Nursing Tips

Expected labs with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Positive Rheumatoid Factor (RF) antibody and Positive ANA titer.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Expected Labs

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Expected labs with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Positive Rheumatoid Factor (RF) antibody and Positive ANA titer.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Expected Labs

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Expected labs with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Positive Rheumatoid Factor (RF) antibody and Positive ANA titer.

Fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin carry a black box warning for tendon rupture. This is a unique side effect that is important to remember!

Fluoroquinolones

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Fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin carry a black box warning for tendon rupture. This is a unique side effect that is important to remember!

Fluoroquinolones

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Fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin carry a black box warning for tendon rupture. This is a unique side effect that is important to remember!

Cyclosporine is a medication used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients.

Cyclosporine

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Cyclosporine is a medication used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients.

Cyclosporine

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Cyclosporine is a medication used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients.

Plasma cells are a type of B cell which produce and release antibodies against a specific antigen.

Plasma Cells

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Plasma cells are a type of B cell which produce and release antibodies against a specific antigen.

Plasma Cells

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Plasma cells are a type of B cell which produce and release antibodies against a specific antigen.

Educate patients taking tetracyclines that it is important to avoid dairy products, foods high in calcium and iron, and antacids, as these decrease the absorption of the antibiotic.

Tetracyclines: Patient Teaching

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Educate patients taking tetracyclines that it is important to avoid dairy products, foods high in calcium and iron, and antacids, as these decrease the absorption of the antibiotic.

Tetracyclines: Patient Teaching

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Educate patients taking tetracyclines that it is important to avoid dairy products, foods high in calcium and iron, and antacids, as these decrease the absorption of the antibiotic.

Tetracyclines (e.g., doxycycline) should not be used in pregnant/breastfeeding patients. Due to the risk for permanent tooth discoloration, it should also be avoided in children under 8 years old.

Tetracyclines

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Tetracyclines (e.g., doxycycline) should not be used in pregnant/breastfeeding patients. Due to the risk for permanent tooth discoloration, it should also be avoided in children under 8 years old.

Tetracyclines

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Tetracyclines (e.g., doxycycline) should not be used in pregnant/breastfeeding patients. Due to the risk for permanent tooth discoloration, it should also be avoided in children under 8 years old.

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or malaria may require use of the medication hydroxychloroquine. Because this medication can cause agranulocytosis, monitor CBC levels during therapy.

Hydroxychloroquine

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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or malaria may require use of the medication hydroxychloroquine. Because this medication can cause agranulocytosis, monitor CBC levels during therapy.

Hydroxychloroquine

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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or malaria may require use of the medication hydroxychloroquine. Because this medication can cause agranulocytosis, monitor CBC levels during therapy.

Fifth's Disease (Parvovirus-B19) has a classic finding of a "slapped cheek" rash on the face.

Fifth's Disease

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Fifth's Disease (Parvovirus-B19) has a classic finding of a "slapped cheek" rash on the face.

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Fifth's Disease

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Fifth's Disease (Parvovirus-B19) has a classic finding of a "slapped cheek" rash on the face.

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A patient who reports "sulfa" allergies should not be given sulfonamide antibiotics such as sulfamethoxazole.

Sulfa Allergies

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A patient who reports "sulfa" allergies should not be given sulfonamide antibiotics such as sulfamethoxazole.

Sulfa Allergies

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A patient who reports "sulfa" allergies should not be given sulfonamide antibiotics such as sulfamethoxazole.

A patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) has some classic findings including fatigue, joint pain, fever, butterfly rash on the face, Raynaud's phenomenon, and a positive ANA titer.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

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A patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) has some classic findings including fatigue, joint pain, fever, butterfly rash on the face, Raynaud's phenomenon, and a positive ANA titer.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

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A patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) has some classic findings including fatigue, joint pain, fever, butterfly rash on the face, Raynaud's phenomenon, and a positive ANA titer.

A patient taking ethambutol for tuberculosis should be educated to have regular vision screenings and report changes in vision to the prescriber.

Ethambutol: Patient Teaching

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A patient taking ethambutol for tuberculosis should be educated to have regular vision screenings and report changes in vision to the prescriber.

Ethambutol: Patient Teaching

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A patient taking ethambutol for tuberculosis should be educated to have regular vision screenings and report changes in vision to the prescriber.

Assess any skin lesions for potential cancerous changes using ABCDE.

