large Brain Tumor Resection … On non-operative side
o Incentive Spirometry … Inhale slowly and completely to keep flow at 600-900, Hold breath 5 seconds, 10 times per hr
o Post Op Breathing Exercises … Every 2 hours
• Sit up straight
• Breath in deeply thru nose and out slowly thru pursed lips
• Hold last breath 3 seconds
• Then cough 3 times (unless abd wound – reinforce/splint if cough)
o Watch for Stridor after any neck/throat Sx … Keep Trach kit at bed side
o Staples and sutures removed in 7-14 days – Keep dry until then
o No lifting over 10 lbs for 6 weeks (in general)
o If chest tube comes disconnected, put free end in container of sterile water
o Removing Chest Tube … Valsalvas, or Deep breath and hold
o If chest tube drain stops fluctuating, the lung has re-inflated (or there is a problem)
o Keep scissors by bed if pt has S. Blakemore Tube (for esoph varices)… Sudden respiratory distress – Cut inflation tubes and remove
o Tracheostomy patients … Keep Kelly clamp and Obturator (used to insert into trachea then removed leaving cannula) at bed side
o Turn off NG suction for 30 min after PO meds
o NG Tube Removal … Take a deep breath and hold it
o Stomach contents pH = < 4 (gastric juices aspirated)
o NG Tube Insertion … If cough and gag, back off a little, let calm, advance again with pt sipping water from straw
o NG Tube Length … End of nose, to era lobe, to xyphoid (~22-26 inches)
o Decubitus (pressure) Ulcer Staging
• Stage 1 = Erythema only
• Stage 2 = Partial thickness
• Stage 3 = Full thickness to SQ
• Stage 4 = Full thickness + involving mm /bone

• Acute Care
o CVA … Hemorrhagic or Embolic
• A-fib and A-flutter = thrombus formation
• Dysarthria (verbal enunciation/articulation), Apraxia (perform purposeful movements), Dysphasia (speech and verbal comprehension), Aphasia (speaking), Agraphia (writing), Alexia (reading), Dysphagia (swallowing)
• Left Hemisphere Lesion … aphasia, agraphia, slow, cautious, anxious, memory okay
• Right Hemisphere Lesion … can’t recognize faces, loss of depth perception, impulsive behavior, confabulates, poor judgment, constantly smiles, denies illness, loss of tonal hearing
o Head Injuries …
• Even subtle changes in mood, behavior, restlessness, irritability, confusion may indicate increased ICP
• Change in level of responsiveness = Most important indicator of increased ICP
• Watch for CSF leaks from nose or ears – Leakage can lead to meningitis and mask intracranial injury since usual increased ICP symps may be absent.
o Spinal Cord Injuries
• Respiratory status paramount … C3-C5 innervates diaphragm
• 1 wk to know ultimate prognosis
• Spinal Shock = Complete loss of all reflex, motor, sensory and autonomic activity below the lesion = Medical emergency
• Permanent paralysis if spinal cord in compressed for 12-24 hrs
• Hypotension and Bradycardia with any injury above T6
• Bladder Infection = Common cause of death (try to keep urine acidic)
o Burns
• Infection = Primary concern
• HyperK+ due to cell damage and release of intracellular K+
• Give meds before dressing changes – Painful
• Massive volumes of IV fluid given, due to fluid shift to interstitial spaces and resultant shock
• First Degree = Epidermis (superficial partial thickness)
• Second Degree = Epidermis and Dermis (deep partial thickness)
• Third Degree = Epidermis, Dermis, and SQ (full thickness)
• Rule of 9s … Head and neck = 9%, UE = 9% each, LE = 18% each, Front trunk = 18%, Back Trunk = 18%
• Singed nasal hair and circumoral soot/burns = Smoke inhalation burns
o Fractures
• Report abnormal assessment findings promptly … Compartment Syndrome may occur = Permanent damage to nerves and vessels
• 5 P’s of neurovascular status (important with fractures)
• Pain, Pallor, Pulse, Paresthesia, Paralysis
• Provide age-appropriate toys for kids in traction

