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Pediatric Dosing for Motrin

There are few things more unpleasant than an infant with a fever or an infant in pain. As many parents will tell you, these are times of desperation, and many times there are over-the-counter remedies on hand. However, reaching for something like Motrin (Ibuprofen) needs to be done cautiously. Mo...
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Sliding Scale Insulin Dosage

The use of a sliding scale for insulin dosing is common in inpatient treatment of a patient with Type I diabetes. As opposed to fixed insulin dosing—which uses a predetermined dose of insulin before a meal—sliding scale insulin dosing uses the pre-meal blood glucose reading to determine how much ...
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Blood Thinners and How They Work

Fun fact—“Blood Thinners” don’t actually thin the blood! So what do they do? They make it harder for your blood to clot. Medications known as blood thinners fall into two categories: anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs. Anticoagulants One of the most common anticoagulants is Warfarin (Coumadi...
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Symptoms of Hypo and Hyperglycemia

Hypo- and hyperglycemia are conditions often associated with diabetes. Blood sugar, otherwise known as glucose, is the body’s main energy source. But like with all good things, moderation is key. Too much glucose and the body enters into a state of hyperglycemia; too little and hypoglycemic sympt...
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The Heart: Five Areas for Listening

Auscultation of a heart begins with two critical items: a stethoscope and a patient. Knowledge about both these elements is key to assessing the health of a heart. Classic stethoscopes have two sides of the chestpiece—the diaphragm and the bell. The larger, flatter side is the diaphragm and is us...
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Sliding Scale Insulin Dosage

The use of a sliding scale for insulin dosing is common in inpatient tr