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31 Cards in this Set

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assess for meningitis

- photophobia
- nuchal rigidity (flexion difficult)
- kernig's sign - bend, extend, sciatic nerve pain
- brudzinski's sign - flex neck, knees bend
meningitis prophylaxis
- vaccinate H. influenzae, S. pneumoniae
- prohpylactic antibiotics - rifampin, cipro, ceftriaxone
medical management meningitis
- vancomycin + cephalosporin (ceftriaxone)
- adjunct dexamethasone (anti-inflamm) 15-20 min before first dose of antibiotics
- treat dehydration, shock, seizures
seizure med used for meningitis and other seizure
phenytoin (dilantin)
Nursing meningitis
- frequent VS and LOC assess
- monitor pulseox and ABG, inc ICP may cause resp distress
- monitor BP for shock, HF
- monitor temp, fever inc heart workload and brain metabolism

- seizure precautions
- immobility complications - pressure ulcers, pneumonia
- infection control - droplet precautions, until 24h post Ab therapy
meningitis infection control
- droplet precautions until 24h post initiation of Ab therapy
Cushing's triad
SS of inc ICP
- bradycardia
- irregular respirations
- widening pulse pressure/ htn
brain abcess
- collection of infected material in brain
- usually in immunocompromised patients, secondary to otitis media or rhinosinusitis
SS brain abcess
- morning HA, fever, vomiting, focal deficits ie weakness or vision problems
- cushing's triad (inc ICP)
brain abcess treatment
- control ICP
- drain abcess
- antibiotic depends on organism
- corticosteriod reduce inflamm
- antiseizure phenytoin (dilantin)
causes of encephalitis
- Arbovirus - vector-borne (west nile and St. louis)
- fungal
treatment for encephalitis
HSV - acyclovir
arbovirus - interferon
fungal - amphotericin B/ oral fluconazole
amphotericin B adverse reactions
- renal insufficiency serious reaction
- flulike effects - administer dephenydramine (Benadryl) and acetominophen 30 min prior to prevent
Creutzfeldt- Jakob disease
vCJD disease
- prions, developing spongiform encephalopathies
- resistnat to sterilization

vCJD - transmissible from beef
CJD - genetically acquired

no treatment available
transmssion of vCJD
- blood, corneal transplant
- beef
clinical manifestations of vCJD and CJD
- behavioral changes, sensory disturbance, limb pain
- msucle spasms, dysarthria, incoordination

- ataxia, visual disturbance
- memory loss, involn mvmt, paralysis, mutism
MS vs myasthenia gravis vs guillain-barre
MS - progressive autoimmune demylenation, fatigue

myasthenia gravis
- autoimmune attack against acetylcholine receptors in neuromuscular junction
- diplopia, ptosis, generalized weakness, respiratory, bulbar

- autoimmune ascending peripheral demyelination
- follows viral infection
- schwann cells spared, so complete recovery possible
- respiratory bulbar involvment
Nursing interventions MS
- promote physical activity to strengthen weakening muscles to point just short of fatigue
- minimize spasticity and contractures - warm baths may help, but be careful with temp due to sensory loss
- stretch-hold-relax to muscle spasticity

effects of immobiligy
- pressure ulcers
- ataxia --> walk with feet wide support
- aproprioception --> watch feet while walking

-dysphagia --> suctioning available, positioning for feeding

- eye patch for diplopia
- prism glasses if confined to bed

bladder and bowel
- inability to empty bladder --> void 30 min after drinking
- constipation - adequate fluid and fiber
home management of MS
- extreme heat increases fatigue
- extreme cold increases spasticity
diagnosis of myasthenia gravis
- edrophonium chloride (Tensilon) test
- is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, which relieves facial and weakness and ptosis for 5 minutes if positive
- atropine is antidote for overdose (bardycardia, sweating, cramping)
complications of myasthenia gravis
myasthenic crisis
- severe general weakness, respiratory and bulbar weakness
- usually due to respiratory infection
- may need intubatoni and mechanical ventilation

Cholinergic crisis
- severe muscle weakness and respiratory and bulbar weakness caused by OD of cholinesterase inhibitors
treatment of myasthenia gravis
- acetylcholinesterase inhibitors
- plasmapharesis
- thymectomy
inability to move voluntarily
symptoms of guillain barre
- ascending weakness
- dyskinesia
- paresthesia
- hyporeflexia
- may produce respiraory failure, bulbar involvement
diagnostics guillain barre
- symmetci ascending weakness, hyporeflexia
- hx of viral illness previous few weeka
- elev CSF protein
medical management guillain barre
- medical emergency due to rapid progression
- resp therapy, mechanical ventilation
- plasmapharesis, IVIG
nursing guillain barre
respiratory depression
- monitorl
- mechanical vent, inubation, suctioning

bulbar paralysis (impaired swallow)
- suctioning
- gastrostomy tube

immobility - risk for DVT
- passive ROM 2x daily
- change of postion q2h
-adequate hydration, stockings, anticoag etc

paralytic ileus - TPN

- cannot talk due to paralysis
- establish commincation system (picutres, blinking)
tic doloreux
- trigeminal neuralgia
- pain usually V2 and V3 (maxillary and mandibular)
- antiseizure meds - tegretol, neurontin
- antispasmodic med - baclofen
bell's palsy
- unilateral inflammation ov CNVII facial nerve
facial vs trigeminal
facial nerve - CNVII - motor (bell's palsy)

trigeminal nerve - CNV - sensory (tic doloreux - neuralgia)
MS spasticity treatment
- Baclofen
- Valium
- Dantrolene sodium