Critical Care Newsline — January 10, 2008

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Jan. 10, 2008

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1. Call for Response: Handoff Processes Survey
2. Reminder: Apply for President’s Award for Chapters by Feb 8, 2008
3. Resource: Reclaiming Our Priorities
4. Research: Rapid Response Teams Affect Outcomes
5. Research: Family Members of ICU Decedents Report Greater Satisfaction With Care Than Family Members of ICU Survivors
6. Call for Comment: Revisions to Joint Commission Standards
7. Event: Nurse in Washington Internship
8. Event: AACN and Joint Commission Resources Webinar Series Begins in February
9. Clinical Practice Resources
10. AACN Resources
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1. Call for Response: Handoff Processes Survey
The Center for American Nurses invites you to participate in an important research study that explores handoff processes used by nurses. The purpose of this survey is to identify current handoff practices and identify problem areas. Results will be used to develop educational and further research opportunities regarding these challenges. To take the survey, click on the following link.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=HUenpGrCOVOfCWN3haIhJg_3d_3d

2. Reminder: Apply for President’s Award for Chapters by Feb. 8, 2008
Remember, the submission deadline for the AACN President’s Award for Chapters is Feb. 8, 2008. http://www.aacn.org/AACN/Memship.nsf/vwdoc/mainawards

3. Resource: Reclaiming Our Priorities
One-stop access is now available to resources that reflect AACN President Dave Hanson’s theme, Reclaiming Our Priorities. These include links to his biography, photo and NTI speech in print and video (with free CE) formats. You can also download the official NTI poster and send Dave an e-mail.
http://www.aacn.org/aacn/aacnhome.nsf/vwdoc/ROP

4. Research: Rapid Response Teams Affect Outcomes
This recent study outlines processes for RRT implementation and the team’s effect on outcomes at one university hospital.
http://www.jncqjournal.com/pt/re/jncq/abstract.00001786-200710000-00004.htm;jsessionid=HjBXqX7YVsyS5yvcG1pj1LLRKgQQjnjhm9TCXfDvljpf9HWDDGm5!1219373867!181195629!8091!-1

5. Research: Family Members of ICU Decedents Report Greater Satisfaction With Care Than Family Members of ICU Survivors
Family members of loved ones who died in the ICU tend to be more satisfied with the care they and the patient received than family members of ICU survivors, according to a recent study. Family members of all ICU patients tended to rate the physical care of the patient highly. But those of ICU decedents tended to be more pleased with their involvement in decision-making and communication, as well as the emotional support, respect, compassion and consideration they and the patient received, than those of survivors.
http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/nov2007/ninr-16.htm

6. Call for Comment: Revisions to Joint Commission Standards
The Joint Commission is seeking feedback on its proposed revisions to the Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services chapter of the Joint Commission Standards. The deadline to respond is Jan. 17, 2008.
http://www.jointcommission.org/Standards/SII/

7. Event: Nurse in Washington Internship
The 2008 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program will be held March 9 through 11 at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C. The program provides nurses an opportunity to learn how to influence healthcare through legislative and regulatory processes. Participants listen to talks by health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses and visit members of Congress. For more information, call (859) 514-9157 or click on the link below.
http://www.nursing-alliance.org/niwi.cfm

8. Event: AACN and Joint Commission Resources Webinar Series Begins in February
This yearlong series will focus on important healthcare topics, including how to improve the workplace and how to increase patient safety. The first three Webinars will be held in February and will focus on AACN’s healthy work environment standards. Click on the following link for more information and to register.
http://www.jcrinc.com/26814/audioconf/28000/


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
Alaris Pump Module- Worldwide Recall Because Units May Contain Misassembled Occluder Springs
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2007/safety07.htm#cardinal

Contour Test Strips- Market Recall Because Specific Lots Could Result In Higher Blood Glucose Results
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2007/safety07.htm#diabetes

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
Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease
http://www.guideline.gov/summary/summary.aspx?ss=15&doc_id=12020&nbr=&string=

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
Implementing Best Practice Pain Management in a Pediatric Hospital
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1744-6155.2007.00121.x

Impact of Oral Hygiene on Prevention of Ventilator-associated Pneumonia in Neuroscience Patients
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=17873728

Aminophylline for the Treatment of Symptomatic Bradycardia and Asystole Secondary to Cervical Spine Injury
http://www.springerlink.com/content/w2030740t33j2172/

Intensive Care of Patients With Acute Liver Failure: Recommendations of the U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study Group
http://www.ccmjournal.com/pt/re/ccm/abstract.00003246-200711000-00004.htm;jsessionid=HpYhQ6KtBn0hWZr1YYs7SJ2LnhC1qLJvB3xtBPRLbTyBcp68cYLQ!1219373867!181195629!8091!-1

Tracheostomy Is Not a Risk Factor for Deep Sternal Wound Infection After Cardiac Surgery
http://ats.ctsnetjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/84/6/1984

Needs of Family Members of Critically Ill Patients: a Comparison of Nurse and Family Perceptions
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&uid=17845883&cmd=showdetailview&indexed=google

10. AACN Resources

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Reminders:

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

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