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June 30, 2016
EVIDENCE - Military use of blood therapy
NEWS - Opioid legislation in New York
RESOURCES - Hospital costs by condition
AACN UPDATE - Circle of Excellence awards
It is an honor to care for others when they are most vulnerable and to help them feel safe and empowered.”~ Angela Gillies
Recall: Error in 2016 Cardiac Medications Pocket Card
If you purchased or received the AACN Cardiac Medications Pocket Reference Card (#400801), REV 1/16, there is an error, as follows: Instructions listed in the Critical Care Considerations column for DOBUTamine are incorrect. We have taken immediate steps to remedy the error and stopped the sale, promotion and distribution of this card. Please do not reference the information, and immediately destroy this card, labeled REV 1/16 (date on bottom right, see image below). AACN will replace your pocket reference card, at no charge. Please contact us at email@example.com or 800-899-AACN (2226).
Participate in study on nurses and family caregivers
Breanna Hetland, postdoctoral fellow at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, invites critical care nurses to participate in a research study on factors that influence nurses’ attitudes and behaviors, to engage family caregivers in ICU care. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and afterward the first 100 participants can enter their email address to receive a $5 Starbucks electronic gift card. Please email Hetland with your questions, or call her at 216-368-3067.
From June’s Critical Care Nurse
Using fresh whole blood is a well-established military practice that saves the lives of thousands of military personnel. This article reviews the current use of blood therapy for trauma resuscitation, the U.S. military’s approach to fresh whole blood and how maintaining a civilian capacity for fresh whole blood collection in the event of man-made and natural disasters is key to promoting survival from trauma.
Long work hours increase risk of heart disease, cancer
Women who work long hours over more than 30 years have an increased risk of heart disease, non-skin cancer, arthritis and diabetes, reports a study published June 14.
Oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation
A June 13 study comparing warfarin to non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation finds that apixaban has lower risks of stroke and major bleeding, dabigatran has a similar risk of stroke but lower risk of major bleeding and rivaroxaban has similar risks of stroke and major bleeding.
Use of aspirin for atrial fibrillation
A study of patients with atrial fibrillation published in June identifies patient characteristics associated with aspirin therapy, rather than oral anticoagulation, for those with moderate to high risk of stroke.
Barriers to ICU nurses’ involvement in palliative care communication
Results from a survey published in March identify the following barriers to ICU nurses participating in palliative care discussions: need for more training, physicians not requesting their perspective and the emotional toll of discussions.
New York state opioid legislation
On June 22, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation designed to address the problem of opioid addiction. The state legislation includes limiting opioid prescriptions to seven days for patients with acute pain and reducing barriers to access for treatment.
Comparing value of healthcare services
Advanced practice clinicians and physicians provide “an equivalent amount” of services to patients presenting with upper respiratory infection, back pain or headache, concludes a study published June 21.
Zika vaccine trials to begin
Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. and GeneOne Life Science Inc. received approval to start the first human trial of a vaccine for the Zika virus, according to a June 20 report on CNN.
A June 15 article in Kaiser Health News discusses the issue of alarm fatigue.
Hospital costs by condition
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a list of hospital costs. The five most expensive conditions are septicemia; osteoarthritis; liveborn (newborn) infants; complication of device, implant or graft; and acute myocardial infarction.
Antibiotic stewardship guidelines
Access “Implementing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program: Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America,” published April 13.
Poster abstract submissions for NTI 2017 open July 14
The poster abstract submission process for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 21-25, 2017, in Houston, opens at noon PT, July 14, 2016. 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 the poster information.)
2017 Circle of Excellence nominations
Nominate your peers and colleagues for the 2017 AACN Circle of Excellence awards, which recognize up to 25 individuals who exemplify excellence in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Nominations close Aug. 1.
Join us on Facebook and Twitter
Stay connected with the AACN community wherever you go. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and join the online conversation. Invite your friends and colleagues too. While you’re there, please let us know the topics you’d like us to explore.
President's Note from June's AACN Bold Voices
Courageously Leading Change — Karen McQuillan, AACN President 2015-2016
Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist, 2nd edition
Editor: M. Duffy, S. Dresser, J. Fulton
(Book, 256 pages, 2016)
This is a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive reference guide for new clinical nurse specialists entering the field as well as seasoned practitioners looking to update their knowledge. Disseminating a wealth of current professional practice guidance and practical information on reimbursement and certification, the second edition has been fully updated to reflect changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act and the APRN Consensus Model.
Member Price: $49.50 (Non-Member: $55)
Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults Pocket Card
(Pocket Cards, 1 pages, 2015)
This clinical tool, based on the AGS 2015 Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, has been developed to assist healthcare providers in improving medication safety in older adults.
Member Price: $4 (Non-Member: $4.50)
Manual of Critical Care Nursing - Nursing Interventions and Collaborative Management, 7th Ed.
Author: M. Saunorus Baird
(Book, 1008 pages, 2016)
The compact, yet comprehensive, "Manual of Critical Care Nursing: Nursing Interventions and Collaborative Management," 7th Ed. is your students go-to reference for help that you provide safe, high-quality nursing care in clinical critical care settings.
Member Price: $59.45 (Non-Member: $69.95)
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