Christiana Care nurses publish cover story in Nursing2012
The February issue of Nursing2012 Journal features a cover story by two Christiana Care nurses about blood clotting and the use of blood thinners.
In “Using Anticoagulants to Steer Clear of Clots,” William Pezzotti, RN, and Melissa Freuler, RN, both nurses in the Emergency Department at Christiana Hospital, describe blood thinners used to prevent blood clots in patients, the nursing care of patients on blood thinner and the emergency treatment of patients who develop bleeding complications from these drugs. They also cover the management of patients who require clotting due to a traumatic injury or surgery.
“It is very important for nurses to know how and why blood clots form, because assessing, recognizing and treating a clot can save a patient’s life,” says Pezzotti.