• Special Tests and Pathognomonic Signs
o Tensilon Test … Myesthenia Gravis (+ in Myesthenic crisis, - in Cholinergic crisis)
o ELISA and Western Blot … HIV
o Sweat Test … Cystic Fibrosis
o Cheilosis = Sores on sides of mouth … Riboflavin deficiency (B2)
o Trousseau’s Sign (Carpal spasm induced by BP cuff) … Hypocalcemia (hypoparathyroidism)
o Chvostek’s Sign (Facial spasm after facial nerve tap) … Hypocalcemia (hypoparathyroidism)
o Bloody Diarrhea = Ulcerative Colitis
o Olive-Shaped Mass (epigastric) and Projectile Vomiting = Pyloric Stenosis
o Current Jelly Stool (blood and mucus) and Sausage-Shaped Mass in RUQ = Intussiception
o Mantoux Test for TB is + if 10 mm induration 48 hrs post admin (previous BCG vaccine recipients will test +)
o Butterfly Rash = SLE … Avoid direct sunlight
o 5 Ps of NV functioning … Pain, paresthesia, pulse, pallor, paralysis
o Cullen’s Sign (periumbelical discoloration) and Turner’s Sign (blue flank) = Acute Pancreatitis
o Murphy’s Sign (Rt. costal margin pain on palp with inspiration) = GB or Liver disease
o HA more severe on wakening = Brain Tumor (remove benign and malignant)
o Vomiting not associated with nausea = Brain Tumor
o Elevated ICP = Increased BP, widened pulse pressure, increased Temp
o Pill-Rolling Tremor = Parkinson’s (Tx with Levodopa, Cardidopa) – Fall precautions, rigid, stooped, shuffling
o IG Bands on Electrophoresis = MS … Weakness starts in upper extremities – bowel/bladder affected in 90% … Demyelination - Tx with ACTH, corticosteroids, Cytoxan and other immunosuppressants
o Reed-Sternberg Cells = Hodgkin’s
o Koplik Spots = Rubeola (Measles)
o Erythema Marginatum = Rash of Rheumatic Fever
o Gower’s Sign = Muscular Dystrophy … Like Minor’s sign (walks up legs with hands)

