Ames reviewed and summarized studies on the safety and effectiveness of tooth brushing in critically ill patients who were receiving mechanical ventilation. The studies indicated the following:

—Rochelle Armola,rn, msn, ccrn

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If you could make one simple change to your practice to save a life today, what would you do? Early detection of ischemia via continuous ST-segment monitoring can lead to life-saving interventions for patients at risk for myocardial infarction (MI) or extension of MI. Despite recommendations from the American Heart Association and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, ischemia monitoring is rarely incorporated into practice due to a lack of physician support or orders, a lack of education about technology and expected response by nurses, and annoying false alarms.

Sangkachand and colleagues examined whether using a new software that incorporates a graphical display for continuous ST-segment monitoring...

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