CriticalCare eNewsline — May 21, 2015

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May 21, 2015


EVIDENCE - Importance of vaccination

NEWS - Full-practice authority in Maryland

RESOURCES - Patient safety on YouTube channel

AACN UPDATE - NTI 2015 evaluations due




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Register for webinar on reducing CAUTI

Register for the one-hour webinar “Driving to Zero: Using Evidence to Guide the CAUTI Reduction Journey,” June 2 at 10 a.m. PT, presented by Kathleen Vollman, ambassador, World Federation of Critical Care Nurses. The webinar will focus on strategies to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).


Hospitals invited to participate in project

Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Baltimore, invites hospitals to participate in the “comprehensive unit-based safety program for mechanically ventilated patients-ventilator associated pneumonia (CUSP 4 MVP-VAP)” project. Orientation will begin in late July with project implementation starting in September and running through August 2016. There is no fee to participate, and registration closes Aug. 31.



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Editorial in AJCC discusses importance of vaccination

Measles 2015: Why Public Health Matters to Critical Care,” an editorial in May’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), reviews why lack of vaccination is important to critical care providers, including critical care admissions for preventable diseases. Clinicians can leverage their reputation as credible sources of health advice to correct misinformation and encourage vaccination.


CE article in AJCC reviews InSPiRE protocol

Reducing Pressure Injuries in Critically Ill Patients by Using a Patient Skin Integrity Care Bundle (InSPiRE),” in May’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that using the InSPiRE protocol results in a lower cumulative incidence of pressure injuries and fewer and less-severe pressure injuries over time.


Gender differences among patients with atrial fibrillation

May-June’s Heart & Lung includes “Gender Differences in Stroke, Mortality, and Hospitalization Among Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review,” which says that women with atrial fibrillation have more strokes, but that differences in mortality and hospitalization are equivocal.



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Maryland grants full-practice authority

On May 12, Maryland became the 21st state, plus the District of Columbia, to give nurse practitioners full-practice authority. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Austin, Texas, the law “allows patients in all areas of the state to directly receive the full scope of services that nurse practitioners are educated and clinically trained to deliver.”



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Patient safety on YouTube channel

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland, has launched a patient safety channel on YouTube that features “videos of evidence-based training programs used by U.S. hospitals to improve care quality through effective communications and teamwork.”


Transport checklist

A Comprehensive Method to Develop a Checklist to Increase Safety of Intra-Hospital Transport of Critically Ill Patients,” published online May 7 in Critical Care, describes the process to develop and test the checklist, which received positive feedback from clinicians.



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Share your thoughts about NTI on Facebook

Tell us about your experiences, and let us know what you think about the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which closes today. Join the discussion on our Facebook page, post your photos and “like” us while you’re there. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s NTI, in New Orleans, May 15-19.


CE/CERP/Pharma evaluations due June 12

Track your evaluation of every NTI/API, ExpoEd, Sunrise and Poster session you attend. Enter your program and session evaluations, and print your certificate at Copies of CE/CERP/Pharma certificates issued are maintained at AACN in a secure, password-protected file for six years. You may enter evaluation information online during NTI or at home until midnight PT, June 12. After that date, you may only print your certificate.


AACN program receives editorial award

Hermes Creative Awards has recognized an AACN program, “Optimizing Care for Acutely Ill Older Adults,” as a 2015 Platinum Award Winner in Web Based Training. The awards are given to “creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies.”


New AACN online course addresses evolving care for older adults

AACN launched the e-learning course “Optimizing Care for Acutely Ill Older Adults” to help nurses care for older adults and prevent the unintended, costly consequences of critical illness. Nurses learn to differentiate between symptoms of usual aging and those arising from illness. A collaboration between AACN clinical staff and Alexandra Brock, the course features the latest evidence-based knowledge and assessments. Individuals and organizations can purchase it; 4.0 CE hours are available.


AACN scholarships support the future of our members

Continuing professional development scholarships enhance the value of AACN membership. Whether you seek learning through a national or local program, AACN scholarships support you in expanding your knowledge and skills to develop your career. Start your journey by visiting the Scholarships Web page, where you’ll see the many opportunities AACN scholarships have supported. Then read “Important Information for Scholarship Applicants” before you start your online application. Email with your questions.


Transitions – May 2015

Events in the lives of AACN members and friends


Focus the Flame

President's Note from May's AACN Bold Voices
“Why Ethics?” — Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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