• Pediatrics
o Bench Marks
• Birth wt doubles at 6 months and triples at 12 months
• Birth length increases by 50% at 12 months
• Post fontanel closes by 8 wks
• Ant fontanel closes by 12-18 months
• Moro reflex disappears at 4 months
• Steady head control achieved at 4 months
• Turns over at 5-6 months
• Hand to hand transfers at 7 months
• Sits unsupported at 8 months
• Crawls at 10 months
• Walks at 10-12 months
• Cooing at 2 months
• Monosyllabic Babbling at 3-6 months, Links syllables 6-9 mo
• Mama, Dada + a few words at 9-12 months
• Throws a ball overhand at 18 months
• Daytime toilet training at 18 mo - 2 years
• 2-3 word sentences at 2 years
• 50% of adult Ht at 2 years
• Birth Length doubles at 4 years
• Uses scissors at 4 years
• Ties shoes at 5 years
• Girls’ growth spurt as early at 10 years … Boys catch up ~ Age 14
• Girls finish growing at ~15 … Boys ~ 17
o Autosomal Recessive Diseases
• CF, PKU, Sickle Cell Anemia, Tay-Sachs, Albinism,
• 25% chance if: AS (trait only) X AS (trait only)
• 50% chance if: AS (trait only) X SS (disease)
o Autosomal Dominant Diseases
• Huntington’s, Marfans, Polydactyl, Achondroplasia, Polycystic Kidney Disease
• 50% if one parent has the disease/trait (trait = disease in autosomal dominant)
o X-Linked Recessive Diseases
• Muscular Dystrophy, Hemophilia A
• Females are carriers (never have the disease)
• Males have the disease (but can’t pass it on)
• 50% chance daughters will be carriers (can’t have disease)
• 50% chance sons will have the disease (not a carrier = can’t pass it on)
• This translates to an overall 25% chance that each pregnancy will result in a child that has the disease
o Scoliosis … Milwaukee Brace – 23 hrs/day, Log rolling after Sx
o Down Syndrome = Trisomy 21 … Simian creases on palms, hypotonia, protruding tongue, upward outward slant of eyes
o Cerebral Palsy … Scissoring = legs extended, crossed, feet plantar-flexed
o PKU … leads to MR … Guthrie Test …Aspartame (NutraSweet) has phenylalanine in it and should not be given to PKU patient
o Hypothyroidism … Leads to MR
o Prevent Neural tube disorders with Folic Acid during PG
o Myelomeningocele … Cover with moist sterile water dressing and keep pressure off
o Hydrocephalus … Signs of increased ICP are opposite of shock …
• Shock = Increased pulse and decreased BP
• IICP = Decreased pulse and increased BP … (+ Altered LOC = Most sensitive sign)
• Infants … IICP = Bulging fontanels, high pitched cry, increased hd circum, sunset eyes, wide suture lines, lethargy … Treat with peritoneal shunt – don’t pump shunt. Older kids IIPC = Widened pulse pressure
• IICP caused by suctioning, coughing, straining, and turning – Try to avoid
o Muscular Dystrophy … X-linked Recessive, waddling gait, hyper lordosis, Gower’s Sign = difficulty rising walks up legs (like Minor’s sign), fat pseudohypertrophy of calves.
o Seizures … Nothing in mouth, turn hd to side, maintain airway, don’t restrain, keep safe … Treat with Phenobarbitol (Luminol), Phenytoin (Dilantin: TR = 10-20 … Gingival Hyperplasia), Fosphenytoin (Cerebyx), Valproic Acid (Depakene), Carbamazepine (Tegritol)
o Meningitis (Bacterial) … Lumbar puncture shows Increased WBC, protein, IICP and decreased glucose
• May lead to SIADH (Too much ADH) … Water retention, fluid overload, dilutional hyponatremia
o CF Kids taste salty and need enzymes sprinkled on their food
o Children with Rubella = threat to unborn siblings (may require temporary isolation from Mom during PG)
o Pain in young children measured with Faces pain scale
o No MMR Immunization for kids with Hx of allergic rxn to eggs or neomycin
o Immunization Side Effects … T < 102, redness and soreness at injection site for 3 days … give Tylenol and bike pedal legs (passively) for child.
o Call Physician if seizures, high fever, or high-pitched cry after immunization
o All cases of poisoning … Call Poison Control Center … No Ipecac!
o Epiglottitis = H. influenza B … Child sits upright with chin out and tongue protruding (maybe Tripod position) … Prepare for intubation or trach … DO NOT put anything into kid’s mouth
o Isolate RSV patient with Contact Precautions … Private room is best … Use Mist Tent to provide O2 and Ribavirin – Flood tent with O2 first and wipe down inside of tent periodically so you can see patient
o Acute Glomerulonephritis … After B strep – Antigen-Antibody complexes clog up glomeruli and reduce GFR = Dark urine, proteinuria
o Wilm’s Tumor = Large kidney tumor … Don’t palpate
o TEF = Tracheoesophageal Atresia … 3 C’s of TEF = Coughing, Choking, Cyanosis
o Cleft Lip and Palate … Post-Op – Place on side, maintain Logan Bow, elbow restraints
o Congenital Megacolon = Hirschsprung’s Disease … Lack of peristalsis due to absence of ganglionic cells in colon … Suspect if no meconium w/in 24 hrs or ribbon-like foul smelling stools
o Iron Deficiency Anemia … Give Iron on empty stomach with citrus juice (vitamin C enhances absorption), Use straw or dropper to avoid staining teeth, Tarry stools, limit milk intake < 32 oz/day
o Sickle Cell Disease …Hydration most important …SC Crisis = fever, abd pain, painful edematous hands and feet (hand-foot syndrome), arthralgia …Tx + rest, hydration … Avoid high altitude and strenuous activities
o Tonsillitis … usually Strep … Get PT and PTT Pre-Op (ask about Hx of bleeding) … Suspect Bleeding Post-Op if frequent swallowing, vomiting blood, or clearing throat … No red liquids, no straws, ice collar, soft foods … Highest risk of hemorrhage = first 24 hrs and 5-10 days post-op (with sloughing of scabs)
o Primary meds for ER for respiratory distress = Sus-phrine (Epinephrine HCl) and Theophylline (Theo-dur) … Bronchodilators
o Must know normal respiratory rates for kids … Respiratory disorders = Primary reason for most medical/ER visits for kids …
• Newborn … 30-60
• 1-11 mo … 25-35
• 1-3 years … 20-30
• 3-5 years … 20-25
• 6-10 years … 18-22
• 11-16 years …16-20
Cardiovascular Disorders
o Acyanotic = VSD, ASD, PDA, Coarc of Aorta, Aortic Stenosis
• Antiprostaglandins cause closure of PDA (aorta - pulmonary artery)
o Cyanotic = Tetralogy of Fallot, Truncus Arteriosis (one main vessel gets mixed blood), TVG (Transposition of Great Vessels) … Polycythemia common in Cyanotic disorders
• 3 T’s of Cyanotic Heart Disease (Tetralogy, Truncus, Transposition)
o Tetralogy of Fallot … Unoxygenated blood pumped into aorta
• Pulmonary Stenosis
• Overiding Aorta
• Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
• TET Spells …Hypoxic episodes that are relieved by squatting or knee chest position
o CHF can result … Use Digoxin … TR = 0.8-2.0 for kids
o Ductus Venosus = Umbelical Vein to Inferior Vena Cava
o Ductus Arteriosus = Aorta to Pulmonary Artery
o Rheumatic Fever … Acquired Heart Disease … Affects aortic and mitral valves
• Preceded by beta hemolytic strep infection
• Erythema Marginatum = Rash
• Elevated ASO titer and ESR
• Chest pain, shortness of breath (Carditis), migratory large joint pain, tachycardia (even during sleep)
• Treat with Penicillin G = Prophylaxis for recurrence of RF

