Critical Care Newsline — June 12, 2008

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Critical Care Newsline, the electronic newsletter from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, contains information selected just for you by AACN. Every week, our advanced practice staff reviews hundreds of journals and Web sites, choosing only the most pertinent information for Critical Care Newsline. In each issue, 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 to keep you informed on issues that affect nurses and the nursing profession.


June 12, 2008

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1. News: Nurses Are Among the Most Powerful People in Healthcare
2. Resource: Videos From NTI 2008 Now Available Online
3. Research: Communications Problems Affect Number of Adverse Events (Abstract)
4. Event: AACN/JCR Webinars in June Focus on Reducing Medical Errors
5. News: Kathy McCauley Taps Into the Limelight
6. Event: The Medication Safety Symposium
7. Event: Institute for Healthcare Improvement Seminar
8. Clinical Practice Resources
9. AACN Resources
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1. News: Nurses Are Among the Most Powerful People in Healthcare
Modern Healthcare’s annual “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” selection is under way. Ten nurses, including AACN President Dave Hanson and CEO Wanda Johanson, are among the 300 individuals who are finalists for the recognition. AACN urges you to help highlight the influence our profession has on healthcare by voting for the nurses who are nominated. Vote online through June 27. The final ranking will be published in the Aug. 25 issue of Modern Healthcare.
https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/4509g343fe

2. Resource: Videos From NTI 2008 Now Available Online
More than 9,200 acute and critical care nurses attended AACN's 2008 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Chicago. But thousands more had to remain at home to deliver excellent care to patients and families. NTI is a time for inspiration and renewal – and for the recognition all nurses deserve. We don't want anyone to be left out. So, here's a taste of the NTI experience.
http://www.aacn.org/WD/nti2008/content/nti%20videos.pcms?menu=Education

3. Research: Communications Problems Affect Number of Adverse Events (Abstract)
Preventable adverse events in hospitals occur three times more often among patients with communication problems, such as deafness, blindness, psychiatric disorders and multiple health issues or comorbidities, according a recent research study. Preventable adverse events occurred more often in women than in men and in patients over age 65. The most common adverse events were drug related or caused by inappropriate treatment, treatment delay or failure to monitor a patient’s condition. The results emphasize the importance of providing additional resources for these patients to improve patient safety.
http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/abstract/178/12/1555

4. Event: AACN/JCR Webinars in June Focus on Reducing Medical Errors
The AACN/JCR Web conference series addresses updates to the National Patient Safety Goals for 2008 and covers the standards, elements of performance, sentinel event data and other resources available to minimize error and ensure reliable patient care. The webinars will be held on June 17 and 24. Click on the following link for more information.
http://www.jcrinc.com/26814/audioconf/28580/

5. News: Kathy McCauley Taps Into the Limelight
With a very creative tap dance routine, former AACN president Kathy McCauley and her team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing won the Video Challenge at the Promise of Nursing meeting held in support of The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future. The campaign is a multi-year, $50-million national initiative designed to enhance the image of the nursing profession, recruit new nurses and nurse faculty and help retain nurses currently in the profession. To view the video, click on the following link.
http://www.campaignfornursing.com/events/WINNERS/pennsylvania/

6. Event: The Medication Safety Symposium
“Team Up for Medication Management and Systems Improvement,” a safety symposium presented by The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, will be held Aug. 5 through 7, 2008 in Chicago. For more information, call 877-223-6866 or click on the following link.
http://www.jcrinc.com/29306/

7. Event: Institute for Healthcare Improvement Seminar
An Institute for Healthcare Improvement seminar, “Cracking the Code to Hospital-wide Patient Flow,” will be held July 21 and 22, 2008 in Denver, Colo. Participants will learn about the importance of flow as a strategic initiative; they will work together to understand common diagnostic tools and measurements, as well as key concepts in improving flow. In addition, they will create a two- year plan to improve flow at their organizations and learn how to employ proven tools to carry out their plan. For more information or to enroll, click on the following link.
http://www.ihi.org/IHI/Programs/ConferencesAndSeminars/CrackingtheCodetoHospitalWidePatientFlowJuly2008.htm

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
Calcilo XD Low-Calcium/Vitamin D-Free Infant Formula With Iron Powder- Product Recalled Because Of Oxidation
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2008/safety08.htm#Calcilo

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
Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
http://www.guideline.gov/Compare/comparison.aspx?file=GERD1.inc

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
Sleep and Recovery From Critical Illness and Injury: a Review of Theory, Current Practice and Future Directions (Abstract)
http://amedeo.com/p2.php?id=18176314&s=crc

Interference by New-generation Mobile Phones on Critical Care Medical Equipment (Abstract)
http://amedeo.com/p2.php?id=17822524&s=crc

Closed-loop and Decision-assist Resuscitation of Burn Patients (Abstract)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18385584

Indications and Timing of Renal Replacement Therapy in Acute Kidney Injury (Abstract)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18382198
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