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Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium.  Pericarditis is usually caused by bacterial, fungal or viral infections.  Assessment findings of Pericarditis, includes a pericardial rub (which is a grating sound that is heard when the heart moves)

Quick nclex Review on Cardiogenic Shock for the nclex

  • The signs and symptoms for cardiogenic shock includes cold, clammy skin, hypotension, narrow pulse pressure and oliguria (nclex).
  • During a cardiogenic shock the ECG would show a myocardial infarcion  (MI) nclex.
  • Treatments for a cardiogenic shock to know for the nclex would include the intra-aortic baloon pump, adrenergic agents such as: epinephrine, cardiac glycosides such as digoxin (lanoxin), cardiac inotropes and diuretics, such as furosemide (lasic)
  • Key interventions to know for the nclex exam in regards with cardiogenic shock inclides assess the cardiovascular status and assessing the respiratory status.  Administer IV fluids, oxygen and medications as prescribed by the doctor.

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