Using Walden University Library
The peer-reviewed article chosen for this assignment is Falls in Older Adults Prevention, Mortality, and Costs. (Pahor, 2019) This article was chosen based on my field of study as a Family Nurse Practitioner and the importance of fall prevention in the elderly population.
The Walden University Library was used to search for peer-reviewed articles. The Ulrich’s: Verify Peer Review database was used to search for the article. (WUL, 2019) This database offers several options for journal websites. Examples of editorial websites include APA’s review policy for authors, Management Science Journal’s Submission Guidelines, and Journal of the American Medical Association Instruction for Authors. Each editorial website offers a different database to search for articles. The Journal of the American Medical Association Instruction for Authors was chosen to search for articles on fall prevention in the elderly community. The search yielded numerous articles, including Falls in the Older Adults Prevention, Mortality, and Costs.
The initial search in the database yielded zero results. Walden University Library offers tutorials to assist with navigating the website. After watching a short tutorial on how to use keywords in the search engine, a second search yielded over 400 results of journals. I would recommend this database to search for research articles. The database is easy to use and yields numerous articles based on scientific research.
Pahor M. Falls in Older Adults: Prevention, Mortality, and Costs. Jama. 2019;321(21):2080-2081.doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6569
Walden University Library. (n.d.). Instructional media: Fundamentals of library research. Retrieved October 4, 2019 from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/libaray/instructionalmedia/researchfundamentals
Article Chosen: Evaluating the utility of Rapid Response EEG in Emergency Care
“Timely management of non-convulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) is critical in improving patient outcomes.”(Wright et al., 2021). Patients entering the emergency department with a suspected seizure normally present with tonic-clonic seizure activity. This presentation prompts the timely use of supplemental oxygen, benzodiazepines, and anti-seizure medications. However, patients can also be suffering from NCSE but presenting with only an altered level of consciousness. Those patients not showing the “hallmark” signs of a seizure will either spend hours for a diagnosis by an EEG machine or have a missed diagnosis all together. We also have patients presenting with seizure activity who are not having true seizure activity. Rapid response EEG devices can diagnose seizures in a timely and accurate manner and prevent delays in treatment. “Limited access to electroencephalography (EEG) currently hampers timely diagnosis and treatment of non-convulsive seizures and status epilepticus.” (Wright et al., 2021). As an emergency department nurse, I have seen numerous patients who could have benefitted from this emergent device. Owing to us being a primary stroke center and not a comprehensive stroke center, we transfer all of our hemorrhagic strokes to a neurological hospital. We also transfer large vessel occlusions in the intervention window to comprehensive stroke facilities. This population of patients and the stroke patients who remain in our hospital in an altered mental state would benefit from an emergent seizure workup.
To locate this article, I utilized the Walden University Library “start your research” function and selected “nursing” in the “research by subject” window. From there, I searched “Ceribell,” which is a rapid EEG device, and my article was the fourth option in the list of results. The search engine, The Walden University Library, directed me to was “EBSCO Discovery Science.” I normally use PubMed from my academic searches and I feel as if EBSCO had a very similar layout. I had no difficulty locating my selected article for this assignment. I believe that this database would be very beneficial to my colleagues as it is extremely easy to navigate. The database also allows the user to refine their search by discipline and peer reviewed scholarly journals only. I would recommend this database as it is user friendly and provides valuable articles beneficial to both professional and academic research.
Subject research: Nursing: Home. Academic Guides. (n.d.). Retrieved June 22, 2022, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/subject/nursing
Wright, N. M., Madill, E. S., Isenberg, D., Gururangan, K., McClellen, H., Snell, S., Jacobson, M. P., Gentile, N. T., & Govindarajan, P. (2021). Evaluating the utility of rapid response EEG in emergency care. Emergency Medicine Journal, 38(12), 923–926. https://doi.org/10.1136/emermed-2020-210903