Elizabeth C Suddaby

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The purpose of this study was to develop a simple, single-page measurement tool that evaluates risk of skin breakdown in the peadiatric population and apply it to the acutely hospitalized child. Data were collected over a 15-month period from 347 patients on four in-patient units (PICU, medical-surgical, oncology, and adolescents) on skin breakdown using(More)
Neurodevelopmental outcome of children with congenital heart disease includes a wide spectrum of developmental disorders from language and learning disabilities to mental retardation, delayed development, and cerebral palsy. Numerous studies of cardiopulmonary bypass show that this procedure alone does not affect IQ, but length of circulatory arrest and pH(More)
This study was a retrospective review of 252 brain-dead potential donors from 1990 to 1996, including 5 organ donors in the peripartum period. The purpose of the study was to determine the effects of pregnancy on organ donor management and recipient outcome. Case analysis of 5 pregnant donors identified problems with hemodynamic stability and electrolyte(More)
Chylothorax is a collection of a white milky drainage from the lymphatic system within the thoracic cavity that can impair respiratory status as it accumulates. Management of this uncommon complication of thoracic surgery can include: total parenteral nutrition (TPN), low-fat enteral nutrition, thoracentesis to remove the chylous fluid, and surgical(More)
A retrospective analysis of the demographic features of all potential organ donors over a 3-year period (1994-1996) at one organ procurement organization was conducted. The potential donor pool of 495 people was 42% female and 58% male, with a slight difference in consent by gender. The mean income difference between donors and nondonors was less than $3000(More)
Psychosocial support during the waiting period for pediatric transplant recipients and their families is vital. This study describes the stress levels and coping techniques among parents of children awaiting cardiac transplant. Twenty-six parents of 18 children demonstrated a range of stress with 77% scoring at a moderate stress level. They perceived(More)
Heart transplantation has become an accepted therapy for terminal heart conditions in children. With the increasing incidence of pediatric heart transplantation, school nurses may find cardiac recipients in their schools. The article discusses physical and psychological considerations for managing these students. Among the physical considerations are work(More)
Normal growth and development are indicators of the success of infant cardiac transplantation. The clinical transplant coordinator must be aware of age-appropriate milestones in gross motor, fine motor, language, cognitive, and social skills, so that accurate assessment and early intervention can be instituted. In this review of five cases, gross motor(More)