Critical Care Newsline — August 18, 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.

Aug. 18, 2011

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1. EVIDENCE High-dose statins reduce risk of MI in PCI patients
2. CALL TO ACTION Submit NTI 2012 poster abstracts, Aug. 19-Sept. 19
3. CALL TO ACTION Comment on FDA draft guidelines for mobile medical apps
4. CALL TO ACTION Participate in U.S. Pharmacopeia study of med labels
5. CALL TO ACTION Join world-famous Nurses’ Health Study
6. CALL TO ACTION Nominate an ‘Amazing Nurse’ for Johnson & Johnson contest
7. NEWS CMS increases 2012 Medicare reimbursement for hospitals
8. CALL TO ACTION AACN grant applications open Sept. 1
9. CALL TO ACTION Register for AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference
10. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
11. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. EVIDENCE High-dose statins reduce risk of MI in PCI patients
Giving high-dose statins before percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) significantly reduces the risk of periprocedural myocardial infarction (MI) and adverse events a month after PCI, according to Aug. 9’s Circulation. “This strategy should be considered in all patients with planned percutaneous coronary intervention,” concludes “Clinical Benefit of Statin Pretreatment in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Collaborative Patient-level Meta-Analysis of 13 Randomized Studies.” Evidence-Based Medicine published a commentary online Aug. 6.

2. CALL TO ACTION Submit NTI 2012 poster abstracts, Aug. 19-Sept. 19
Be an essential part of the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which takes place May 19-24, in Orlando, Fla., as a poster participant. Submit poster abstracts from Aug. 19-Sept. 19 in any of the following categories: chapter best practice, evidence-based solutions and research.

3. CALL TO ACTION Comment on FDA draft guidelines for mobile medical apps
Comment by Oct. 19 on draft guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Md., that would regulate medical apps found on iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones. The FDA wants to know what factors to consider when determining risk classification of software that provides clinical-decision-support functionality.

4. CALL TO ACTION Participate in U.S. Pharmacopeia study of med labels
Complete a confidential survey, sponsored by U.S. Pharmacopeia, Rockville, Md., to help improve safe use of injectable drug products. This brief survey asks about usage and disposal terms on injectable medication vial labels and should take about 10 minutes to complete.

5. CALL TO ACTION Join world-famous Nurses’ Health Study
Were you born after Jan. 1, 1965? Join Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) 3 — designed to learn about nutrition, physical activity and medication use to improve women’s health and quality of life. NHS 3 builds on the two previous Nurses’ Health Studies, which enrolled more than 236,000 women combined. Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, these studies are among the largest and longest-running investigations of factors that influence women’s health.

6. CALL TO ACTION Nominate an ‘Amazing Nurse’ for Johnson & Johnson contest
The Campaign for Nursing’s Future, supported by Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J., invites nominations for “amazing nurses” who make a difference in people’s lives. One grand-prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to Los Angeles and two VIP tickets to attend the 2011 CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute live broadcast. Johnson & Johnson will also feature the winner in a television commercial. Finalists and semifinalists will appear on the Amazing Nurses contest website. Learn more and nominate by Sept. 11.

7. NEWS CMS increases 2012 Medicare reimbursement for hospitals
On Aug. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Baltimore, increased 2012 payment rates to hospitals by 1 percent. This final rule affects Medicare payments to general acute care hospitals and long-term-care hospitals for inpatient stays and “supports efforts to promote ongoing improvements in hospital care that will lead to better patient outcomes while addressing long-term health care cost growth,” CMS says. The change is expected to raise Medicare’s operating payments by $1.13 billion, or 1.1 percent.

8. CALL TO ACTION AACN grant applications open Sept. 1
AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for its grants. Awards range from $1,500 to $50,000. These grants fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings to bedside nurses. Applications open Sept. 1 and must be submitted online by Nov. 1. Learn more and get started.

9. CALL TO ACTION Register for AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference
Do you work in progressive care, including intermediate care, direct observation, stepdown, telemetry, transitional or emergency care? Do you work in a medical-surgical area of a hospital that doesn’t have progressive care? Then register for the AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas. Preconferences include “Cardiac and Vasoactive Medications” and “Cardiac Monitoring Essentials for Progressive Care.” Download a brochure, and register by Sept. 30 to receive tuition discounts.

10. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient safety
On Aug. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson, Ark., and the state of Arkansas signed an agreement to establish a virtual Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science for joint research, educational training, collaborations and outreach.

11. AACN RESOURCES
Find jobs at NursePath.com
Are you a recent graduate? Or are you a mid- or senior-career acute or critical care nurse looking to change jobs or locations? Visit NursePath.com, AACN’s online career site, to find employment opportunities in high acuity and critical care across the U.S.

AACN Bold Voices
Even When There’s Chaos — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012

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