Critical Care Newsline — April 17, 2008

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April 17, 2008

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1. Resource: AHRQ Data Report Shows Upward Trend for Hospital Patient Safety Culture
2. Reminder: NTI 2008 is Only Two Weeks Away. Have You Registered Yet?
3. Research: Nurses’ Perceptions of Their Self-confidence and the Benefits and Risks of Family Presence During Resuscitation (Free Article)
4. Call for Nominations: AACN Leadership
5. Research: Vasopressor Use in Septic Shock (Abstract)
6. Resource: Fall Prevention for Senior Citizens
7. Reminder: Web Access to Beacon Awards Page Unavailable During April
8. Clinical Practice Resources
9. AACN Resources
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1. Resource: AHRQ Data Report Shows Upward Trend for Hospital Patient Safety Culture
Hospitals need to improve their culture of patient safety and focus on how they respond to medical errors made by staff, according to a new AHRQ report.
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/hospculture/

2. Reminder: NTI 2008 is Only Two Weeks Away. Have You Registered Yet?
There’s still time. Don’t miss this information-packed event.
http://www.aacn.org/nti

3. Research: Nurses’ Perceptions of Their Self-confidence and the Benefits and Risks of Family Presence During Resuscitation (Free Article)
Nurses who hold professional certifications, work in emergency departments and are members of a professional organization are more favorable toward family presence during resuscitation than are other nurses and they invite family presence more often.
http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/cgi/content/full/17/2/101

4. Call for Nominations: AACN Leadership
Do you know someone who you think would provide strong, effective leadership as a member of the AACN or AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors or the AACN Nominating Committee? Review the required competencies for these positions in the AACN Framework for Governance Leadership Positions and submit nominations by May 31, 2008.
http://www.aacn.org/AACN/voluntee.nsf/vwdoc/CalltoNomination

5. Research: Vasopressor Use in Septic Shock (Abstract)
This article reviews new findings from recent large randomized clinical trials on the use of vasopressor agents to treat patients with septic shock.
http://www.co-anesthesiology.com/pt/re/coanes/abstract.00001503-200804000-00008.htm;jsessionid=H2HH6NJw2PVLbhNL09XZhpfL2vnvY4Wy89TRynFLh1VnqZcLVT1L!271346019!181195628!8091!-1

6. Resource: Fall Prevention for Senior Citizens
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published two guides to help communities develop effective fall prevention programs for seniors.
http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/preventingfalls/

7. Reminder: Web Access to Beacon Awards Page Unavailable During April
The Beacon Awards Web pages are currently undergoing renovation. As a result, you will not have access to existing applications or be able to create a new application during April. The Web pages will be available beginning May 1.
https://www.aacn.org/AACN/ICURecog.nsf/vwdoc/MainPage

8. 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: Intracranial Pressure Thresholds
http://www.guideline.gov/summary/summary.aspx?view_id=1&doc_id=10996

Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Nutrition
http://www.guideline.gov/summary/summary.aspx?view_id=1&doc_id=11000

Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Prophylactic Hypothermia
http://www.guideline.gov/summary/summary.aspx?view_id=1&doc_id=10991

Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Steroids
http://www.guideline.gov/summary/summary.aspx?view_id=1&doc_id=11003

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
Timing of Nocturnal Ventricular Ectopy in Heart Failure Patients With Sleep Apnea (Abstract)
http://www.chestjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/133/4/934?etoc

Creating Written Patient Education Materials (Free Article)
http://www.chestjournal.org/cgi/content/full/133/4/1038?etoc

High Prevalence of Renal Dysfunction and Its Impact on Outcome in 118,465 Patients Hospitalized With Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: a Report From the ADHERE Database (Abstract)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17675055?ordinalpos=7&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Patient Outcomes After Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism (Abstract)
http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/168/4/425


9. AACN Resources

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Reminders:

AACN/JCR Webinars in June; Topic Is Reducing Medical Errors
http://www.jcrinc.com/26814/audioconf/28580/

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
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CAREER CENTER/JOBS
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AACN BOOKSTORE
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CERTIFICATION
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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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