Welcome to Episode 172 of the Nursing Show

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New Diabetes Test Detect Disease 10 Years Before Occurrence

Nurse Home Visits Meet Growing Health Care Demand

Studies Being Done for Sudden Athlete Death Prevention


Tip This Week- Caffeine Overdoses Toxicology Segment

Caffeine is a stimulant, producing alertness, restlessness and hyperactivity, but it’s also a cardiovascular stimulant, causing tachycardia and an increase in blood pressure.

Other than coffee, drinks containing caffeine include tea, cola soft drinks and energy drinks. The most common symptoms following the ingestion of large doses are nausea and vomiting, which can be severe and protracted. Caffeine is a diuretic so consuming large amounts can lead to dehydration. With very large doses, more serious effects can occur, including dysrhythmias such as supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, and ventricular tachycardia, seizures, metabolic acidosis, low potassium levels and cardiovascular collapse.

for more information on caffeine overdoses, follow the links below.

Maryland Poison Center

Medicine Net on Caffeine



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