Critical Care Newsline — July 22, 2010

 

Critical Care Newsline, the electronic newsletter from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, contains information selected just for you by our 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 websites that will keep you informed on issues affecting nurses and the nursing profession.
 
July 22, 2010
 
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1. NEWS Pertussis vaccination, key amid rise in reported cases, the CDC states
2. NEWS Antibiotic resistance: the first topic for JCR’s new learning community
3. NEWS First lady advocates for preventative healthcare
4. EVIDENCE CRBSIs still a problem for hospitals, APIC survey says
5. NEWS ASPEN recommends measures to conserve I.V. fat emulsion during shortage
6. NEWS Certification exam deadline for TRENDS is Aug. 13
7. CALL TO ACTION Share certification best practices by Sept. 30, qualify as NTI panelist
8. CALL TO ACTION Apply for Patient Experience Grant Program by Aug. 1
9. CALL TO ACTION Submit Circle of Excellence award nominations by Aug. 1
10. CALL TO ACTION Comment on CMS proposed visitation ruling by Aug. 27
11. NEWS AACN’s new Beacon Award for Excellence applications open Nov. 1
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
13. AACN RESOURCES High-quality Web-based courses available
 
1. NEWS Pertussis vaccination, key amid rise in reported cases, the CDC states
Pertussis “has been on the rise in many communities nationwide,” making it important to follow vaccine recommendations outlined in a July 2 video commentary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. Medscape users can access the video immediately, and others can sign up for free. An article in the Los Angeles Times projects the disease will “take its largest toll in the state in five decades,” prompting health experts to call for increased adult vaccination to prevent the spread of pertussis to children.
 
2. NEWS Antibiotic resistance: the first topic for JCR’s new learning community
The first new virtual learning community from Joint Commission Resources (JCR) will focus on multidrug- and antibiotic-resistant organisms. Learning community members become educated about best practices, access resources and connect with experts through blogs and online discussion forums. Planned future communities include accreditation preparation, environment of care and medication management. Registration is free.
 
3. NEWS First lady advocates for preventative healthcare
On July 18, first lady Michele Obama announced the Affordable Care Act “gives families control over their own care” and “so much of what makes this law great is its emphasis on preventive care.” She recommends Healthcare.gov as a resource to learn more about prevention and insurance coverage options. “A focus on prevention will help us to combat diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure — chronic illnesses that right now lead to seven of ten deaths in the United States and 75 percent of our national health care costs,” Obama said.
 
4. EVIDENCE CRBSIs still a problem for hospitals, APIC survey says
Half of those responding to a survey of 2,075 infection preventionists say catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) “continue to be a problem in their facilities.” Respondents “cite lack of time, resources and the commitment of hospital leadership as hindering their ability to combat these infections more aggressively,” states the survey, released July 12 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Washington, D.C.
 
5. NEWS ASPEN recommends measures to conserve I.V. fat emulsion during shortage
In a July 14 update on the shortage of I.V. fat emulsion in the U.S., the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), Silver Spring, Md., recommended facilities follow its “Information to Use in the Event of an Intravenous Fat Emulsion Shortage.” The current shortage “may last anywhere from six weeks to six months,” states ASPEN, adding, “best estimates suggest that if all facilities implement the shortage guidelines that the national supply will remain commensurate with national demand.”
 
6. NEWS Certification exam deadline for TRENDS is Aug. 13
AACN will offer all certification exams at the TRENDS conference in Philadelphia on the morning of Friday, Oct. 1. Preregister to take an exam by Friday, Aug. 13.
 
7. CALL TO ACTION Share certification best practices by Sept. 30, qualify as NTI panelist
If your facility or chapter has successfully implemented certification best practices — strategies to encourage, recognize and reward certification — in your hospital or unit, submit your story online by Sept. 30. AACN will select the two most innovative practices for panel presentation during the “Creating a Culture of Certification: Best Practices Roundtable” at the 2011 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), April 30-May 5, Chicago. AACN Certification Corporation accepts best-practices submissions, which it posts online year-round.
 
8. CALL TO ACTION Apply for Patient Experience Grant Program by Aug. 1
Apply by Aug. 1 to qualify to receive one of four $1,000 Patient Experience Grants from The Beryl Institute, Bedford, Texas. The new grant program supports research to improve the patient-care experience.
 
9. CALL TO ACTION Submit Circle of Excellence award nominations by Aug. 1
AACN will accept nominations of individuals and chapters for the 2011 Circle of Excellence Awards through Aug. 1. Up to 25 individuals receive the awards — conferred on nurses who exemplify excellence in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and families — and $1,000 honorariums. Chapters may be nominated in several categories. Learn about the awards, review the criteria and complete a nomination form.
 
10. CALL TO ACTION Comment on CMS proposed visitation ruling by Aug. 27
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Baltimore, requests comments by Aug. 27 on a proposed ruling that would require hospitals participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs to have written policies and procedures on patients’ visitation rights. The president’s directive instructed the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., to propose that a “participating hospital not deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.” It suggests that rulemaking consider allowing participating hospitals to “restrict visitation in medically appropriate circumstances.” Read more in the April 29 Critical Care Newsline.
 
11. NEWS AACN’s new Beacon Award for Excellence applications open Nov. 1
Starting Nov. 1, any hospital unit that cares for high acuity or critically ill patients can apply for an AACN Beacon Award for Excellence. The revised program aligns more closely with award programs such as the Malcolm Baldrige Award for Quality and Magnet Recognition Program, making it easier for hospitals applying for multiple recognition programs to meet requirements for nursing-sensitive patient benchmark data. The new Beacon program includes a streamlined review process that offers timely feedback and recommendations for every application, and bronze-, silver- and gold-level designations to help units track their progress over time.
 
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
A July 9 letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., warns that luer lock misconnections, likely underreported, can cause serious injury, particularly with enteral feeding tubes and solutions. Healthcare professionals, hospital purchasing departments and manufacturers can reduce errors by not modifying devices, tracing lines and tubings back to their origins before reconnecting and routing catheters with different purposes in “unique and standardized directions,” it suggests.
 
13. AACN RESOURCES
E-Learning
Did you know you can purchase three of our high-quality Web-based courses for your personal development? “The Preceptor Challenge” and the award-winning “Promoting Excellence in Palliative & End-of-Life Care” feature simulations of real-life experiences. If you’re a new manager or just want to expand your management competencies, the “Essentials of Nurse Manager Orientation” course is also available for individual purchase. Find more information and pricing.
 
‘Stand Tall’ Resources
AACN’s annual theme is a rallying cry that gathers the organization’s mission, vision, core values and strategic direction in a meaningful way. Kristine Peterson, who became AACN president July 1, at the start of AACN’s fiscal year 2011, calls on nurses to “Stand Tall.” This year, AACN introduces Stan Tall, its first theme mascot. Download Stan and learn more. Become Stan’s friend on Facebook.
 
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