CriticalCare eNewsline — April 23, 2015

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April 23, 2015


ACTION - Sepsis conference

EVIDENCE - Nurse-physician collaboration

NEWS - Increase in Shigella intestinal illness

AACN UPDATE - Bookstore discount for members




The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.



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ANA seeks comments on draft position statement

The American Nurses Association (ANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, is requesting public comments from nurses, students and other stakeholders on the draft position statement “Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence,” developed by a 25-member panel that received recommendations from hundreds of nurses. The panel is developing the position statement and detailed guidance for RNs and employers. Submit your comments by April 30, 5 p.m. ET.


Register for sepsis conference

Register for “Sepsis Without Walls: Ensuring All Patients Receive Optimal, Time-Sensitive Care,” Sept. 25 at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. The conference, a partnership between the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Mount Prospect, Illinois, and Johns Hopkins, will “focus on strategies to identify, diagnose and manage patients who present with signs and symptoms of sepsis, irrespective of their care unit.”



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Article in CCN addresses nurse-physician collaboration

Nurse-Physician Collaboration and Hospital-Acquired Infections in Critical Care,” an article in April’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), examines the relationship between collaboration and two common elements of patient care directly affected by nursing practice: ventilator-associated pneumonia and catheter-associated bloodstream infection.


From March’s Pediatric Critical Care Medicine:

Current Medication Practice and Tracheal Intubation Safety Outcomes From a Prospective Multicenter Observational Cohort Study” finds fentanyl, midazolam and ketamine are the most commonly used induction medications, and most tracheal intubations involve neuromuscular blockade.

A Multicentered Prospective Analysis of Diagnosis, Risk Factors, and Outcomes Associated With Pediatric Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia” notes that patients with this type of pneumonia have “longer length of stay, longer duration of mechanical ventilation and increased risk for mortality.”

Low Predictability of Three Different Noninvasive Methods to Determine Fluid Responsiveness in Critically Ill Children” concludes, “Dynamic preload variables such as stroke volume variation or respiratory variations in vena cava inferior diameter may not be useful for predicting fluid responsiveness in certain pediatric patient populations.”


Frontline nurse managers’ QI knowledge

April’s JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration includes “Educational Gaps and Solutions for Early-Career Nurse Managers’ Education and Participation in Quality Improvement,” which finds that fewer than one in three early-career frontline nurse managers reports being “very prepared” with quality improvement (QI) skills. Recommendations include teaching managers about root cause analysis, using national patient safety resources and applying information technology.


CLABSI outside the ICU

Prevalent factors in patients who are not in the ICU but have central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) include underlying hematologic malignancy, neutropenia and the presence of a peripherally inserted central catheter, according to “Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Non-ICU Inpatient Wards: A 2-Year Analysis,” in April’s Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.



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From the FDA

On April 16, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, announced that OriGen Biomedical, Austin, Texas, recalled one lot of 51 VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters, because the clear extension tube may separate from the hub where it’s inserted.


Increase in Shigella intestinal illness

International travelers are bringing intestinal illness caused by antibiotic-resistant Shigella sonnei bacteria to the U.S. and spreading it to others, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. The bacteria caused illness in 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico between May 2014 and February 2015. Details for clinicians and travelers are in “Importation and Domestic Transmission of Shigella sonnei Resistant to Ciprofloxacin – United States, May 2014-February 2015,” published April 3 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.



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Parenteral nutrition

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Bethesda, Maryland, has launched “Ensuring the Safe Use of Parenteral Nutrition,” an online resource that includes information on prescribing, daily nutrient requirements and monitoring.


Patient engagement strategy

Partnering to Improve Quality and Safety: A Framework for Working With Patient and Family Advisors,” from the Health Research & Educational Trust, Chicago, focuses on patient and family advisers on advisory councils, hospital committees and collaborative projects to improve quality and safety.



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Online bookstore — 15 percent discount for members only — two days left!

Celebrate spring with a 15 percent discount in AACN’s Online Bookstore until April 24, midnight PT. You don’t need a promo code; the discount is applied automatically at checkout. For already discounted items, members will receive either the 15 percent discount or the original product discount — whichever is higher. (Registration fees for conferences, other educational offerings and certification exams are not eligible for the discount.) In addition, members continue to receive free shipping on purchases of $50 or more throughout 2015.


Register for a free Sunrise Session at NTI

Sunrise Sessions, May 19 and 20, 7-8:30 a.m. PT, at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), San Diego, are free, educational presentations where experts discuss a wide variety of topics on nursing practice. You must be registered for NTI and then reserve a seat in advance through NTI Network; space is limited. Sessions include a plated breakfast and offer 1.0 continuing education recognition point.


New AACN online course addresses evolving care for older

AACN has 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 will 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.


Remembering Certified Nurses Day

How did you honor certified nurses and encourage eligible nurses to become certified during last month’s Certified Nurses Day celebrations? Send your photos, videos and success stories to with “Celebrate Certified Nurses” in the subject line.


Transitions – April 2015

Events in the lives of AACN members and friends


Focus the Flame

President's Note from April's AACN Bold Voices
“Become Resilient, Banish Burnout” — Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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Fast Facts for the Clinical Nursing Instructor, Clinical Teaching in a Nutshell, 2nd ed.

Author: E. Zabat Kan, S. Stabler-Haas
(Book, 183 pages, 2014)
Product Code:120579
ISBN: 9780826118943

This book describes policies and procedures instructors must be familiar with and reviews legal issues including confidentiality and patient privacy. Proper documentation and student evaluations are discussed as well as how to conduct student clinical conferences. Also covered are ways to make efficient use of on-site personnel and the instructor's responsibility regarding NCLEX preparation. This is a valuable resource for nurses who are beginning their professional teaching career and for seasoned faculty trying to optimize the learning experience for their students.

Member Price: $33.25 (Non-Member: $35)





CCRN Pens 12 pack

(Pens, 2013)
Product Code:402100

Make a bold statement about CCRN certification with this retractable, metallic ballpoint pen. A white CCRN logo and chrome accents complement the vibrant blue pen, which features a non-slip rubber grip.

Member Price: $10 (Non-Member: $12)





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Perioperative Services & Critical Care RNs – NYU Langone

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Pediatric Nurse Open House – University of Virginia Health System

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UVA Children's Hospital seeks RNs with at least one year of pediatric experience. Learn more about career opportunities at Pediatric Nurse Open House, April 23, 9am-12pm.
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The Certification Practice Specialist leads the development, review and validation of acute and critical care nursing content for AACN's certification products.
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