Discussion Prompt

Resources are an important part of daily practice.  Identify and describe two resources you have seen being used in clinic that are helpful in determining diagnosis, assessment or treatment plans.  Citation and reference required.


Week 5: Discussion Question – Clinical Resources

Clinical Resources

            A magnetic resonance imaging device is an important resource essential for daily practice. It employs a noninvasive technology that helps diagnose, disease detection, and monitoring treatment (Morris & Slesnick, 2018). Three dimensional comprehensive images are produced when detecting direction change of protons’ rational axis in water found in living tissues. The device consists of magnets that produce radiofrequency current passed through the sufferer’s magnetic properties resulting from the radiofrequency field being turned off and protons realigning with the magnetic field help doctors discern the difference between numerous types of protons. During the scan, the patient must remain unmoved in the device to obtain a clear image. Usually, the patient is given contrast agents such as gadolinium before or during imaging. The agents hasten proton realigning with the magnetic field. Image brightness depends on the pace of the protons realigning with the magnetic field.

           An infusion pump is another medical resource essential in daily care.  There are ambulatory and stationary infusion pumps. The device is used to convey fluids in the form of medication and nutrients to patients.  Drugs such as pain relievers, antibiotics, insulin, and hormones are pumped through the device. The delivery is always controlled. A trained user operates the device while programming the rate and duration of delivering the fluids. An infusion pump consists of built-in interface software that helps in the programming and automating intervals.  The resource has safety measures.  Features such as alarms alert the user when there is a fault or blockage in the tube used to deliver the fluids (Yu et al., 2017). The device can alert the user in case of a harmful drug interaction.


Morris, S. A., & Slesnick, T. C. (2018). Magnetic resonance imaging. Visual Guide to Neonatal Cardiology, 104-108. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118635520.ch16

Yu, D., Hsu, K. Y., Kim, J. H., & DeLaurentis, P. (2017, September). Infusion pump informatics approach to quantify impact of alerts and alarms on healthcare delivery. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 681-685). Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1541931213601657

NR505 Week 6 Discussion: Statistical and Clinical Significance

The difference between statistically significant results and clinical significance is very interesting. For this discussion, respond to each of the following topics.

Distinguish between statistical and clinical significance of results.
Would it be possible to have research study results that supported the acceptance of the null hypothesis and demonstrate clinical significance? Provide a hypothetical example that supports your answer.
If you question the credibility of the results from a qualitative study, would the information have clinical significance for your practice area? Why or why not? Provide a hypothetical example that supports your answer.


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  2. The use of a dictionary is not allowed for this assignment.
  3. The textbook required for this course and lesson information may not be used as a reference for this assignment.
  4. A minimum of 7 (seven) scholarly references must be used.
  5. When presenting information from a published resource, past tense verbs are required.
  6. Title page, body of paper, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the 6th edition of the manual. This includes the use of headings for each section or topic (except for introduction) of the paper.
  7. The paper (excluding the title page and references page) should be at least 5 pages but not more than 8 pages long. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements (too short or too long)
  8. Ideas and information that come from readings must be cited and referenced correctly.
  9. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal written work as found in the 6th edition of the APA manual.
  10. Past tense verbs are used when presenting information from published resources.