Monthly Archives: June 2018

Acute Renal Failure: Nursing Management and Interventions – Part 2

Part one of our discussions on acute renal failure nursing management, we focused on two interventions – Kayexalate and Dopamine. These two belong to the four nursing processes that are required to manage acute renal failure. To easily remember, you can think of the acronym – HDTV. H stands for hyperkalemia while D stands for [...]

By | 2019-04-16T12:46:25-08:00 June 29th, 2018|Medical|Comments Off on Acute Renal Failure: Nursing Management and Interventions – Part 2

EKG Interpretation Part 2: Effective Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Whether you’re working in a hospital or currently doing your clinical, there will be instances that you will encounter patients who will have atrial fibrillation. To manage atrial fibrillation effectively, you must first get acquainted with what it is and what mainly causes it.   Causes of Atrial Fibrillation Before treating atrial fibrillation, you should [...]

By | 2018-06-27T02:27:32-08:00 June 27th, 2018|Medical|Comments Off on EKG Interpretation Part 2: Effective Management of Atrial Fibrillation

Cardiac Drugs for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Myocardial Infarction (MI)

Are you having a hard time differentiating congestive heart failure (CHF) drugs from myocardial infarction (MI) drugs? In this lecture, you will learn how to appropriately identify which medication is given to CHF patients and which is given to MI patients. So the main question is: What is the difference between CHF and MI drugs? [...]

By | 2018-06-24T22:44:13-08:00 June 25th, 2018|Medical, Pathophysiology|Comments Off on Cardiac Drugs for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Myocardial Infarction (MI)

Respiratory Pharmacology: What are Beta2-Agonist Bronchodilators?

In this lecture, we will quickly break down the different types of respiratory drugs and how they are somehow connected with anaphylactic medications, which are both necessary to increase oxygenation inside the body, specifically, the lungs. BAM and SLM If there’s the presence of lung inflammation, there are a couple of ways to decrease the [...]

By | 2018-06-21T22:18:54-08:00 June 22nd, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Respiratory Pharmacology: What are Beta2-Agonist Bronchodilators?

Acute Coronary Syndrome: Differentiating Stable from Unstable Angina

When dealing with stable and unstable angina, what you have to keep in mind is that both are due to low oxygenation of the heart. Angina technically means chest or heart pain. Vasoconstriction versus Vasodilation If a patient has coronary artery disease (CAD) which is caused by high cholesterol, there is increased plaque formation within [...]

By | 2018-06-19T20:54:24-08:00 June 20th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Acute Coronary Syndrome: Differentiating Stable from Unstable Angina

Hepatology Review: Cirrhosis Pathophysiology

After going through the functions of the liver in our previous lecture, we’ll be discussing the different types of liver diseases like hepatitis, ascites, cirrhosis, and encephalopathy. We’ll also tackle the different ways on how patients with these diseases should be cared for. We highly recommend that you go through the first liver lecture before [...]

By | 2018-06-18T06:47:45-08:00 June 18th, 2018|Pathophysiology|Comments Off on Hepatology Review: Cirrhosis Pathophysiology

A Closer Look at Cardiac Glycosides: Digoxin

In our previous lectures, we have started discussing the different types of drugs used for heart failure or other heart-related conditions, namely: inotropic, chronotropic, and dromotropic. A quick way to remember these drugs is to categorize them into A, B, C, D, and E. Since we’ve already discussed A and B, we’ll focus on the [...]

By | 2018-06-14T22:15:48-08:00 June 15th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on A Closer Look at Cardiac Glycosides: Digoxin

Renal Function and Pathophysiology

After going through the three things that the kidneys filter, we’ll head on to what the kidneys produce that helps in creating red blood cells within the bone marrow. We’ll also tackle some of the kidneys’ main functions, with a bit of pathophysiology. Let’s start. Kidney Malfunction If the kidneys are not working properly or [...]

By | 2018-06-13T06:22:53-08:00 June 13th, 2018|Pathophysiology|Comments Off on Renal Function and Pathophysiology

Complications of Peripheral Catheter Access

In this lecture, we will go through the different complications of inserting peripheral catheters through different scenarios and questions. Let’s start. Scenario 1: A certified doctor is inserting a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line to a patient. As the doctor inserts the central line and tethers it through, the patient, all of a sudden, [...]

By | 2018-06-11T05:08:59-08:00 June 11th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Complications of Peripheral Catheter Access

Acute Respiratory Failure or Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Respiratory failure is a lung issue that happens when there is insufficient oxygen passing through the lungs and into the blood. For proper functioning of the different parts of the body, it needs ample amount of oxygen in the blood. Going into this respiratory failure lecture, there will be ventilation problems versus oxygen exchange problems. [...]

By | 2018-06-01T06:20:59-08:00 June 1st, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Acute Respiratory Failure or Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome