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Nursing Memory Joggers

Nursing Memory Joggers

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Published by: Marcus, RN on Sep 20, 2008
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 m a d e
 Nu rs ing
Memory Joggers
21quick,easy waysto rememberimportantclinical facts
1. To remember the difference between
 transudate
and
exudate,
focus onthe prefixes …
Trans-
means
“across,” 
as in thetranscontinental railroad
 Ex-
means
“out of,” 
as in exhale.
2. To remember the difference between
 aerobic
and
 anaerobic,
think of jogging …
When you jog, an aerobic activity, yourbody needs oxygen, or air
 aerobic
meansoxygen is required.
 Anaerobic
means without oxygen.
3. To remember what allergies to ask yourpatient about before a CT scan thatrequires contrast medium, think of 
SIC 
S
hellfish
I
odine
C
ontrast media (prior sensitive reaction).
4. To remember the signs and symptomsof a hypersensitivity reaction to contrastmedia, think
 PURR
P
ruritus
U
rticaria
R
ash
R
espiratory distress.
5. To remember what to assess whenevaluating a skin lesion, think of 
 A, B, C, D
A
for asymmetry
B
for border
C
for color and conguration
D
for diameter and drainage.
6. To remember that
 cones
are cells inthe eyes that respond to color, think of brightly colored
ice cream
cones.7. To remember which direction to movethe syringe when you want to slow downthe flow through the tube, think of …
lower is slower, or …
slow DOWN.
8. To remember the meaning of myasthenia
 gravis
think of 
 grave
muscle weakness.
9. To remember the progression o
 ARDS,
think of …
A
ssault to the pulmonary system
R
espiratory distress
D
ecreased lung compliance
S
evere respiratory failure.
10.To remember the progression osigns and symptoms of Lyme disease,remember
LIME
L
esions, lymph node swelling, like the flu (Stage 1)
I
nnervation problems, such as meningitis andperipheral neuropathy (Stage 2)
M
ovement problems, such as arthritis (Stage 3)
E
verything else, such as myocarditis andarrhythmia (Stage 3).
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