CriticalCare eNewsline — October 20, 2016

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October 20, 2016


ACTION - Healthy work environments event

EVIDENCE - Esophageal balloon monitoring

NEWS - From the FDA

AACN UPDATE - Redesigned website debuts soon!




We all need energy to maintain and energy to change.
~ Janice Mink, AACN clinical content specialist




Redesigned AACN website debuts

AACN will soon have a redesigned website. The site — which premieres next week — has been created with the needs of the AACN community in mind and will have a cleaner design that is more intuitive, easier to navigate and optimized for viewing on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. It will also contain new features, such as nurse stories, in addition to the clinical resources you have come to expect. Look for it next week at, and please let us know what you think.



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Participate in research studies

Linda Chlan, Jill Guttormson, Breanna Hetland and Mary Fran Tracy invite nurses to share their opinions about nurses’ sedation administration practices and beliefs by completing a 25-item, confidential survey. Those who complete the survey may enter a drawing for one iPad Air. Email Chlan with your questions, or call her at 507-255-7859.

Cara Chandler, a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is seeking nurses to participate in a survey on how nurse beliefs and attitudes influence end-of-life practice. The confidential survey takes about 15 minutes. Please email Chandler or Lisa Chiodo with your questions.

A research team at Brown University Alpert Medical School invites nurses to participate in a confidential survey to help better understand how incentive spirometry affects nurses and their patients. The survey takes about five minutes. Email Adam Eltorai, principal investigator, with your questions.


Healthy work environments

Register for "Creating Healthy Work Environments," an event from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, March 17-19, 2017, in Indianapolis.



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From October’s Critical Care Nurse

Esophageal balloon monitoring provides critical information for selecting ventilation strategies to use in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.


CE article in October’s Critical Care Nurse

A deeper understanding of the ethical issues involved when withdrawing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can mitigate the moral uncertainty of these difficult situations.


PPIs don’t increase CDI risk

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) do not increase the risk of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in the ICU, but they do decrease the risk of CDI in patients also receiving antibiotics, according to a study published Aug. 30.



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Economic burden of not being vaccinated

The economic burden of vaccine-preventable diseases in 2015 was approximately $8.95 billion, according to a study published in October, and unvaccinated people accounted for almost 80 percent ($7.1 billion) of that amount.


From the FDA

On Oct. 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its safety communication on Mycobacterium chimaera infections related to use of the Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler System (3T), LivaNova PLC, in patients who have undergone cardiothoracic surgery.

On Oct. 11, the FDA announced that St. Jude Medical recalled its Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator devices because of the potential for premature battery depletion.



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Shift-work education

Access free online education about shift work and long work hours for nurses, as well as strategies to reduce associated health and safety risks.


Safe use of copy and paste in EHRs

Download a toolkit on the safe use of copy and paste in electronic health records (EHRs).



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Webinar on brain death

AACN presents its next live webinar, “Brain Death: Confounders, Testing and Clinical Issues,” Nov. 10, 10-10:45 a.m. PT. Presenter Richard Arbour, a clinical nurse specialist, will discuss the clinical definition of brain death and the process of serial assessments and apnea testing, including clinical implications for families. Variables that can confound test results are also explained. Free registration includes the live webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording. CE is available.


Save the date for Houston: housing is open for NTI

AACN’s annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) is May 22-25, 2017, in Houston (preconferences May 21). NTI offers 37.5 CE contact hours via live sessions, and additional self-study during and for a limited time after the conference. Find out more about the city, and get a head start planning for NTI:

Put in your request early for reimbursement or time off.

Book your hotel now for the best selection and discounted rates; reservations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the housing site for a list of hotels and rates, and to make your reservation; call 800-340-1840 with your questions.


Submit nominations for chapter awards

Nominate your choices for the 2017 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize contributions and achievements that exemplify AACN’s mission, vision and values Review the award categories. Nominations close Nov. 1, 2016, except those for the President’s Award for Chapters, which close Feb. 15, 2017.


Call for DRL nominations

Participate in selecting the 2018 Distinguished Research Lecturer (DRL) by nominating a nationally recognized nurse researcher. Honorees, who are also AACN members, represent a legacy of contributions to acute and critical care nursing research. Please email a completed nomination form by Dec. 1.


It Matters

President’s Note from October’s AACN Bold Voices
Speaking Up About What Matters — Clareen Wiencek, AACN President 2016-2017




Featured Career Opportunities





Flight Nurse – LifeMed Alaska

Anchorage & Fairbanks, AK

Currently seeking qualified applicants for Flight Nurse positions in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Flight nurses are partnered with talented flight paramedics and typically work seven to ten 24-hour shifts per month. Competitive benefits package provided.
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Wentworth-Douglass Hospital – Experienced RNs Critical Care

Dover, NH

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is seeking experienced RNs in the ED, CCU and Cath Lab. Must be a graduate of an accredited nursing program with an active NH RN license.
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Pediatric Critical Care Charge Nurse – Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California

Sacramento, CA

Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California has an exceptional full-time opportunity for a Charge Registered Nurse to provide expertise and leadership on the night shift in our Intensive Care Unit.
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RN – Palmetto Health - $7,500-$15,000 sign-on bonus!

Columbia, SC

Opportunities with Palmetto Health available throughout critical care. Offering limited time sign-on bonuses. Please follow this link for details.
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