CriticalCare eNewsline — January 22, 2015

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January 22, 2015


ACTION - Participate in survey

EVIDENCE - Aspects of ICU recovery

NEWS - Mass decontamination guide

AACN UPDATE - Webinar: nursing panel discusses Ebola




Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. ~ Maya Angelou



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HRSA accepting application

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Rockville, Maryland, is accepting applications by Feb. 26:

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program helps RNs committed to caring for underserved people. Applicants must be employed full time (at least 32 hours per week) at an eligible critical shortage facility.

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program awards funds to eligible institutions to pay full or partial costs of tuitions, books and educational fees of licensed RNs enrolled as full-time students in an anesthesia program.


Submit abstract for international critical care conference

“One Step Further: The Pursuit of Excellence in Critical Care” is the theme for the 12th Congress of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Seoul, Korea. Submit an abstract by Feb. 28, and register by May 30 to save $100.


Participate in study on detecting deterioration in ICU patients

Julia Eberwine, a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati, invites nurses serving in a designated unit-based critical care educator role to participate in the survey “Methods Utilized to Assess Critical Care Nurses’ Ability to Detect the Deteriorating Patient and the Perceived Effectiveness of Those Methods.” The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Please email Eberwine with your questions, or call her at 513-585-0450.



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Article in AJCC compares lateral rotation techniques

Manual vs. Automated Lateral Rotation to Reduce Preventable Pulmonary Complications in Ventilator Patients,” in January’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that automated turning decreases preventable pulmonary complications with time but has little effect on secondary outcomes. Both techniques have similar safety outcomes.


CNE article in AJCC discusses multidimensional aspects of ICU recovery

Physical Recovery in Intensive Care Unit Survivors: A Cohort Analysis,” a CNE article in January’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that interventions to target multidimensional aspects of recovery such as sleep and exercise may result in improved physical function after critical illness.


Mortality and readmission rates for ICU patients

For every 100 patients discharged from the ICU, on average four to six will be readmitted to the ICU, and three to seven will die before hospital discharge, according to “A Meta-Analysis to Derive Literature-based Benchmarks for Readmission and Hospital Mortality After Patient Discharge From Intensive Care,” published online Dec. 31, 2014, in Critical Care.


Telemedicine increases access to critical care

Critical Care Telemedicine: Evolution and State of the Art,” in November 2014’s Critical Care Medicine, concludes, “Implementation of an ICU telemedicine program is one practical way to increase access and reduce mortality as well as length of stay.”


Liberal glycemic control strategy after CABG leads to better management

Impact of Perioperative Glycemic Control Strategy on Patient Survival After Coronary Bypass Surgery,” published in October 2014 in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, notes that a liberal glycemic control strategy after coronary artery bypass (CABG) leads to survival rates similar to those obtained with a strict target range.


Reducing depressive symptoms after delivery

Prenatal Hatha yoga “may improve current mood and may be effective in reducing postpartum depressive symptoms,” according to “The Effect of Prenatal Hatha Yoga on Affect, Cortisol and Depressive Symptoms,” in the May 2014 Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.



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FDA investigating administration of simulated saline

On Jan. 14, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, announced that, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, it’s continuing to investigate multiple cases of patients receiving simulated IV saline solution, Practi-0.9% sodium chloride solution, manufactured by Wallcur, San Diego. More than 40 patients have received the saline solution, which is” not sterile and should not be injected in humans or animals.” One patient died, but it’s unclear if the death is related to the product. Wallcur initiated a recall Jan. 7.


Guide for mass decontamination

On Dec. 19, 2014, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs, both in Washington, published the nation’s first evidence-based guidance for mass decontamination. “Patient Decontamination in a Mass Chemical Exposure Incident: National Planning Guidance for Communities,” organizes recommendations by functional components of a rescue.


News from TJC

On Jan. 13, The Joint Commission (TJC), Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, launched the Infection Prevention and Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Portal, which merges two previous infection prevention resources into one expanded tool.

On Jan. 12, TJC posted “Sustaining and Spreading Improvement in Hand Hygiene Compliance,” a collection of new journal articles.


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Ebola case studies

A Case of Severe Ebola Virus Infection Complicated by Gram-Negative Septicemia,” in The New England Journal of Medicine, Dec. 18, 2014, suggests that even severe infection “can be treated effectively with routine intensive care.”

Severe Ebola Virus Disease With Vascular Leakage and Multiorgan Failure: Treatment of a Patient in Intensive Care,” online Dec. 18, 2014, in The Lancet, presents a case study of the successful treatment of a male physician who contacted Ebola in Sierra Leone and was treated in Frankfurt, Germany.


AHRQ summary of hip fracture guideline

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Maryland, posted a summary of “Management of Hip Fractures in the Elderly: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline,” from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois.



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Live webinar Feb. 12: Nursing panel to discuss care of patients with Ebola

At AACN’s next live webinar, “The Nurses’ Perspective: Caring for an Ebola Patient,” Thursday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. PT, a panel of nurses from Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, will describe their daily experience caring for the recent patients with Ebola, including lessons learned. The nurses will also address how they are trained during isolation procedures. Free registration includes the webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording. CNE is available. Note: This webinar is extended to 45 minutes to allow time for participant questions.


Discount for PCCN certification review on-demand

AACN offers nurses who seek PCCN certification a comprehensive review course to help prepare for the exam. The on-demand version of the PCCN course is provided at a 50 percent discount when purchased with the exam application through April 30. Based on a live webinar, the course features interactive learning and 13 hours of CNE. Discounted on-demand prices for members/nonmembers are $79.50/$99.50. Without the exam, on-demand prices are $159/$199. The CD-ROM costs $179/$199. Learn more, and purchase the course.


Transitions – January 2015

Read about your co-workers and colleagues who gave a presentation, found a new job, wrote an article, etc., on, a regular column in AACN Bold Voices, which is included here for your reference. Please email with your name, position, employer name/city/state and your transition if you would like to be included in a future issue.


Focus the Flame

President's Note from January's AACN Bold Voices
“Focus on Abundance” — Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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