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July 21, 2016


ACTION - Comment on neonatal CNS standards

EVIDENCE - Timing of RRT

NEWS - B. cepacia complex outbreak

AACN UPDATE - 2017 Circle of Excellence nominations




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CDC webinar on opioid guidelines

Register for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) free one-hour webinar “CDC Recommendations for Nonopioid Treatments in the Management of Chronic Pain,” July 27 at 2 p.m. ET.


Comment on neonatal CNS standards

Comment by Aug. 19 on “Education Standards, Curriculum Guidelines, and Competencies for the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist,” developed by a task force created by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.


Seeking novice nurses for study on end-of-life care

Ruby Chu, a doctorate student at the University of Phoenix, is seeking novice nurses to be interviewed as part of a study on their experiences with end-of-life care. For more information or to participate, email Chu or call 281-414-1113.


Participate in study on nurses and family caregivers

Breanna Hetland, postdoctoral fellow at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, invites critical care nurses to participate in a research study on factors that influence nurses’ attitudes and behaviors, to engage family caregivers in ICU care. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and afterward the first 100 participants can enter their email address to receive a $5 Starbucks electronic gift card. Please email Hetland with your questions, or call 216-368-3067.



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CE article in July’s American Journal of Critical Care

A CE article on trauma patients’ hospital resource usage finds that those with more severe injuries, not those with a higher body mass index, require more resources.


From July’s American Journal of Critical Care

Although the most common method to privilege acute care nurse practitioners for invasive procedures is proctoring by a supervising physician, the amount of proctoring varies.


Timing of RRT

A study published July 14 finds that early vs. delayed start of renal-replacement therapy (RRT) does not significantly affect the mortality of patients with severe acute kidney injury, although a delayed start avoids the need for RRT in an “appreciable number” of patients.


Effect of ondansetron on QT interval

Prolonged QT interval is common in pediatric ICU patients receiving ondansetron, concludes a study released in July. Risk factors for prolongation include electrolyte abnormalities and organ dysfunction.


Goals on white board

A study published in July indicates that displaying daily patient goals on a white board through a write-down/read-back process improves team members’ understanding of the goals in a cardiac pediatric ICU and increases parents’ satisfaction.



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From the FDA

On July 12, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Alere Inc. is recalling its INRatio and INRatio2 PT/INR Monitoring System because of possible inaccurate results.


World Hepatitis Day, July 28

The World Health Organization (WHO) designated July 28 as World Hepatitis Day. WHO is asking people to sign up to help eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. About 1.4 million die each year from viral hepatitis. Access a free webinar.


CDC updates B. cepacia complex outbreak

On July 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded its recommendation not to use “any liquid docusate product as a stool softener or for any other medical purpose” to all patient populations as part of its investigation into the multistate outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) complex. As of July 18, 49 cases have been confirmed in five states, and CDC confirmed one liquid docusate product with B. cepacia complex growth.



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Drugs and heart failure

Download “Drugs That May Cause or Exacerbate Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.”


Zika virus guidance

View the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage on the Zika virus, including the Draft Interim Response Plan.



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2017 Circle of Excellence nominations

Nominate your peers and colleagues for the 2017 AACN Circle of Excellence awards, which recognize up to 25 individuals who exemplify excellence in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Nominations close Aug. 1.


Live AACN webinar on organ donation

Saving a Life: Caring for the Potential Organ Donor,” a free AACN webinar, takes place Thursday, Aug. 11, 10-10:45 a.m. PT. Speaker Richard Arbour, a critical care and neuroscience clinical nurse specialist, will discuss optimal timing for viable organ donation; early intervention allows time for evaluation and also a discussion with the family. Free registration includes the live webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording. CE is available.


It Matters

President’s Note from July’s AACN Bold Voices
It Matters — Clareen Wiencek, AACN President 2016-2017



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Arterial Blood Gases Made Easy, 2nd ed.

Author: I. Hennessey, A. Japp
(Pocket Guide, 176 pages, 2016)
Product Code:128910
ISBN: 9780702061905

Over half the book is devoted to 30 clinical case scenarios involving analysis of arterial blood gases (ABGs), helping the reader gain proficiency in interpretation and an appreciation for the role of an ABG in guiding clinical diagnosis and management. each of the 30 clinical scenarios requires interpretation of an ABG as the end point and has a two-page spread. The first page includes history and examination findings, with or without other important test results. The opposing page shows the ABG result in the style of a computer printout with a series of questions. Each scenario has a corresponding question and explanation at the back of the book.

Member Price: $30.25 (Non-Member: $31.99)





Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support Course, 2nd ed.

Author: J. Dunning
(Book, 87 pages, 2012)
Product Code:100125
ISBN: 9781471000300

This book teaches everything you need to know about caring for the critically ill patient after cardiac surgery and the protocol for arrests after cardiac surgery as ratified by the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the European Resuscitation Council.

Member Price: $17 (Non-Member: $17.90)





The Art of Communication in Nursing and Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Author: T. Raphael-Grimm
(Book, 200 pages, 2014)
Product Code:800113
ISBN: 9780826110558

Chapters apply mindfulness principles to challenging situations with examples that describe effective clinical behaviors as well as situations depicting pitfalls that may impede compassionate care. From a focus on everyday manners in difficult situations to beneficial approaches with challenging populations, the guide helps healthcare professionals confidently resolve common problems.

Member Price: $36 (Non-Member: $40)





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