• Maternity
o Day 1 of cycle = First day of menses (bleeding) … Ovulation on Day 14 … 28 days total … Sperm 3-5 days, Eggs 24 hrs … Fertilization in Fallopian Tube
o Chadwick’s Sign = Bluing of Vagina (early as 4 weeks)
o Hegar’s Sign = Softening of isthmus of cervix (8 weeks)
o Goodell’s Sign = Softening of Cervix (8 weeks)
o Pregnancy Total wt gain = 25-30 lbs (11-14 kg)
o Increase calorie intake by 300 calories/day during PG … Increase protein 30 g/day … Increase iron, Ca++, Folic Acid, A & C
o Dangerous Infections with PG … TORCH = Toxoplasmosis, other, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, HPV
o Braxton Hicks common throughout PG
o Amniotic fluid = 800-1200 mL (< 300 mL = Oligohydramnios = fetal kidney problems)
o Polyhydramnios and Macrosomia (large fetus) with Diabetes
o Umbelical cord: 2 arteries, 1 vein … Vein carries oxygenated blood to fetus (opposite of normal)
o FHR = 120-160
o Folic Acid Deficiency = Neural tube defects
o Pre-term = 20-37 weeks
o Term = 38-42 weeks
o Post-term = 42 weeks+
o TPAL = Term births, Pre-term births, Abortions, Living children
o Gravida = # of Pregnancies regardless of outcome
o Para = # of Deliveries (not kids) after 20 wks gestation
o Nagale’s Rule … Add 7 days to first day of last period, subtract 3 months, add 12 months = EDC
o Hgb and Hct a bit lower during PG due to hyperhydration
o Side-lying is best position for uteroplacental perfusion (either side tho left is traditional )
o 2:1 Lecithin:Sphingomyelin Ratio = Fetal lungs mature
o AFP in amniotic fluid = possible neural tube defect
o Need a full bladder for Amniocentesis early in PG (but not in later PG)
o Lightening = Fetus drops into true pelvis
o Nesting Instinct = Burst of Energy just before labor
o True Labor = Regular contractions that intensify with ambulation, LBP that radiates to abdomen, progressive dilation and effacement
o Station = Negative above ischial spines, Positive below
o Leopold Maneuver tries to reposition fetus for delivery
o Laboring Maternal Vitals … Pulse < 100 (usually a little higher than normal with PG - BP is unchanged in PG). T < 100.4
o NON-Stress Test … Reactive = Healthy (FHR goes up with movements)
o Contraction Stress Test (Ocytocin Challenge Test)… Unhealthy = Late decels noted (positive result) indicative of UPI … “Negative” result = No late decels noted (good result)
o Watch for hyporeflexia with Mag Sulfate admin … Diaphragmatic Inhibition
• Keep Calcium gluconate by the bed (antidote)
o Firsts
• Fetal HB … 8-12 weeks by Doppler, 15-20 weeks by fetoscope
• Fetal movement = Quickening, 14-20 weeks
• Showing = 14 weeks
• Braxton Hicks – 4 months and onward
o Early Decels = Head compression = OK
o Variable Decels = Cord compression = Not Good
o Late Decels = Utero-placental insufficiency = BAD!
o If Variable or Late Decels … Change maternal position, Stop Pitocin, Administer O2, Notify Physician
o DIC … Tx is with Heparin (safe in PG) … Fetal Demise, Abruptio Placenta, Infection
o Fundal Heights
• 12-14 wks … At level of symphysis
• 20 weeks … 20 cm = Level of umbilicus
• Rises ~ 1 cm per week
o Stages of Labor
• Stage 1 = Beginning of Regular contraction to full dilation and effacement
• Stage 2 = 10 cm dilation to delivery
• Stage 3 = Delivery of Placenta
• Stage 4 = 1-4 Hrs following delivery
o Placenta Separation … Lengthening of cord outside vagina, gush of blood, full feeling in vagina … Give oxytocin after placenta is out – Not before.
o Schultz Presentation = Shiny side out (fetal side of placenta)
o Postpartum VS Schedule
• Every 15 min X 1 hr
• Every 30 min X next 2 hours
• Every Hour X next 2-6 hours
• Then every 4 hours
o Normal BM for mom within 3 days = Normal
o Lochia … no more than 4-8 pads/day and no clots > 1 cm … Fleshy smell is normal, Foul smell = infection
o Massage boggy uterus to encourage involution … empty bladder ASAP – may need to catheterize … Full bladder can lead to uterine atony and hemorrhage
o Tears …1st Degree = Dermis, 2nd Degree = mm/fascia, 3rd Degree = anal sphincter, 4th Degree = rectum
