In more ways than is probably appreciated, critical care nurses deal with clinical situations that involve abnormalities in endocrine function. Endocrine emergencies frequently precipitate patient admissions to critical care units. More common, however, is the deleterious impact of critical illness and prescribed therapies on endocrine function. The manifestations of endocrine pathology are typically subtle and often go undetected until exacerbations and serious medical consequences ensue. To ensure prompt diagnosis and proper therapy, a general understanding of the endocrine function and hormone regulation is essential. It is also important that critical care nurses broaden their repertoire of assessment skills and become more attuned to the consequences of hormonal imbalance
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Endocrine Disorders| May 01 1992
An Overview of Endocrine Function and Dysfunction
Christine Ashley Kessler, RN, MN, CCRN, CS
From the Critical Care Department, Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia.
Reprint requests to Christine Ashley Kessler, RN, MN, CCRN, CS, P.O. Box 10138, Alexandria, VA 22310.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1992) 3 (2): 289–299.
Christine Ashley Kessler; An Overview of Endocrine Function and Dysfunction. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1992; 3 (2): 289–299. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1992-2002
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