Advanced Nursing Technologies Analytical Essay by Meg

Investigates six advanced nursing technologies: CPAP, BiPAP, arterial cannulation, extra ventricular monitoring, therapeutic hypothermia and cardiac defibrillation.
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This paper commences by discussing the differences between CPAP and BiPAP and the current practice recommendations as well as the physiological benefits of these two techniques. Next the author investigates potential sites for arterial cannulation and the post insertion management of arterial catheters, the role of extra ventricular monitoring and drainage as a therapeutic intervention to manage alterations in intracranial pressure and the function of therapeutic hypothermia in the management of post cardiac arrest patients.The paper concludes by reviewing the principles of cardiac defibrillation, the differences between bi-phasic and monophasic defibrillators, the clinical application of defibrillation and the nursing considerations associated with cardiac defibrillation.

Table of Contents:
Differences between CPAP and BiPAP
Arterial Cannulation
Extra Ventricular Monitoring
Therapeutic Hypothermia
Principles of Cardiac Defibrillation

From the Paper:

"Arterial cannulation is a procedure that is commonly performed in the healthcare management of patients who are critically ill. The procedure involves the use of arterial catheters to allow for the continuous monitoring of the patient's blood pressure. These procedures are usually used for patients who are suffering from heart disease, coronary artery disorders and other heart disorders that affect the proper flow of blood. Arterial catheters have been considered to be relatively safe with a low incidence of serious complications to the patients who use this mode of treatment. The main arteries that are used for cannulation or catheterization include the radial arteries, ulnar, brachial, femoral and axillary arteries with the radial artery being the most commonly used artery for cannulation amongst children and adults.
"The radial artery is common because of the superficial nature of the vessel and the ease of maintaining the site of the artery as well as the arteries accessibility and presence of a collateral supply of blood. Multiple arteries can be used for the direct measurement of blood pressure where an Allen test is performed by compressing both the radial and ulnar arteries of the patient. The Allen test can be used to identify the potential sites for arterial catheterization since it requires the patient to tighten their fists as they compress both the radial and ulnar arteries of the patient."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AACCN (2009). Monitoring technologies in critically ill neuroscience patients. London, UK: Jones and Bartlett Publishers
  • Asif, M., & Sarkar, P.K., (2007). Three-digit Allen's test. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 84(2): 686-687
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