o APGAR = HR, R, mm tone, Reflex irritability, Color … 1 and 5 minutes …7-10 = Good, 4-6 = moderate resuscitative efforts, 1-3 = mostly dead
o Eye care = E-mycin + Silver Nitrate … for gonorrhea
o Pudendal Block = decreases pain in perineum and vagina – No help with contraction pain
o Epidural Block = T10-S5 … Blocks all pain … First sign = warmth or tingling in ball of foot or big toe
o Regional Blocks often result in forceps or vacuum assisted births because they affect the mother’s ability to push effectively
o WBC counts are elevated up to 25,000 for ~10 days post partum
o Rho(D) immune globulin (RhoGAM) is given to Rh- mothers who deliver Rh+ kids… Not given if mom has a +Coombs Test … She already has developed antibodies (too late)
o Caput Succedaneum = edema under scalp, crosses suture lines
o Cephalhematoma = blood under periosteum, does not cross suture lines
o Suction Mouth first – then nostrils
o Moro Reflex = Startle reflex (abduction of all extremities) – up to 4 months
o Rooting Reflex … up to 4 months
o Babinski Reflex … up to18 months
o Palmar Grasp Reflex …Lessens by 4 months
o Ballard Scale used to estimate gestational age
o Heel Stick = lateral surface of heel
o Physiologic Jaundice is normal at 2-3 days … Abnormal if before 24 hours or lasting longer than 7 days … Unconjugated bilirubin is the culprit.
o Vitamin K given to help with formation of clotting factors due to fact that the newborn gut lacks the bacteria necessary for vitamin K synthesis initially … Vastus lateralis mm IM
o Abrutio Placenta = Dark red bleeding with rigid board like abdomen
o Placenta Previa = Painless bright red bleeding
o DIC = Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation … clotting factors used up by intravascular clotting – Hemorrhage and increased bleeding times result … Associated with fetal demise, infection and abruptio placenta.
o Magnesium Sulfate used to reduce preterm labor contractions and prevent seizures in Pre-Eclampsia … Mg replaces Ca++ in the smooth mm cells resulting relaxation … Can lead to hyporeflexia and respiratory depression – Must keep Calcium Gluconate by bed when administering during labor = Antidote … Monitor for:
• Absent DTR’s
• Respirations < 12
• Urinary Output < 30/hr
• Fetal Bradycardia
o Pitocin (Oxytocin) use for Dystocia… If uterine tetany develops, turn off Pitocin, admin O2 by face mask, turn pt on side. Pitocin can cause water intoxication owing to ADH effects.
o Suspect uterine rupture if woman complains of a sharp pain followed by cessation of contractions
o Pre-Eclampsia = Htn + Edema + Proteinuria
o Eclampsia = Htn + Edema + Proteinuria + Seizures and Coma … Suspect if Severe HA + visual disturbances
o No Coumadin during PG (Heparin is OK)
o Hyperemesis Gravidarum = uncontrollable nausea and vomiting … May be related to H. pyolori … Reglan (metaclopromide)
o Insulin demands drop precipitously after delivery
o No oral hypoglycemics during PG – Teratogenic … Insulin only for control of DM
o Babies born without vaginal squeeze more likely to have respiratory difficulty initially
o C-Section can lead to Paralytic Ileus … Early ambulation helps
o Postpartum Infection common in problem pregnancies (anemia, diabetes, traumatic birth)
o Postpartum Hemorrhage = Leading cause of maternal death … Risk factors include:
• Dystocia, prolonged labor, overdistended uterus, abrutio placenta, infection
Tx includes … Fundal massage, count pads, VS, IV fluids, Oxytocin, notify physician
o Jitteriness is a symptom of hypoglycemia and hypocalcemia in the newborn
o Hypoglycemia … tremors, high pitched cry, seizures
o High pitched cry + bulging fontanels = IICP
o Hypothermia can lead to Hypoxia and acidoisis … Keep warm and use bicarbonate prn to treat acidosis in newborn.
o Lay on right side after feeding … Move stomach contents into small intestine
o Jaundice and High bilirubin can cause encephalopathy … < 12 = normal … Phototherapy decomposes bilirubin via oxidation … Protect eyes, turn every 2 hours and watch for dehydration … The dangerous bilirubin is the unconjugated indirect type.

