Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

7-24-2018

Document Type

Project

Course Number

5330-OL1

Course Name

Nursing

Professor’s Name

Dr. John Chovan, PhD., DNP, RN, CNP, CNS

Keywords

Vascular, Endothelial, Glycocalyx, Surface Layer

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

Vascular endothelial glycocalyx is a fragile, gel-like substance found on the inside of the luminal wall of blood vessels. When damaged, either by hyperglycemia, hypoxia, hypervolemia, or inflammation, this fragile structure is degraded leaving the endothelium exposed. Damaged endothelial glycocalyx causes many side effects including edema, blood vessel vasodilation, and coagulopathy. Despite the lack of treatment options, treating the underlying cause and preventing degradation by avoiding triggers is paramount in reducing morbidity and mortality.

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Nursing Commons

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