Critical Care Newsline — April 21, 2011

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.

April 21, 2011

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1. CALL TO ACTION Register now for NTI Procedural Anatomy Cadaver Lab
2. CALL TO ACTION Register online for NTI, there’s still time
3. NEWS Web-based resources integrated into critical care education
4. EVIDENCE Recent MI increases risk of postop MI, mortality
5. PATIENT SAFETY Communication practices and patient management
6. CALL TO ACTION AACN Nominating Committee member on nominations process
7. RESOURCE AACN’s CCRN-E initial certification for tele-ICU practice
8. NEWS April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
9. RESOURCE AACN’s Adult CCRN/CCRN-E online review course
10. CALL TO ACTION Comment on TJC proposed flu vaccine requirements for staff
11. CALL TO ACTION Participate in study on patient-ventilator dyssynchrony
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
13. AACN RESOURCES 12 Minutes
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1. CALL TO ACTION Register now for NTI Procedural Anatomy Cadaver Lab
Want to see real-world critical care anatomy procedures performed on cadavers? Come to one of two Procedural Anatomy Labs on Sunday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited for these popular half-day preconferences that explore the risks and complications of procedures performed during suboptimal conditions — scenarios such as rapid response for patients experiencing sepsis or therapeutic hypothermia for cardiac arrest. Sponsored by Vidacare Corp., San Antonio, and the Medical Education & Research Institute, Memphis, Tenn., these important hands-on sessions help you make informed patient care decisions. View pictures from last year.

2. CALL TO ACTION Register online for NTI, there’s still time
Advance online registration for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Chicago is open until Sunday, April 24, 11:59 p.m., Pacific. Register now.

3. NEWS Web-based resources integrated into critical care education
More than 135 “Web-based Resources for Critical Care Education” exist, and e-learning is being actively integrated into training programs according to March’s Critical Care Medicine. “Knowledge of available Web-based educational resources may enhance critical care practitioners’ ongoing learning and clinical competence, although this has not been objectively measured to date,” the review concludes.

4. EVIDENCE Recent MI increases risk of postop MI, mortality
Patients who had a myocardial infarction (MI) within 30 days of surgery had a higher risk of postop MI and 30-day and one-year mortality, according to a retrospective analysis in May’s Annals of Surgery. “Strategies such as delaying elective operations for at least eight weeks and medical optimization should be considered,” concludes “Risk of Surgery Following Recent Myocardial Infarction.”

5. PATIENT SAFETY Communication practices and patient management
A policy and education initiative to improve surgical communication significantly reduced “potentially harmful communication breakdowns” in four teaching hospitals, according to a study of 211 events and 1,360 patients in May’s Annals of Surgery. In one-third of cases, using the recommended communication practices significantly altered patient management, states “A Policy-based Intervention for the Reduction of Communication Breakdowns in Inpatient Surgical Care: Results From a Harvard Surgical Safety Collaborative.”

6. CALL TO ACTION AACN Nominating Committee member on nominations process
Nominate candidates for the FY2013-15 AACN Board of Directors and FY2013 Nominating Committee. Get started at www.aacn.org/nominations. Melissa Hutchinson, AACN Nominating Committee member and clinical nurse specialist, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle, explains the inherent relationship between AACN leadership and daily clinical practice. “Serving on the AACN Nominating Committee gave me an up-close perspective of high acuity and critical care nursing that guides my professional career to this day,” she says. Nominations close Tuesday, May 31.

7. RESOURCE AACN’s CCRN-E initial certification for tele-ICU practice
Do you work in a tele-ICU, behind the camera from a remote location? AACN Certification Corporation now offers an initial certification exam that validates knowledge required for your practice. Successful completion of the exam results in the CCRN-E credential. Learn more, get started.

8. NEWS April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Springfield, Va., takes place Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at collection sites across the country. Addressing the public safety and public health issue of prescription drug abuse, the event encourages the safe disposal of unwanted, unused prescription drugs. Find a collection site near you.

9. RESOURCE AACN’s Adult CCRN/CCRN-E online review course
Experience the easy access and convenience of preparing for your AACN Adult CCRN/CCRN-E certification exam online. With AACN’s latest addition to the Certification Reviews Online selections, you can study anytime and anywhere — and as often as you like — using an Internet connection. The 14.5-contact-hour course offers a comprehensive review, in which a distinguished national panel of prominent experts from the critical care nursing community prepares you for the certification exam given by AACN Certification Corporation.

10. CALL TO ACTION Comment on TJC proposed flu vaccine requirements for staff
The Joint Commission (TJC), Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., invites comments on proposed requirements related to influenza vaccination of staff and licensed independent practitioners. Deadline: May 17.

11. CALL TO ACTION Participate in study on patient-ventilator dyssynchrony
Nurse researchers at the University of Pittsburgh invite nurses who care for mechanically ventilated patients to participate in an anonymous, secure online survey on how nurses assess and manage patient-ventilator dyssynchrony — mismatched patient-ventilator breaths. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Guidelines

Access “Evidence-based Guideline: Treatment of Painful Diabetic Neuropathy: Report of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,” published online April 11 by Neurology.

13. AACN RESOURCES
Stand Tall:
AACN Bold Voices
12 Minutes — Kristine Peterson, AACN President 2010-2011

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