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September 11, 2014


ACTION - Submit NTI poster abstracts

EVIDENCE - ECMO outcomes

NEWS - CDC monitoring severe respiratory illness in children

AACN NEWS - CCRN-K: new certification




Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.
— Alfred A. Montapert



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Register for TRENDS conference

AACN and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter invite you to attend TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia (Philadelphia area). The event offers 95 sessions on high acuity and critical care nursing, including a preconference workshop, “The Pulse of Evidence-Based Practice & Research in Nursing,” Sept. 29 and many opportunities to network with your colleagues.


Submit poster abstracts for NTI 2015

Submit poster abstracts for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), Sunday, May 17 to Thursday, May 21, 2015, in San Diego. Submission categories are Research, Evidence-Based Solutions and Chapter Best Practice. Please see Poster Abstracts to submit your abstract. Step I closes at 11:59 p.m. PT, Sept. 15, 2014, and step II closes at 11:59 p.m. PT, Sept. 29, 2014.


Register for Oct. 9 webinar on midterm elections

Register for the free hour-long webinar “The 2014 Midterm Federal Elections: What Nurses Need to Know,” noon PT, Oct. 9. The webinar is hosted by the Nursing Community, which consists of 61 national nursing organizations, including AACN, committed to improving the health and healthcare of the U.S. by collaborating to support RNs. Attendees will learn how to maximize political tools, become informed voters and ensure the profession’s voice is heard in the upcoming elections. Registration is limited to 1,000.


Participate in study on new nurse readiness

Merry van Zoeren, doctoral student at the University of Phoenix, invites critical care nurse preceptors who meet the criteria to participate in a study titled “New Nurse Readiness for Practice in Relationship to Hospital Patient Safety Culture From the Preceptor’s Perspective.” The confidential survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Please email van Zoeren with your questions.



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Article in AJCC finds lower ATP counts on disposable lead wires

September’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) includes “Cleanliness of Disposable vs Nondisposable Electrocardiography Lead Wires in Children,” a study of postoperative pediatric cardiac surgery patients that compared the degree of contamination between disposable and nondisposable ECG lead wires and finds that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) counts were significantly higher on nondisposable lead wires during the first 24 hours of use.


CNE article in AJCC discusses ECMO outcomes

Discharge Outcome in Adults Treated With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation,” a CNE article in September’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that patients with respiratory indications for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) experience better survival than cardiac patients. Regardless of ECMO indication, complications were common and associated with poor outcome.


Low-carb diet more effective than low-fat for weight loss

A low-carbohydrate diet is more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than a low-fat diet, according to “Effects of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets: A Randomized Trial,” in the Sept. 2 Annals of Internal Medicine.


Factors associated with outcomes after transfusion

The Effect of Age and Clinical Circumstances on the Outcome of Red Blood Cell Transfusion in the Critically Ill Patients,” posted Aug. 30 in Critical Care, finds that 30-day and one-year mortality depends on comorbidities and patient characteristics, with worse outcomes among patients undergoing cardiac surgery and those younger than 55.



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Severe respiratory illness associated with enterovirus in children

On Sept. 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, reported that hospitals in Missouri (19 confirmed cases) and Illinois (11 confirmed cases) have seen more children than usual with severe respiratory illness associated with enterovirus D68. The CDC is monitoring the situation closely and helping states to test specimens. More than half of children with the disease have a history of asthma or wheezing. Healthcare providers should consider the virus in young children with severe respiratory illness and report an unusual increase in cases to their state or local health department, CDC says. There are no vaccines or specific treatments, and clinical care is supportive. Prevention tips include washing hands often with soap and water.


Flu vaccine for pregnant women

Flu vaccines are effective in pregnant women with and without HIV and provide protection for at least the first 24 weeks of life for infants not exposed to HIV, according to “Influenza Vaccination of Pregnant Women and Protection of Their Infants,” in the Sept. 2 The New England Journal of Medicine.


CDC calls for stronger response to Ebola epidemic

On Sept. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, “called for immediate steps across nations to accelerate response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa,” based on CDC Director Tom Frieden’s visits to the area. The official case count and death toll for the current outbreak exceed those from all previous Ebola outbreaks combined.



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Patient handoff tools

Access “10 Patient Handoff Communication Tools,” posted Sept. 4 in Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality.


Free posters from NCSBN

Order two posters: “Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in Nursing: Be Aware. Get the Facts” and “Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in Nursing: Break the Silence” from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), Chicago, which offers its brochures and posters free of charge, including shipping.


AACN Practice Alert: ‘Prevention of Aspiration’

Critically ill patients, especially those who are tube-fed, may experience micro-aspirations, which greatly increase the risk of pneumonia and other complications. This AACN Practice Alert offers a checklist for aspiration prevention, including head-of-bed elevation, assessment of sedation levels and feeding-tube placement. Access other AACN Practice Alerts, all of which are provided free of charge.



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AACN webinar: leveraging collaborative relationships for better patient care

Explore the link between communication, collaboration and patient outcomes at AACN’s next live webinar, “Patient-Focused Collaboration: Strategic Alliances That Work,” Thursday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. PT. Join Hartford HealthCare senior administrator and alumnus CCRN Mary Bylone for a discussion of the impact of collaboration on patient care, strategies for effective communication and relationship building, and practical implementation tips. Free registration includes the webinar, implementation tools and access to the on-demand recording; CNE is available.


CCRN-K: new certification

CCRN-K — a certification program for nursing professionals who in their practice apply knowledge in a way that influences patients, nurses and/or organizations to have a positive impact on acutely and/or critically ill adult, pediatric or neonatal patients, but do not work exclusively or primarily at the bedside — has now launched. CCRN-K may be obtained through an initial exam or as a renewal option for CCRN and CCRN-E certificants. Email your questions about eligibility to


Focus the Flame

President's Note from September's AACN Bold Voices
“Driving Excellence Isn’t Another Chore”— Teri Lynn Kiss, AACN President 2014-2015



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