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October 30, 2014


ACTION - Submit proposal for TeamSTEPPS


NEWS - From The Joint Commission

AACN UPDATE - Planning for NTI 2015




Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
~ Vince Lombardi



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Apply for three new grants

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, and the Centers for Disease Control and Infection, Atlanta, are accepting grant applications for “three small evaluation projects focused on expanding the evidence base related to the impact of academic-practice partnerships on population health and public health.” Each grant is $5,000, and the application deadline is Nov. 15.


Participate in study on patient safety

Deborah Crumpler, doctoral student at The University of Texas at Tyler, invites critical care nurses who meet the criteria to participate in “Critical Care Nurses’ Intention to Speak Up About Patient Safety Concerns: The Influence of Beliefs and Attitudes According to the Theory of Planned Behavior, Study 2.” Participants in the confidential survey may enter a drawing for one of three Apple iPad minis. Please email Crumpler with your questions, or call her at 903-663-8226.


Call for proposals for TeamSTEPPS conference

Submit a proposal to present a poster or session at the 2015 TeamSTEPPS National Conference in Denver, June 16-18. Deadline is Dec. 1, 2014. Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS), an evidence-based system from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland, is designed to help implement team training principles that can improve care delivery and patient safety.



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CNE of the Month: Article in CCN discusses device for preventing CRBSI

Closed Blood Conservation Device for Reducing Catheter-Related Infections in Children After Cardiac Surgery,” a CNE article in October’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), investigates the use of a closed blood conservation device to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) in children after cardiac surgery.


Reducing atrial fibrillation after lung surgery

Amiodarone and magnesium sulfate are the most effective and safest drugs for reducing the risk of atrial fibrillation after lung reduction surgery, according to “Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Prophylaxis After Lung Surgery: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” posted online Oct. 2 in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.


Articles in Critical Care Medicine:

November’s issue includes “The Changing Role of Palliative Care in the ICU,” which finds that palliative care is being accepted as an essential component of the care plan for patients and families and can help support them after ICU discharge.

Relationship Between ICU Bed Availability, ICU Readmission, and Cardiac Arrest in the General Wards,” in September’s issue, concludes that “reduced ICU bed availability is associated with increased rates of ICU readmission and ward cardiac arrest.”


ICU weakness may worsen outcomes

Acute Outcomes and 1-Year Mortality of Intensive Care Unit-Acquired Weakness: A Cohort Study and Propensity-Matched Analysis,” in the Aug. 15 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, concludes the data suggest that this weakness “worsens acute morbidity and increases healthcare-related costs and 1-year mortality.”



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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Participate in November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month with suggestions from the Lung Cancer Alliance, Washington, that include contacting members of Congress, securing a proclamation from the governor and holding an event such as Shine a Light on Lung Cancer. The alliance is dedicated to advancing lung cancer research, conducting nationwide educational campaigns and saving lives.


From The Joint Commission:

On Oct. 24, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, highlighted accreditation chapters that are important in “identifying strengths and/or gaps to safely and effectively managing the infectious Ebola patient within an organization, while minimizing the risk of transmission to self or others.”

On Oct. 20, the commission announced the publication of “Patient Safety Systems,” a new chapter in “2015 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals.” The chapter discusses the importance and structure of an integrated patient-centered system for improving quality and patient outcomes. The chapter doesn’t have any new requirements; standards were culled from existing chapters.


New Choosing Wisely recommendations

On Oct. 16, the American Academy of Nursing, Washington, released a list of five practices nurses and patients should question as part of Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Philadelphia. These practices include questioning restraint use in older hospitalized adults and inserting a urinary catheter without a specific indication for doing so.


FDA recall announcement

On Sept. 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Maryland, announced that Covidien, Mansfield, Massachusetts, recalled certain defibrillation electrodes, because they no longer work with Phillips (Andover, Massachusetts) FR3 and FRx automated external defibrillators (AEDs); the manufacturer made design changes in the AED connectors. Philips FR3 and FRx AED units should only be used with the Philips brand electrodes specified in the equipment manual.



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Book on caring for very low birth weight infants

Golden Hours: Care of the Very Low Birth Weight Infant,” published by the National Certification Corporation in Chicago, includes advice from experts, quick reference tools and topics of interest to the neonatal care team.


Managing patients with valvular heart disease

Access “2014 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients With Valvular Heart Disease: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines,” in June’s JACC: Journal of the American College of Cardiology.



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Planning for NTI 2015

For the first time, AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) will be in San Diego, May 17-21, 2015:

Outline your professional development needs, and align them with your hospital or unit goals using our online return on investment toolkit.

Book your hotel early for the best selection and rates, since reservations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. April 1, 2015 is the deadline to receive discounted room rates. Please call 800-340-1840 with your questions.


Submit nominations for AACN Chapter Awards by Nov. 1

Nominate your choices for the 2015 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and local communities. The awards recognize contributions and achievements that exemplify AACN’s mission, vision, values and ethic of care. Access the award categories. Nominations close Nov. 1, 2014, other than those for the President’s Award for Chapters, which close Feb. 15, 2015.


AACN online bookstore offers free shipping for members

Enjoy a benefit of AACN membership through Dec. 31: free shipping on AACN online bookstore purchases of more than $50, before taxes. (Registration fees for conferences, other educational offerings and certification exams do not count toward total cost of shipped products.) No promo code is needed for this member appreciation discount, which is applied automatically at checkout. If you aren’t a member yet, please sign up to enjoy this incentive, plus many more benefits of belonging to our AACN community of exceptional nurses.


Focus the Flame

President's Note from October's AACN Bold Voices
“Discover Your Fearless Self”— Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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AACN Pediatric Critical Care Pocket Reference Card

(Pocket Cards, 2009)
Product Code:400825

Includes information on normal vital signs, development, isolation precautions, equipment information, fluid replacement and calculation, and more.

Member Price: $2 (Non-Member: $4)





PCCN Lunch Bag Set With Storage Containers

(Tote Bags)
Product Code:402508

Set includes gray lunch cooler with PCCN logo in burgundy and a BPA-free storage container. Comes complete with plastic utensils that snap into the lid. Freezer and microwave safe. Container is clear with gray lid imprinted with the PCCN logo in burgundy.

Member Price: $15 (Non-Member: $18)






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