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Cardiovascular Physiology: Preload and Afterload

What is the difference between preload and afterload? This is one of most frequently asked questions and probably one of the most confusing topics that nursing students encounter during their lectures and clinical rotations. To settle the confusion once and for all, we will provide you with the most uncomplicated answer. The Slingshot Analogy The [...]

By | 2018-12-10T04:33:33+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|0 Comments

3 Easy Ways to Drastically Improve Your Exam Scores

Hey, guys. Let us a quick break from our usual discussions about nursing topics and deviate to three simple techniques that will immensely enhance your study habits, thereby boosting your exam scores big time. Once you get to know these methods, learning and remembering every subject will become far less complicated and more enjoyable. Without [...]

By | 2018-12-05T06:00:36+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Student Info|0 Comments

Dosage Calculations: IV Drip Factor

Assuring that every patient is provided with the appropriate medication and dose is fundamental in safeguarding their welfare; this is one of the primary responsibilities of the healthcare team, especially the nurses. In this lesson, we’ll be discussing the essential relevance of accurate dosage calculation, mostly focusing on intravenous drip factor or the drip rates. [...]

By | 2018-12-03T05:16:56+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Medical, Student Info|0 Comments

Pharmacology 101: The Role of Calcium Channel Blockers in Heart Failure and MI

Heart failure is a condition that is identified as the heart’s inefficiency to pump blood supply to various areas of the body adequately. If there is an insufficient flow of blood, all primary functions of the body are disrupted. While there are instances wherein pumping difficulties cause the heart failure, other patients suffer due to [...]

By | 2018-11-28T05:17:49+00:00 November 28th, 2018|Pharmacology|0 Comments

Antihistamine Pharmacology

Antihistamines are types of drugs that nurses usually encounter on a daily basis; these drugs are also available over-the-counter in various pharmacies worldwide. Before going into what antihistamines are, we must first understand what these drugs are blocking and how they affect the body. In this lecture you can expect the following topics to be [...]

By | 2018-11-26T05:22:13+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Pharmacology|0 Comments

Emergency Pharmacology: A Highlight on Vasopressors (Dopamine)

Vasopressors are life-saving drugs that are commonly seen in an emergency setting. But what are vasopressors, and what are their mechanisms of action? Vasopressors Defined Vasopressors are types of medications that exert pressure on the veins, on the vascular beds to promote vasoconstriction. When this happens, there is an increase in blood flow to the [...]

By | 2018-11-22T23:09:04+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Pharmacology|0 Comments

Antibiotics 101: What are Fluoroquinolones?

Fluoroquinolones is a type of antibiotics that are given to treat some illnesses related to the respiratory and the urinary tract system. In this lecture, we’ll be delving deeper into what fluoroquinolones are, how nurses can easily remember these drugs, and what to watch-out-for when giving the medications. Let’s get right into it. Cipro de [...]

By | 2018-11-21T02:51:50+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Pharmacology|0 Comments

Tuberculosis Pathology and Assessment

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that resides inside the lungs caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. While books and nursing lectures would insist that tuberculosis is a droplet precaution, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention would say otherwise. According to the CDC, tuberculosis is an airborne precaution that can spread by breathing in the [...]

By | 2018-11-19T05:56:21+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|0 Comments

The Pathophysiology of the Respiratory System

The respiratory system is one of the most vital systems in the body because it supplies the primary element that keeps everything going which is oxygen. First, we’ll be going through the anatomy and physiology, the pathophysiology, and the common diseases associated with the lungs. Then, we’ll tackle the two types of respiratory drugs which [...]

By | 2018-11-16T05:20:42+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Pathophysiology|0 Comments

Anaphylactic Shock: Pathophysiology and Manifestations

After going through what hypovolemic shock is, we’ll go into anaphylactic shock – definition, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and manifestations. So, let's do it. Volume and Resistance Before going through what anaphylactic shock is, let’s get into the essential factors that influence the different types of shock. With shock, there are only two elements that are affected [...]

By | 2018-11-14T05:57:44+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Medical|0 Comments