• Nutrition
o K+ … Bananas, dried fruits, citrus, potatoes, legumes, tea, peanut butter
o Vitamin C … Citrus, potatoes, cantaloupe
o Ca++ … Milk, cheese, green leafy veggies, legumes
o Na+ … Salt, processed foods, seafood
o Folic Acid … Green leafy veggies, liver, citrus
o Fe++ … Green leafy veggies, red meat, organ meat, eggs, whole wheat, carrots
• Use Z-track for injections to avoid skin staining
o Mg+ … Whole grains, green leafy veggies, nuts
o Thiamine (B1) … Pork, beef, liver, whole grains
o B12 … Organ meats, green leafy veggies, yeast, milk, cheese, shellfish
• Deficiency = Big red beefy tongue, Anemia
o Vitamin K … Green leafy veggies, milk, meat, soy
o Vitamin A … Liver, orange and dark green fruits and veggies
o Vitamin D … Dairy, fish oil, sunlight
o Vitamin E … Veggie oils, avocados, nuts, seeds
o BMI … 18.5-24.9 = Normal (Higher = Obese)

• Gerontology
o Essentially everyone goes to Hell in a progressively degenerative hand-basket
• Thin skin, bad sleep, mm wasting, memory loss, bladder shrinks, incontinence, delayed gastric emptying, COPD, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes

o Common Ailments:
• Delerium and Dementia
• Cardiac Dysrhythmias
• Cataracts and Glaucoma
• CVA (usually thrombotic, TIAs common)
• Decubitus Ulcers
• Hypothyroidism
• Thyrotoxicosis (Grave’s Disease)
• COPD (usually combination of emphysema and CB)
• UTIs and Pneumonia … Can cause confusion and delerium
o Memory loss starts with recent – progresses to full
o Dementia = Irreversible (Alzheimer’s) … Depression, Sundowning, Loss of family recognition
o Delerium = Secondary to another problem = Reversible (infections common cause)
o Medication Alert! … Due to decreased renal function, drugs metabolized by the kidneys may persist to toxic levels
o When in doubt on NCLEX … Answer should contain something about exercise and nutrition.

• Advanced Clinical Concepts
o Erickson … Psycho-Social Development
• 0-1 yr (Newborn) … Trust vs. Mistrust
• 1-3 yrs (Toddler)… Autonomy vs. Doubt and Shame … Fear intrusive procedures - Security objects good (Blankies, stuffed animals)
• 3-6 yrs (Pre-school) … Initiative vs. Guilt … Fear mutilation – Band-Aids good
• 6-12 yrs (School Age) … Industry vs. Inferiority… Games good, Peers important … Fear loss of control of their bodies
• 12-19 yrs (Adolescent) … Identity vs. Role Confusion … Fear Body Image Distortion
• 20-35 yrs (Early Adulthood) … Intimacy vs. Isolation
• 35-65 yrs (Middle Adulthood) … Generativity vs. Stagnation
• Over 65 (Older Adulthood) … Integrity vs. Despair
o Piaget … Cognitive Development
• Sensorimotor Stage (0-2) … Learns about reality and object permanence
• Preoperational Stage (2-7) … Concrete thinking
• Concrete Operational Stage (7-11) … Abstract thinking
• Formal Operational Stage (11-adult) … Abstract and logical thinking
o Freud … Psycho-Sexual Development
• Oral Stage (Birth -1 year) … Self gratification, Id is in control and running wild
• Anal Stage (1-3) … Control and pleasure wrt retention and pooping – Toilet training in this stage
• Phallic Stage (3-6) … Pleasure with genitals, Oedipus complex, SuperEgo develops
• Latency Stage (6-12) … Sex urges channeled to culturally acceptable level, Growth of Ego
• Genital Stage (12 up) … Gratification and satisfying sexual relations, Ego rules
o Kohlberg … Moral Development
• Moral development is sequential but people do not aromatically go from one stage to the next as they mature
• Level 1 = Pre-conventional … Reward vs. Punishment Orientation
• Level 2 = Conventional Morality … Conforms to rules to please others
• Level 3 = Post- Conventional … Rights, Principles and Conscience (Best for All is a concern)

• Calculations Rules & Formulas
o Round final answer to tenths place
o Round drops to nearest drop
o When calculating mL/hr, round to nearest full mL
o Must include 0 in front of values < 1
o Pediatric doses rounded to nearest 100th. Round down for peds
o Calculating IV Flow Rates
• Total mL X Drop Factor / 60 X #Hrs = Flow Rate in gtts/min
o Calculating Infusion Times
• Total mL X Drop Factor / Flow Rate in gtts/min X 60 = Hrs to Infuse

• Conversions
o 1 t = 5mL
o 1 T = 3 t = 15 mL
o 1 oz = 30 cc = 30 mL = 2 T
o 1 gr = 60 mg
o 1 mg = 1000 ug (or mcg)
o 1 kg = 2.2 lbs
o 1 cup = 8 oz = 240 mL
o 1 pint = 16 oz
o 1 quart = 32 oz
o Degrees F = (1.8 X C) + 32
o Degrees C = (F – 32) / 1.8
• 37 C = 98.6 F
• 38 C = 100.4 F
• 39 C = 102.2 F
• 40 C = 104 F

