Critical Care Newsline — April 10, 2008

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April 10, 2008

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1. Reminder: National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16, 2008
2. Event: NTI Is Only Three Weeks Away
3. Resource: FDA Drug Safety Newsletter
4. Chapter Leaders Reminder: Important Information for NTI Leadership Development Workshop Attendees
5. Research: Intensive Care Management of Acute Liver Failure (Abstract)
6. Research: Wound Care (Free Article)
7. Call for NTI 2009 Speaker Abstracts: Submission Deadline Is June 1, 2008
8. News: Web Access to Beacon Awards Page Unavailable During April
9. Clinical Practice Resources
10. AACN Resources
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1. Reminder: National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16, 2008
Next Wednesday is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Please share information about this very important event with your family, friends and colleagues. Go to the National Healthcare Decisions Day Web site to find many resources that will help you spread the word about advance directives; you can download advance directive forms, advertisements, poster templates and an "Ask Me About Advance Directives" sticker template.
http://www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org/takeaction/organize_community

2. Event: NTI Is Only Three Weeks Away
Have you registered yet for NTI 2008 May 3 through 8 in Chicago? There’s still time to join us at this premier educational conference for acute and critical care nurses. Sign up today.
http://www.aacn.org/nti

3. Resource: FDA Drug Safety Newsletter
The Drug Safety Newsletter highlights safety issues related to FDA-approved drug products, based on an assessment of the importance and timeliness of these issues to patient care and the seriousness of the adverse events.
http://www.fda.gov/cder/dsn/2008_winter/toc.htm

4. Chapter Leaders Reminder: Important Information for NTI Leadership Development Workshop Attendees
If you registered for the Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) and have not yet received your confirmation, please contact the Chapters Department as soon as possible at 800-394-5995, ext. 365. The confirmation includes the date, time, location and an agenda.

5. Research: Intensive Care Management of Acute Liver Failure (Abstract)
This review article focuses on new research developments and provides a pragmatic, organ-based treatment approach for liver failure patients requiring intensive care support.
http://www.co-criticalcare.com/pt/re/cocritcare/abstract.00075198-200804000-00011.htm;jsessionid=Ht2FqnZvfKsS1VhBzgMM3nmFby2rpB5jTbgGTJ2xM1xBHn1JkBZz!1675702673!181195628!8091!-1

6. Research: Wound Care (Free Article)
This article attempts to demystify recent wound care methods and suggest the ways that they can be best used to benefit patients.
http://www.jcn.co.uk/journal.asp?MonthNum=02&YearNum=2008&ArticleID=1144

7. Call for NTI 2009 Speaker Abstracts: Submission Deadline Is June 1, 2008
The NTI Work Group invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 36th National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 16 through 21, 2009 in New Orleans.
http://web.aacn.org/AbstractsHome.aspx?enc=kHvgeVWYIevGL4QAf9nimJW3RsKXOuqUkzW0/+zai5Q=

8. News: Web Access to Beacon Awards Page Unavailable During April
Between April 1 and April 30, the Beacon Awards Web pages will be undergoing renovation. As a result, you will not have access to existing applications or be able to create a new application. On May 1, when the site reopens, your full application with all existing content will be available for your use. New applications can also be opened beginning May 1.
https://www.aacn.org/AACN/ICURecog.nsf/vwdoc/MainPage

9. Clinical Practice Resources

AACN HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENT STANDARDS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/hwe.nsf/vwdoc/HWEHomePage

AHRQ WebM&M
http://webmm.ahrq.gov/

Quality Improvement Online
http://www.jcrinc.com/publications.asp?durki=9649

AACN PRACTICE ALERTS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/practiceAlert.nsf/vwdoc/pa2

AACN’s LISTSERV FOR NURSE MANAGERS
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/NIHMBL/

PATIENT SAFETY ISSUES
Singulair (Montelukast) - Possible Association Between Use of Singulair and Behavior/Mood Changes, Suicidality and Suicide
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2008/safety08.htm#Singulair

Heparin Sodium USP - Voluntary Nationwide Recall Because Two Lots Had Heparin-like Contaminant
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2008/safety08.htm#heparinsodium