Assessing Skin Lesions with ABCDE

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Assess any skin lesions for potential cancerous changes using ABCDE.

Assessing Skin Lesions with ABCDE

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Assess any skin lesions for potential cancerous changes using ABCDE.

A patient taking oseltamivir to treat Influenza A and B must begin therapy within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Oseltamivir

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A patient taking oseltamivir to treat Influenza A and B must begin therapy within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Oseltamivir

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A patient taking oseltamivir to treat Influenza A and B must begin therapy within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

A child with Chickenpox (Varicella) is contagious until all lesions have crusted over. Educate families to keep them at home and away from others until this time.

Chickenpox (Varicella)

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A child with Chickenpox (Varicella) is contagious until all lesions have crusted over. Educate families to keep them at home and away from others until this time.

Chickenpox (Varicella)

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A child with Chickenpox (Varicella) is contagious until all lesions have crusted over. Educate families to keep them at home and away from others until this time.

Immunizations in first 6 months

Immunizations in first 6 months

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IMMUNIZATIONS IN FIRST 6  MONTHS Birth = "B" Hep B 2 Months = "B. Dr. HIP" Hep B, DTAP, RV, Hib, IPV, PCV 4 months = "Dr. HIP" DTAP, RV,...

Immunizations in first 6 months

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IMMUNIZATIONS IN FIRST 6  MONTHS Birth = "B" Hep B 2 Months = "B. Dr. HIP" Hep B, DTAP, RV, Hib, IPV, PCV 4 months = "Dr. HIP" DTAP, RV,...

Don't get TIPSY when taking your TB meds! Alcohol is contraindicated for these TB meds: Isoniazid, Rifampin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol. All carry a risk for hepatotoxicity!

TB Meds

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Don't get TIPSY when taking your TB meds! Alcohol is contraindicated for these TB meds: Isoniazid, Rifampin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol. All carry a risk for hepatotoxicity!

TB Meds

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Don't get TIPSY when taking your TB meds! Alcohol is contraindicated for these TB meds: Isoniazid, Rifampin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol. All carry a risk for hepatotoxicity!

Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to treat UTIs. A unique side effect of this medication is "achilles tendon rupture".
HINT: If you take CIPRO, you might SLIP due to your achilles tendon rupturing.

Ciprofloxacin

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Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to treat UTIs. A unique side effect of this medication is "achilles tendon rupture". HINT: If you take CIPRO, you might SLIP due to...

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Ciprofloxacin

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Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used to treat UTIs. A unique side effect of this medication is "achilles tendon rupture". HINT: If you take CIPRO, you might SLIP due to...

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Amphotericin B is only used for life-threatening fungal infections, because the side effects will "terrorize" your body. These side effects include: hepatotoxicity, nephrotoxicity, and bone marrow suppression.

Amphotericin B

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Amphotericin B is only used for life-threatening fungal infections, because the side effects will "terrorize" your body. These side effects include: hepatotoxicity, nephrotoxicity, and bone marrow suppression.

Amphotericin B

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Amphotericin B is only used for life-threatening fungal infections, because the side effects will "terrorize" your body. These side effects include: hepatotoxicity, nephrotoxicity, and bone marrow suppression.

Acyclovir and Ganciclovir are antiviral medications. Both medications have a key side effect of nephrotoxicity. Ganciclovir can also cause bone marrow suppression (anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia).

Acyclovir and Ganciclovir

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Acyclovir and Ganciclovir are antiviral medications. Both medications have a key side effect of nephrotoxicity. Ganciclovir can also cause bone marrow suppression (anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia).

Acyclovir and Ganciclovir

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Acyclovir and Ganciclovir are antiviral medications. Both medications have a key side effect of nephrotoxicity. Ganciclovir can also cause bone marrow suppression (anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia).

Innate vs. Acquired Immunity. Innate Immunity: Defense mechanisms in the body that respond immediately to all antigens. Acquired Immunity: Body produces antibodies in response to a specific antigen through the action of B and T lymphocytes.

Innate v. Acquired Immunity

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Innate vs. Acquired Immunity Pathophysiology

Innate v. Acquired Immunity

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Innate vs. Acquired Immunity Pathophysiology

Nursing Tips - External Radiation Therapy Patient Teaching

External Radiation Therapy Patient Teaching

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Patient teaching for external radiation therapy.

External Radiation Therapy Patient Teaching

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Patient teaching for external radiation therapy.

