Monthly Archives: May 2018

Neurology Review: Identifying the Difference between CVA and TIA

Today, we’ll be focusing on a topic that is quite confusing for some - cerebrovascular accident (CVA) versus transient ischemic attack (TIA). CVA and TIA are conditions that occur due to lack of oxygen in the brain. To compare, if there’s oxygen depletion or deprivation in the heart, the condition is called a heart attack. [...]

By | 2018-05-30T02:14:57-08:00 May 30th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Neurology Review: Identifying the Difference between CVA and TIA

Hepatology Review: What is Hepatic Encephalopathy?

Continuing from a series of lectures on the liver, we have indicated the importance of remembering the PDSM Recycling Company. This recycling company is the liver and PDSM suggests the liver’s primary functions – Produce, Detox, Storage, and Metabolize. When it comes to hepatic encephalopathy, the liver’s metabolic properties are compromised. Focusing on Metabolism What [...]

By | 2018-05-28T05:50:00-08:00 May 28th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Hepatology Review: What is Hepatic Encephalopathy?

Nursing Interventions for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

ARDS stands for acute respiratory distress syndrome – these are just some fancy words for a condition that’s causing severe alveoli inflammation leading to structural collapse and instability. The Alveoli For those who are unaware what alveoli are, they are those small sacs located at the end portion of the respiratory tract. You can think [...]

By | 2018-05-25T05:43:44-08:00 May 25th, 2018|Medical, Nursing|Comments Off on Nursing Interventions for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Nursing Management and Risks of Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis is mainly concerned with the stomach and peritoneal cavity. The process is simply getting fluid out of the body when the kidneys have malfunctioned. The kidneys’ primary role is to filter the blood and eliminate all the junk from the body into the potty through the urinary tract. If the kidneys fail to [...]

By | 2018-05-23T05:52:29-08:00 May 23rd, 2018|Medical, Nursing|Comments Off on Nursing Management and Risks of Peritoneal Dialysis

Respiratory Pharmacology: Anticholinergic Bronchodilators – Part 3

By now, you are familiar and have a better understanding of the properties of cholinergic and anticholinergic medications. Just keep in mind, if you are giving an anticholinergic agent, you are basically increasing blood flow to the sympathetic nervous system - mainly the heart, lungs, and brain. Increased blood flow to these areas will result [...]

By | 2018-05-18T19:07:23-08:00 May 21st, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Respiratory Pharmacology: Anticholinergic Bronchodilators – Part 3

Essential NCLEX Practice Questions for Intracranial Pressure (ICP)

In this lecture, we’ll be focusing on the five test questions about intracranial pressure (ICP) that are usually asked on major nursing tests and the NCLEX. Let’s begin. Question #1 Your patient has a change in his or her Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), when do you tell the doctor about it? Answer: There are two [...]

By | 2018-05-18T06:24:00-08:00 May 18th, 2018|Medical, NCLEX Practice|Comments Off on Essential NCLEX Practice Questions for Intracranial Pressure (ICP)

GI Pharmacology for Antacids and H2-Blockers

In this lecture, we will be going over gastrointestinal (GI) medications that are usually used for peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, heartburn or basically the overproduction of acid. To counter the effects of these conditions on the body and bring down acid production three types of medications that are given. The Rule of Three Just like [...]

By | 2018-05-16T06:31:00-08:00 May 16th, 2018|Medical, Pharmacology|Comments Off on GI Pharmacology for Antacids and H2-Blockers

Easy-to-Understand Myocardial Infarction Pathophysiology

Today, we’ll be talking about the pathophysiology of myocardial infarction (MI) and the different therapeutic modalities concerning the condition. MI as Traffic Accidents Think of your myocardial infarction as one huge traffic jam inside the heart that’s causing blockage to the highway, impeding the circulation of blood and oxygen. Since there’s blockage, no cars (red [...]

By | 2018-05-14T05:59:23-08:00 May 14th, 2018|Pathophysiology|Comments Off on Easy-to-Understand Myocardial Infarction Pathophysiology

Quick Overview of Heart Failure Pharmacology

We’ll be having a quick congestive heart failure review and we’ll also go over the drugs involved in treating the condition. Antihypertensive drugs are responsible for relieving pressure that’s being set on the heart. The aim is to basically get the heart pumping normally that it can stretch and squeeze to eject and distribute blood [...]

By | 2018-05-10T04:59:50-08:00 May 11th, 2018|Medical, Pharmacology|Comments Off on Quick Overview of Heart Failure Pharmacology

Causes and Manifestations of Acute Kidney Injury

What does acute renal failure (ARF) or acute kidney injury mean? To get a better understanding of what’s really happening when you have acute kidney injury, we’ll go into details about its causes and manifestations. We’ll go into the three stages of acute kidney injury, its manifestations, and how to fix them with the acronym, [...]

By | 2018-05-09T03:31:09-08:00 May 9th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Causes and Manifestations of Acute Kidney Injury