August 1, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

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The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act requires that Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) be given to all vaccinees (or their parents or legal representatives) before certain vaccines are administered.

July 31, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
Immunocompromised children are at special risk from live vaccines. In the absence of an adequate immune response, the viruses or bacteria in these normally safe vaccines are able to multiply in profusion, thereby causing serious infection.

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July 30, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
Passive immunity is conferred by giving a patient preformed antibodies (immune globulins). Unlike active immunity, passive immunity protects immediately, but persists only as long as the antibodies remain in the body.

July 29, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
Active immunity develops in response to infection or to administration of a vaccine or toxoid. Active immunity takes weeks to develop, but is long lasting. Passive immunity is conferred by giving a patient preformed antibodies (immune globulins).

July 28, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
Immunization is a more inclusive term than vaccination, in that immunization refers to production of both active immunity and passive immunity, whereas vaccination refers to production of active immunity only.

July 27, 2015

#CarChronicles | First Semester & Resume Advice

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
A toxoid is a bacterial toxin that has been changed to a nontoxic form. Administration causes the recipient's immune system to manufacture antitoxins (antibodies directed against the natural bacterial toxin).

July 26, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

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There are two classes of vaccines: killed and live. Killed vaccines are composed of whole microbes or isolated components. In contrast, live, attenuated vaccines are composed of microbes that have been weakened or rendered avirulent. 

July 25, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
A vaccine is a preparation containing whole or fractionated microorganisms. Administration causes the recipient's immune system to manufacture antibodies directed against the microbe from which the vaccine was made.

July 24, 2015

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
Antibodies are a family of structurally related glycoproteins that mediate humoral immunity. The most characteristic feature of antibodies is their ability to recognize and bind with specific antigens.

July 23, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
Eosinophils attack and destroy foreign particles that have been coated with antibodies of the immunoglobulin E (IgE) class. Their usual target is helminths (parasitic worms). Eosinophils also contributes to tissue inflammation.

July 22, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

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Neutrophils, also known as polymorphonuclear leukocytes, phagocytize bacteria and other foreign particles. Neutrophils avidly devour cells that have been tagged with antibodies of the immunoglobulin G (IgG) class. 

July 21, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

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Dendritic cells perform the same antigen-presenting task as do macrophages. However, unlike macrophages, dendritic cells do not also serve as scavengers. Dendritic cells are found in lymph nodes and other lymphoid tissues.

July 20, 2015

#CarChronicles | Confidence & Critical Thinking

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
The primary function of macrophages is phagocytosis (ie, ingestion of microbes, other foreign material and cellular debris). In their role as phagocytes, macrophages are the principal scavengers of the body. 

July 19, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
Macrophages begin their existence in the bone marrow, enter the blood as monocytes and then infiltrate tissues, where they evolve into macrophages. Macrophages are present in all organs and tissues.

July 18, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
The term helper is somewhat misleading, in that it connotes a useful but dispensable role. Nothing could be further from reality. Helper T cells are not simply nice to have around, they are absolutely required for an effective immune response.

July 17, 2015

Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Category: Fundamentals 
Helper T cells contribute to the immune response by: (1) having an essential role in antibody production by B cells, (2) releasing factors that promote delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) and (3) participating in the activation of cytolytic T cells.