Critical Care Newsline — June 26, 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 26, 2008

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1. Research: Specialist Nurses Play Key Role in Supporting Patients Having Radiotherapy (Abstract)
2. Research: Women, Smoking and Heart Disease: Toenails Tell the Tale (Abstract)
3. Call to Action: Apply Now for AACN Research Grants
4. News: WHO Announces Safe-surgery Checklist Initiative
5. News: National Patient Safety Goals Resource Center Launched
6. News: Circle of Excellence Awards Deadline Extended to Aug. 1, 2008
7. Call to Action: Study on Work Environment, Moral Distress and Burnout in Adult Critical Care Nurses
8. Clinical Practice Resources
9. AACN Resources
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1. Research: Specialist Nurses Play Key Role in Supporting Patients Having Radiotherapy (Abstract)
Cancer patients who attended a specialist nurse clinic rather than a consultant-led clinic for regular radiotherapy reviews benefited from longer, more frequent consultations and good symptom management, according to a recent study. Researchers also found that the patients – who were undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer – were more likely to be referred to members of the multi-disciplinary team, resulting in better management of common radiotherapy side effects, like oral and nutritional problems. Patients said they particularly valued the relationship they had built with their clinical nurse specialists. Family doctors were also positive about the timing and content of the information they received from clinical nurse specialists about their patients' ongoing treatment.
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2007.01976.x

2. Research: Women, Smoking and Heart Disease: Toenails Tell the Tale (Abstract)
In a first-of-its-kind study, research results show that toenail nicotine levels can help predict risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in women. The study showed that the higher the level of nicotine in the toenails, the higher the risk of coronary heart disease, no matter the number of cigarettes smoked or level of exposure to second hand smoke. Researchers analyzed toenail clippings from 62,641 women between the ages of 36 and 61 years collected for the Nurse’s Health Study cohort. Between 1984 and 1998, 905 women were diagnosed with heart disease and, on average, those diagnosed with heart disease had double the level of nicotine in their toenails than women without heart disease.
http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/167/11/1342

3. Call to Action: Apply Now for AACN Research Grants
Apply now for the AACN Clinical Inquiry Grant, End-of-Life Palliative Care Small Projects Grant or AACN-Physio-Control Small Projects Grant. The deadline is July 1, 2008.
http://www.aacn.org/WD/Practice/Docs/08-09_Grants_BrochureDC.doc

4. News: WHO Announces Safe-surgery Checklist Initiative
The World Health Organization launched a surgical checklist initiative that it says improves adherence to evidence-based practices and helps to reduce complications and mortality among patients. Developed in the Safe Surgery Saves Lives collaboration led by Harvard School of Public Health, the checklist aims to ensure that surgeons and operating teams confirm pre- and post-surgical processes and follow evidence-based guidelines during procedures. In the pilot study, medical teams complied with proven standards of care 68% of the time after implementing the checklist, according to WHO officials.
http://www.who.int/patientsafety/safesurgery/tools_resources/technical/en/index.html

5. News: National Patient Safety Goals Resource Center Launched
To help you prepare for compliance with new National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG), Joint Commission Resources has developed the 2009 NPSG Resource Center. The online center includes a brief overview of the goals that have been revised and a link to The Joint Commission’s NPSG Web site resources, including books, audio conferences, Web-based training, seminars, conferences and consulting services. Visit the center today.
http://www.jcrinc.com/30609/

6. News: Circle of Excellence Awards Deadline Extended to Aug. 1, 2008
The nominations deadline for the 2009 Circle of Excellence Awards has been extended to Aug. 1, 2008. For more information about these recognition awards click on the following link.
http://www.aacn.org/awards

7. Call to Action: Study on Work Environment, Moral Distress and Burnout in Adult Critical Care Nurses
Critical care nurses are invited to take part in a research study on the impact of the critical care work environment. Participants will complete online questionnaires about their feelings and stressors as an adult critical care nurse and answer general questions about their background (age, gender, education, etc.) The study takes about 25 minutes.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=KTPFH7Mw7iVYRPv_2b8Pw1SQ_3d_3d

8. Clinical Practice Resources

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

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/WD/Practice/Content/practicealerts.pcms?menu=Practice

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

PATIENT SAFETY ISSUES
Remicade, Enbrel, Humira and Cimzia: FDA Investigating Tumor Necrosis Factor Blockers and Cancer Risk in Children and Young Adults
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2008/safety08.htm#TNF

Morphine Sulfate 60 mg Extended Release Tablets: Recall of a Single Lot Due to a Report of a Tablet With Twice the Appropriate Thickness
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2008/safety08.htm#Morphine

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
Impact of Adverse Events on Outcomes in Intensive Care Unit Patients (Abstract)
http://amedeo.com/p2.php?id=18552694&s=crc

Incidence and Clinical Effects of Intra-abdominal Hypertension in Critically Ill Patients (Abstract)
http://amedeo.com/p2.php?id=18520642&s=crc

Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Management of Corticosteroid Insufficiency in Critically Ill Adult Patients: Consensus Statements From an International Task Force by the American College of Critical Care Medicine (Abstract)
http://amedeo.com/p2.php?id=18496365&s=crc
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