Reducing Congestive Heart Failure Complications

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Reducing Congestive Heart Failure Complications Michael Tijunait RN-BSN Student
 The University of Texas Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation In partial fulfillment of the requirements of N4325 Nursing Research
 Regina Urban, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN September 07, 2016 Reducing Congestive Heart Failure Complications Individuals with end stage decompensated congestive heart failure (CHF) will often be admitted to the hospital when complications arise. This is often the case because treatments (such as intravenous medications) needed to deal with the various complications of CHF require interventions that need to be administered by a team of medical staff with close monitoring of the patient. According to the CDC website report Hospitalizations for Congestive Heart Failure: United States 2000 -2010, 5.8 million people suffer from CHF in the United States, and hospitalization rates for individuals under the age of 65 with CHF increased significantly from 23% to 29% with rates for men higher compared to women. Fluid retention that is unresponsive to oral diuretic treatments is one of the most common situations that lead to a hospital admission (Austin, Hockey, Williams, & Hutchison, 2013). Detecting early signs of decompensated heart failure could help reduce the need for a hospital admission and improve the quality of life for those with end stage CHF by allowing treatment to occur in the home setting that might normally be provided in the hospital
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