• Fall Precautions
o Room close to nurses station
o Assessment and orientation to room
o Get help to stand (dangle feet if light headed)
o Bed low with side rails up
o Good lighting and reduce clutter in room
o Keep consistent toileting schedule
o Wear proper non-slip footwear
o At home …
• Paint edges of stairs bright color
• Bell on cats and dogs

• Neutropenic (Immunosuppressed) Precautions
o No plants or flowers in room
o No fresh veggies … Cooked foods only
o Avoid crowds and infectious persons
o Meticulous hand washing and hygiene to prevent infection
o Report fever > 100.5 (immunosuppressed pts may not manifest fever with infection)

• Bleeding Precautions (Anticoagulants, etc.)
o Soft bristled tooth brush
o Electric razor only (no safety razors)
o Handle gently, Limit contact sports
o Rotate injection sites with small bore needles for blood thinners
o Limit needle sticks, Use small bore needles, Maintain pressure for 5 minutes on venipuncture sites
o No straining at stool - Check stools for occult blood (Stool softeners prn)
o No salicylates, NSAIDs, or suppositories
o Avoid blowing or picking nose
o Do not change Vitamin K intake if on Coumadin

Hope this helps….MS. D


Bellarke Fic Week

Day One: Valentine’s Day AU

Clarke leaned against the desk in front of the nurse’s station, head propped up on her hand as she stared at the clock. The last few hours of her shift had ticked by so slowly, and now that she was in the home stretch, she couldn’t help but start dreading the rest of her night. She’d never been much for Valentine’s Day–Groundhog Day was more worthy of celebration in her opinion–but the thought of spending the evening in her cramped apartment with her roommate and her boyfriend was enough to make her want to spend the night in the on-call room.

What she wouldn’t give for coronary artery bypass graft right now.

As if triggered by her thoughts, her attending–Dr. Bellamy Blake–pushed open the doors and snapped his fingers in her direction. “Intern, follow me.”

Clarke huffed, but followed after him. “I have a name, you know.”

“I’m sure you do, Intern.”

Clarke gritted her teeth and resisted the urge to stomp her feet like a child throwing a tantrum. “I may be an intern, but I still deserve the same basic respect that everyone gets around here. I graduated top of my undergraduate and med school classes, I came with excellent recommendations from my professors, and I have worked my ass off to get to where I am. I’ve more than earned my title, and I would really appreciate it if you called me ‘Dr. Griffin.’”

Bellamy rolled his eyes. “Are you finished, Princess?”

Clarke scowled at the back of his head and pursed her lips. “Yes, Dr. Blake.”

He spun around to face her, Clarke almost running into him after the abrupt stop. “Good, because as your superior, I will refer to you as I see fit. If you’re not satisfied with that, suck it up. You’re a doctor, for crying out loud, not a child. Act like it.” Clarke bit the inside of her cheek and nodded a few times, refusing to look away first. Bellamy nodded once in return. “Now, are you going to get off your high horse and assist me with this aortic valve replacement, or am I going to have to hunt down another intern?”

Clarke blinked a few times, and Bellamy raised his eyebrows at her, waiting for a response. She cleared her throat and looked down at her hands. “I…yes, I would–but… my shift ends in an hour.”

“Got something better to do tonight, Princess?”

Clarke furrowed her eyebrows. This was exactly what she’d been wishing for, an escape from the two lovebirds who’d already broken two coffee tables and a dining room chair in the month they’d been dating, but she didn’t want her asshat of a boss to know that. But she wasn’t about to let Lexa or Monty or God forbid Finn get her surgery, so she swallowed her pride and rolled back her shoulders. “Lead the way, Dr. Blake.”

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Gender Inequality in Health Care

Medical researchers were perplexed. Reports were coming in from all over the country: Women were twice as likely to die after coronary bypass surgery. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. checked their own records. They found that of 2,300 coronary bypass patients, 4.6% of women died as a result of the surgery, compared with 2.6% of the men.