CriticalCare eNewsline — August 25, 2016

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August 25, 2016


EVIDENCE - Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool

NEWS - National CNS Recognition Week

RESOURCES - Children’s cardiovascular health

AACN UPDATE - New version of EPCCO




It is our strongest instinct to foster healing, calm fear, alleviate suffering, inspire hope and comfort the grieving.~ Karen McQuillan



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Participate in 2016 national CNS census

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) invites all nurses who identify themselves as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or were educated as a CNS to participate by Dec. 31 in the second biennial census, which is collecting information on demographics, education and practice. Complete the survey and be entered in a drawing for an Apple Watch or iPad and a drawing for a $250 NACNS gift certificate.


Join Nurses’ Health Study 3

Are you a nurse or nursing student over 19 years old who lives in the U.S. or Canada? If so, please join the Nurses Health Study 3 to contribute to groundbreaking research on “lifestyle, environment, nurses’ worklife, and wellness.” Nurses who enrolled in the studies have been “invaluable in recruiting new participants. Their passionate commitment and strong support are enormously appreciated.” Unlike the previous two studies, Nurses’ Health Study 3 includes men who are nurses to broaden the scope of research.



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From August’s Critical Care Nurse

Increased understanding of the risks and clinical effects of ingesting laundry detergent packets will better prepare critical care nurses to provide care for these children.


Validity of pain observation tool

The Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool is valid for assessing “sensory and affective components of pain” in postcardiac surgery ICU adults, according to a study published in September/October.



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National CNS Recognition Week

Sept. 1-7 is National CNS Recognition Week, when hospitals and healthcare systems pay tribute to and build awareness of the important role of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs). This year’s theme is “The Clinical Nurse Specialist: Leader in Building a Culture of Safety.” The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists also offers resources to promote the celebration. In addition, access CNS resources through AACN’s list of National CNS Standards and Guidelines.


Otulipenia, new disease that affects children

On Aug. 22 news release from the National Institutes of Health notes that its researchers have discovered otulipenia, a rare and sometimes fatal inflammatory disease that primarily affects children. Symptoms include “fever, skin rashes, diarrhea, joint pain, and overall failure to grow or thrive.”


From the FDA

On Aug. 19, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Sagent Pharmaceuticals recalled one lot of Oxacillin for Injection, USP, because of a report noting particulate matter in the solution after reconstitution.

On Aug. 18, the FDA announced that Arbor Pharmaceuticals recalled three lots of Cetylev (acetylcysteine) effervescent tablets for oral solution, 500 mg, because of an inadequate seal on the blister pack.



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Resolving disagreements about inappropriate treatment in ICU

An article for September discusses a policy statement that includes a “seven-step process to resolve disagreements about potentially inappropriate treatment” in the ICU.


Promoting children’s cardiovascular health

Download a scientific statement from the American Heart Association on promoting cardiovascular health in children, published online Aug. 11.



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Poster abstracts for NTI 2017 — Step I closing soon

The poster abstract submission process for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 21-25, 2017, in Houston, is open. Submission categories are Research and Evidence-based Solutions. Please read the Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines before submitting your abstract. Step I closes at 11:59 p.m. PT, Sept. 1, 2016, and Step II closes at 11:59 p.m. PT, Sept. 15, 2016. The submission process for Chapter Best Practice, CSI and Beacon posters opens in November. (Refer to the end of the webpage for poster information.)


New version of EPCCO launches

AACN has launched a new version of Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation (EPCCO). The course provides foundational nursing education on pediatric critical care, and imparts valuable knowledge and tools to care for the most fragile patients. The content is developed in collaboration with clinical content experts and Pediatric Learning Solutions (a division of Children’s Hospital Association).


Moral resilience symposium

State of the Science Symposium: Transforming Moral Distress to Moral Resiliency in Nursing,” Aug. 11-12 in Baltimore, resulted in a “consensus on recommendations for practice, education, research and policy areas to address moral distress and build moral resilience.” The program was a collaborative effort of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Berman Institute of Ethics, American Journal of Nursing and Journal of Christian Nursing, along with AACN and the American Nurses Association.


It Matters

President’s Note from August’s AACN Bold Voices
The Greatest Innovation — Clareen Wiencek, AACN President 2016-2017



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Respiratory Nuts and Bolts: A Quick Reference Guide for Medical Professionals

Author: M. Fischer
(Book, 127 pages, 2013)
Product Code:128906
ISBN: 9780982585610

This book is a culmination of every class the author has taught nurses. For the first time, all of the popular material is in one book. It is an easy-to-understand approach to many of the respiratory functions nurses are expected to be cross trained in. It includes all the material in “Mechanical Ventilation Made Easy,” which has had international success.

Member Price: $18 (Non-Member: $19.95)





Competency Assessment Field Guide, A Real World Guide for Implementation and Application

Author: D. Wright
(Book, 200 pages, 2015)
Product Code:128663
ISBN: 9781886624900

This guide includes creative solutions to common challenges and inspiration for the journey ahead.

Member Price: $31 (Non-Member: $34.95)





Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements

Author: American Nurses Association
(Book, 60 pages, 2015)
Product Code:140325
ISBN: 9781558105997

This is ANA's guide for carrying out nursing responsibilities in a manner consistent with quality in nursing care and the ethical obligations of the profession.

Member Price: $29.85 (Non-Member: $33.95)





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