Patient Safety Links:
Joint Commission
http://jcrinc.co.mansellgroup.net/UM/T.asp?A2557.25634.1623.1.63602
Medline Plus
http://jcrinc.co.mansellgroup.net/UM/T.asp?A2557.25634.1623.2.63602
National Patient Safety Foundation
http://jcrinc.co.mansellgroup.net/UM/T.asp?A2557.25634.1623.3.63602

Institute for Safe Medication Practices Newsletter
http://www.ismp.org/Newsletters/nursing/default.asp

AHRQ Patient Safety Network
http://psnet.ahrq.gov

GUIDELINES
Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Indications for Intracranial Pressure Monitoring
http://www.guideline.gov/summary/summary.aspx?view_id=1&doc_id=10994

Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Infection Prophylaxis
http://www.guideline.gov/summary/summary.aspx?view_id=1&doc_id=10992

Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Intracranial Pressure Monitoring Technology
http://www.guideline.gov/summary/summary.aspx?view_id=1&doc_id=10995

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
Patients With Respiratory Failure Increase Ambulation After Transfer to an Intensive Care Unit Where Early Activity is a Priority (Abstract)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18379236

Comparison of Five-year Outcome in African Americans Versus Caucasians Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (Abstract)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18383170

Children's Factual and Delusional Memories of Intensive Care (Abstract)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=18244955&dopt=AbstractPlus

Racial Variation in the Incidence, Care and Outcomes of Severe Sepsis: Analysis of Population, Patient and Hospital Characteristics (Abstract)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=17975201&dopt=AbstractPlus

Pathophysiology of Delirium in the Intensive Care Unit (Abstract)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=18241778&dopt=AbstractPlus

10. AACN Resources

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Reminders:

Visit AACN’s Online CE Center – AACN Members Get Unlimited Free CE Credits
http://www.aacn.org/ce.htm

NTI 2008 Housing Bureau
http://www.aacn.org/NTI/nti07.nsf/vwdoc/PaticipantHousing

Online Certification Exam Registration Available
https://my.aacn.org/ecomtpro/timssnet/certifications/aacn_certifications.cfm

Apply for Grants in Support of Clinical Projects and Research
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/research.nsf/vwdoc/grantSupport

Reclaiming Our Priorities Theme Resources
http://www.aacn.org/aacn/aacnhome.nsf/vwdoc/ROP

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JOIN AACN
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/Memship.nsf/vwdoc/AACNMembershipTypes&Rates

CAREER CENTER/JOBS
http://www.nursepath.com/

AACN BOOKSTORE
https://my.aacn.org/ecomtpro/timssnet/products/tnt_showprdsplash.cfm

CERTIFICATION
CCRN, CCNS, PCCN, CMC (cardiac medicine) and CSC (cardiac surgery)
http://www.certcorp.org

RESEARCH GRANTS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/research.nsf/vwdoc/grantSupport

BEACON AWARD FOR CRITICAL CARE EXCELLENCE
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/ICURecog.nsf/vwdoc/MainPage?opendocument

AACN E-LEARNING
http://www.aacn.org/e-learning

EARN CE CREDIT
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/conteduc.nsf/vwdoc/GlobalCEWELCOME

NATIONAL TEACHING INSTITUTE & CRITICAL CARE EXPOSITION
NTI 2008 Chicago, Ill.
http://www.aacn.org/NTI/nti07.nsf/vwdoc/NTI2008

AACN JOURNALS
Critical Care Nurse
http://ccn.aacnjournals.org/

American Journal of Critical Care
http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/

AACN Advanced Critical Care
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/aacnhome.nsf/vwdoc/AdvCriticalCare

AACN PDA CENTER
http://aacn.pdaorder.com/welcome.xml

AACN LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER
http://capwiz.com/criticalcare/home/

STATE BILL TRACKING
http://www.aacn.org/aacn/pubpolcy.nsf/vwdoc/StateBillTracking

NURSING RESEARCH GRANTS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/research.nsf/vwdoc/grantSupport

PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR MEMBERS
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/Memship.nsf/vwdoc/personalresources
 
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