Neutropenia and Thrombocytopenia

Neutropenia and Thrombocytopenia

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Neutropenia and Thrombocytopenia are key symptoms of hematologic cancers (ex: leukemia, multiple myeloma). Key Nursing priority: Prevent infection and bleeding!

Neutropenia and Thrombocytopenia

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Neutropenia and Thrombocytopenia are key symptoms of hematologic cancers (ex: leukemia, multiple myeloma). Key Nursing priority: Prevent infection and bleeding!

Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate Cancer Screening

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When screening a patient for prostate cancer, be sure to obtain the PSA (prostate specific antigen) before performing a DRE (digital rectal exam).

Prostate Cancer Screening

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When screening a patient for prostate cancer, be sure to obtain the PSA (prostate specific antigen) before performing a DRE (digital rectal exam).

Mastectomy Care

Mastectomy Care

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Mastectomy Care and Patient Teaching: Nursing Care: Do not administer injections, obtain blood, or take BP in the affected arm. Patient Teaching: Wear sling when ambulating, wear loose clothing, perform...

Mastectomy Care

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Mastectomy Care and Patient Teaching: Nursing Care: Do not administer injections, obtain blood, or take BP in the affected arm. Patient Teaching: Wear sling when ambulating, wear loose clothing, perform...

Doxorubicin

Doxorubicin

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Doxorubicin is an antitumor antibiotic used to treat cancer. Think "ruby" RED. This medication can cause RED discoloration of sweat, urine, and tears.

Doxorubicin

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Doxorubicin is an antitumor antibiotic used to treat cancer. Think "ruby" RED. This medication can cause RED discoloration of sweat, urine, and tears.

Leuprolide

Leuprolide

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Leuprolide is a medication used to treat prostate cancer. HINT: Dr. Lou lied to me about the side effects of this medication, which include: hot flashes, gynecomastia, decreased libido.

Leuprolide

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Leuprolide is a medication used to treat prostate cancer. HINT: Dr. Lou lied to me about the side effects of this medication, which include: hot flashes, gynecomastia, decreased libido.

Vincristine

Vincristine

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Vincristine is an antimitotic medication used to treat cancer. A key side effect with this medication is peripheral neuropathy. HINT: Vin = wine in French. If you drink too much...

Vincristine

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Vincristine is an antimitotic medication used to treat cancer. A key side effect with this medication is peripheral neuropathy. HINT: Vin = wine in French. If you drink too much...

Tamoxifen

Tamoxifen

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Tamoxifen is a medication used to treat breast cancer. It works by competing with estrogen for binding sites in breasts. HINT: Tammy is a foxy lady with breast cancer.

Tamoxifen

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Tamoxifen is a medication used to treat breast cancer. It works by competing with estrogen for binding sites in breasts. HINT: Tammy is a foxy lady with breast cancer.

Types of Immunity

Types of Immunity

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Types of immunity: Active natural: Body produces antibodies in response to exposure to a live pathogen. Active artificial: Body produces antibodies in response to a vaccine.  Passive natural: Antibodies are passed from the...

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Types of Immunity

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Types of immunity: Active natural: Body produces antibodies in response to exposure to a live pathogen. Active artificial: Body produces antibodies in response to a vaccine.  Passive natural: Antibodies are passed from the...

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Stomatitis

Stomatitis

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Stomatitis is inflammation of the mouth/lips. It is a common side effect of chemotherapy. If your patient has stomatitis, provide the following teaching: Do not use alcohol based mouthwash! Use...

Stomatitis

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Stomatitis is inflammation of the mouth/lips. It is a common side effect of chemotherapy. If your patient has stomatitis, provide the following teaching: Do not use alcohol based mouthwash! Use...

Gentamicin

Gentamicin

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Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside used to treat SERIOUS bacterial infections. Gentamicin looks like "Gentle", but it is the OPPOSITE of gentle. Key side effects include ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity.

Gentamicin

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Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside used to treat SERIOUS bacterial infections. Gentamicin looks like "Gentle", but it is the OPPOSITE of gentle. Key side effects include ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity.

Mucositis (related to chemotherapy)

Mucositis (related to chemotherapy)

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For patients who suffer mucositis (related to chemotherapy): Avoid glycerin or alcohol containing mouthwashes!!

Mucositis (related to chemotherapy)

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For patients who suffer mucositis (related to chemotherapy): Avoid glycerin or alcohol containing mouthwashes!!