Nclex Tip: “The admission height & weight should be completed by the RN, because this information is part of the initial assessment. Remember drug doses, etc. will be based on this data, so it better be right.” - Hurst review
“Hope is both the earliest and most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained, hope must remain, even where confidence is ruined, trust impaired.” - Erik Erikson
Liver-gallbladder-pancreas & digestion:
One of the functions of the liver is to produce bile. Bile is important for the digestion of food. The liver makes bile, sends it through the hepatic duct to the gallbladder, who then sends it to the bile duct to the duodenum where it meets the food and is used for digestion. Makes sense right?
Different things can block the bile ducts - inflammation, benign growths, and cancer. Stones in the gallbladder can slip into the bile ducts and block it as well. If bile is blocked it will back up into the liver and cause yellowing of the skin [jaundice].
The pancreas produces insulin and digestive enzymes. It also has a duct, known as the pancreatic duct. It releases enzymes into the duodenum where it meets the food and is also used for digestion.
A test that can be used to visualize these ducts is called an MRCP [Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography]:
M+R= MRI used for imaging; cholangiography is the imaging of bile ducts; and pancreatography is.. you guessed it! - imaging of the pancreatic ducts.
I stumbled upon this blog and I was impressed. It’s called doc meg’s hideout. With each entry there is a powerpoint presentation that explains the topic. Check it out :)
Another trick to learn cranial nerves.
This is one of my previous posts, and per so many requests I am re-posting it. If all else fails, learn this.
Increased Intracranial Pressure
Right sided heart failure.
Blood cultures. You must also draw from 2 different sites and wait an hour between each one.
For urine culture only
Top 5 Fluids
Disorders of the quads