Critical Care Newsline — January 24, 2008

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Here’s the latest edition of Critical Care Newsline, the electronic newsletter from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. You’ll find links to resources, research abstracts (individual sites may require registration and a fee to access complete articles) and Web sites on a variety of topics, keeping you informed on issues that affect nurses and the nursing profession.

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Jan. 24, 2008

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1. News: Online Registration for NTI 2008 Now Open; Event in Chicago May 3-8
2. Event: Free Conference on Hydroxyurea Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease
3. Resource: Online Health Information in Spanish
4. Research: Preventing Hospital-acquired Urinary Tract Infection in the U.S. (Abstract)
5. News: Dengue Could Become Threat to U.S. Public Health
6. Research: Delayed Time to Defibrillation After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (Abstract)
7. News for Chapter Leaders: Feb.14 Deadline to Register for NTI 2008 Leadership Development Workshop
8. News: Heparin Sodium Injection Warning Issued in Revised Package Insert
9. Clinical Practice Resources
10. AACN Resources
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1. News: Online Registration for NTI 2008 Now Open; Event in Chicago May 3-8
With the click of a mouse, you can register to attend NTI sessions, exhibits and events; book your hotel; and download the conference brochure. Save money if you register by March 18.
http://www.aacn.org/nti

2. Event: Free Conference on Hydroxyurea Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease
Pivotal discussions on hydroxyurea treatment for sickle cell disease will be the focus of this NIH conference Feb 25 through 27, 2008 in Bethesda, Md. The free event is intended for researchers and healthcare practitioners who encounter sickle cell disease patients, and for interested members of the public. Register online by Feb. 22.
http://consensus.nih.gov/2008/2008SickleCellCDC119main.htm

3. Resource: Online Health Information in Spanish
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health, has launched three new Web site portals to feature health materials and resources in Spanish.
http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/nov2007/niddk-05.htm

4. Research: Preventing Hospital-acquired Urinary Tract Infection in the U.S. (Abstract)
Although urinary tract infections (UTI) are the most common hospital-acquired infection in the nation, there are no widely used strategies to prevent them, according to this study.
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/524662

5. News: Dengue Could Become Threat to U.S. Public Health
A disease most Americans have never heard of could soon become more prevalent if dengue, a flu-like illness that can turn deadly, continues to expand into temperate climates and increase in severity, according to a new commentary by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and David M. Morens, M.D., Fauci's senior scientific advisor. Previously confined to tropical and subtropical climates, the mosquito-borne illness is becoming a much more serious problem along the U.S.-Mexico border and in Puerto Rico.
http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jan2008/niaid-08.htm

6. Research: Delayed Time to Defibrillation After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (Abstract)
Although expert guidelines advocate defibrillation within two minutes after an in-hospital cardiac arrest caused by ventricular arrhythmia, researchers in this study found that delayed defibrillation is common and is associated with lower rates of survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest.
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/358/1/9

7. News for Chapter Leaders: Feb.14 Deadline to Register for NTI 2008 Leadership Development Workshop
The registration deadline for the Leadership Development Workshop at NTI 2008 is Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008. Speaker for this year’s event is Stacy D. Nelson of VitalSmarts. His presentation will be on Crucial Confrontations. For more information, e-mail chapters@aacn.org or call (800) 394-5995, ext. 365.

8. News: Heparin Sodium Injection Warning Issued in Revised Package Insert
The risk for fatal medication errors is highlighted as an important new warning in a revised package insert for heparin sodium injection (Baxter Healthcare Corporation) approved by the FDA Dec.14, 2007. The new warning section states that fatal hemorrhages have occurred in pediatric patients following medication errors in which vials containing a highly concentrated heparin solution (10,000 units/mL in 1 mL vials) were confused with 1 mL "catheter lock flush" vials.
http://www.aacn.org/aacn/practice.nsf/Files/AACN-FINAL-heparin12-31-07/$file/AACN-FINAL-heparin12-31-07.doc

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
Characteristics Associated With Unplanned Extubations in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Abstract)
http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/17/1/45?etoc

Evaluation of Delivery of Enteral Nutrition in Critically Ill Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation (Abstract)
http://ajcc.aacnjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/17/1/53?etoc

Essentials of a Productive Nurse Work Environment (Abstract)
http://www.nursingresearchonline.com/pt/re/nnr/abstract.00006199-200801000-00002.htm;jsessionid=HHlG9k12g4QHTSTqWjlN2y169x54CJLVTbQQQwwl7PG0PvwPXLJc!-1829525682!181195628!8091!-1

Influence of Vancomycin Minimum Inhibitory Concentration on the Treatment of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia (Abstract)
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/524667

Systemic Inflammation and COPD: the Framingham Heart Study (Abstract)
http://www.chestjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/133/1/19?etoc

Simulation-Based Education Improves Quality of Care During Cardiac Arrest
Team Responses at an Academic Teaching Hospital: A Case-Control Study (Abstract)
http://www.chestjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/133/1/56?etoc

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

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

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American Journal of Critical Care
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