The middle cerebral artery (MCA) is an important part of brain function. An RN goes over the areas of the brain that supply the MCA and what can happen when it’s blocked.
Working in intensive care is so different from the rest of the hospital. These tips for new neuro nurses will answer all questions.
We discuss the difference between coma and brain death, how brain death is determined, working with an organ procurement team, and general insights related to this sensitive topic.
Elizabeth Mills, BSN RN CCRN – highly experienced neurocritical care nurse, current Stroke Navigator for a Primary Stroke Center What You’ll Learn Patient Care Family support Consents Talking to Unconscious Patients Key Focus: Effective communication skills for interacting with the unconscious patient and their family. Think about these: How does caring for a patient who […]
What You’ll Learn Medications Diagnostics Surgeries and Procedures Monitoring Encouragement We continue our journey through neurocritical care nursing! Medications tPA – discussed in Neuro Nurse Tips, Part I Mannitol – osmotic diuretic, given to decrease ICP Increasing the plasma osmolality to pull fluid off of the brain, into the intravascular space, and out of the […]
In this episode, we discuss nursing care and the big three – Code STEMI, Code Stroke, and Code Sepsis. Please note, this episode was recorded in January 2017, and the latest evidence at that time. The best practices surrounding treatment of these evolve continually and we encourage you to ensure you’re referring to the latest evidence and facility policy while providing patient care.
What You’ll Learn: Subdural hematoma Epidural hematoma Seizure Brain Tumors CPM Diffuse axonal injury This episode discusses a few disease processes that are typically seen by the neuro ICU nurse as well as a neuro floor. We chat about subdural hematomas, epidural hematomas, seizures, brain tumors, and diffuse axonal injury. And as always, this episode is hosted […]
This episode discusses neuro nurse tips with the main questions newbies to neuro have: if neuro changes are subtle, when do I worry? We also discuss common neuro disease processes including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intraventricular hemorrhage, and more.