Critical Care Newsline — May 7, 2009

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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’s clinical practice experts. 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 that will keep you informed on issues affecting nurses and the nursing profession.


May 7, 2009

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1. NEWS Free Shipping and Handling on All AACN Bookstore Orders During May
2. NEWS Meet Your New AACN Leadership Team
3. EVIDENCE PPIs Help Prevent SRMD in Critically Ill Patients (Free Full Text)
4. NEWS NTI 2009 Sunrise Sessions Still Available
5. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Venous Disease Research Awards
6. RESOURCE Patient Safety Tools: Improving Safety at the Point of Care
7. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Live Educational Sessions for NTI 2010 in Washington, D.C.
8. Clinical Practice Resources
9. AACN Resources
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CELEBRATE NURSING!
MAY 6-12 IS NATIONAL NURSES WEEK and MAY IS NATIONAL CRITICAL CARE AWARENESS AND RECOGNITION MONTH

1. NEWS Free Shipping and Handling on All AACN Bookstore Orders During May
To celebrate nurses during National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month, the AACN Bookstore is waiving shipping and handling fees on all orders, no matter how large or small. Here’s your chance to get those products on your wish list and save money too. Thank you for everything you do to care for acutely and critically ill patients.

2. NEWS Meet Your New AACN Leadership Team
The results are in. Based on your votes, new members of the AACN Board of Directors and AACN Nominating Committee have been elected. New Certification Corporation Board of Directors members have also been appointed. Click here to find out more about AACN’s new leadership.

3. EVIDENCE PPIs Help Prevent SRMD in Critically Ill Patients (Free Full Text)
Using protein pump inhibitors (PPI) to prevent Stress-related Mucosal Disease (SRMD) significantly reduced clinically important bleeding in critically ill patients compared to treatment with histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RA), according to a recent study. The study also showed nosocomial pneumonia rates were similar with both medications.

4. NEWS NTI 2009 Sunrise Sessions Still Available
Planning to attend NTI in New Orleans this year? Don't miss out on the Sunrise Sessions scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. If you haven’t registered for NTI yet, you can sign up for Sunrise Sessions at the same time. Already registered for the conference but want to add a Sunrise Session? No problem. Just call Customer Care at 800-899-2226.

5. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Venous Disease Research Awards
The Venous Disease Coalition has announced its first annual Venous Disease Research Awards celebrating the best published research contributing to the understanding and treatment of venous disease. As a member of the coalition, AACN encourages you to nominate venous research published between January 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. Deadline for nominations is May 30, 2009. Please visit the coalition’s Web site or e-mail ellen.cohig@vdf.org for more information.

6. RESOURCE Patient Safety Tools: Improving Safety at the Point of Care
A collection of toolkits released by AHRQ are designed to help healthcare institutions and clinicians provide—and consumers receive—safe, quality healthcare throughout the healthcare process. The toolkits were produced under AHRQ's Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS) grant program. The program has produced a variety of evidence-based tools, including training materials, medication guides and checklists, that are easily adapted to other institutions and care settings. The tools were developed in the field and are designed to be implemented by multidisciplinary users.

7. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Live Educational Sessions for NTI 2010 in Washington, D.C.
AACN is accepting abstracts for live educational sessions to be presented at NTI 2010. Abstracts selected for presentation must reflect AACN’s mission, vision and values; support AACN’s major areas of interest; link research and practice; present cutting edge information and contain precise, comprehensive content. The deadline is June 1, 2009.

8. Clinical Practice Resources

COMPREHENSIVE H1N1 FLU INFORMATION

IDENTIFYING AND TREATING PATIENTS WITH H1N1

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
Decompressive Craniectomy and Postoperative Complication Management in Infants and Toddlers With Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries

Comparison of Delirium Assessment Tools in a Mixed Intensive Care Unit

GUIDELINES
Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years: United States, 2009

PATIENT SAFETY ISSUES
Disetronic ACCU-CHEK Spirit Insulin Pump - Defect in the up/down buttons, may result in users unable to change programmed settings

Hydroxycut Dietary supplements associated with serious liver injury, liver failure, seizures, cardiovascular disorders, rhabdomyolysis

Libimax-Recall of dietary supplement due to undeclared drug tadalafil, which may interact with nitrates found in prescription drugs and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels

Personal Care Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover - Nationwide recall because of risk of chemical burns to the fingers of users

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