Why is it important to identify dysphagia in patients who have recently suffered a stroke, and what tools are available to best screen for this disorder? Edmiaston and colleagues note the following:
—Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN
See Article, pp 357–364
Withholding or withdrawing life support is now more prevalent in the intensive care unit (ICU), but has our understanding of cultural differences in how or when patients and families choose this improved?
Johnson and colleagues reviewed 1072 ICU deaths over 8 years to identify factors associated with level-of-care preference at the end of life and found the following:
What can we do to understand the cultural differences and help the black population improve their end-of-life care?
—Allie Sment, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC
See Article, pp 335–344
Pain assessment in nonverbal critically ill patients presents a challenge for health care providers. Topolovec-Vranic and colleagues evaluated the adult Nonverbal Pain Scale...