Critical Care Newsline — December 29, 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.

Dec. 29, 2011

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1. NEWS HHS funds new program to improve patient care
2. EVIDENCE Optimal management of shivering during therapeutic hypothermia
3. CALL TO ACTION Register for NICHE webinar on older adults with heart failure
4. CALL TO ACTION Apply for NLN research grants
5. EVIDENCE WHO Surgical Checklist reduces in-hospital mortality
6. SHOW YOUR NTI SPIRIT NTI 2012 T-shirts now available
7. CALL TO ACTION U.S. Department of Labor conducting acute care nursing survey
8. CALL TO ACTION Participate in ASTM survey on non-sterile isolation gowns
9. CALL TO ACTION Comment on proposed TJC emergency and safety standards
10. CALL TO ACTION Join world-famous Nurses’ Health Study
11. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for AACN President’s Awards for Chapters
12. BOOKSTORE New resource for technology integration in the classroom
13. MEMBER BENEFIT Sign up for free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com by Dec. 31
14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
15. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. NEWS HHS funds new program to improve patient care
On Dec. 14, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that as part of its Partnership for Patients initiative, a public-private collaboration to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare, 26 healthcare organizations will receive $218 million to identify solutions to reduce healthcare acquired infections and work to spread solutions to other organizations and healthcare providers.

2. EVIDENCE Optimal management of shivering during therapeutic hypothermia
Pharmacological methods to control shivering during therapeutic hypothermia include the drug meperidine, which provides the greatest reduction in the shivering threshold. Effective nonpharmacological agents include skin counterwarming techniques in conjunction with medication, according to “Optimal Management of Shivering During Therapeutic Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest,” in December’s Critical Care Nurse.

3. CALL TO ACTION Register for NICHE webinar on older adults with heart failure
Register for a two-part webinar: “What Every Nurse Needs to Know to Care for Older Adults With Heart Failure,” from Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), a program of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, New York. Part 1 (Jan. 19, 2012 at 2 p.m. EST) will include epidemiology and clinical evaluation. Part 2 (Feb. 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. EST) will include medication management, non-pharmacologic therapies and pitfalls for health failure care. Free registration for NICHE sites; non-NICHE sites pay $99 for first participant ($12.95 per additional participant contact hour).

4. CALL TO ACTION Apply for NLN research grants
The National League for Nursing (NLN), New York, invites proposals in two areas — “NLN/Midwest Nursing Research Society Doctoral Dissertation Award” (response deadline Feb. 15, 2012) and “2012 NLN Nursing Education Research Grants” (response deadline Feb. 23, 2012).

5. EVIDENCE WHO Surgical Checklist reduces in-hospital mortality
Implementing the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Surgical Checklist in a tertiary university hospital reduced 30-day in-hospital mortality, according to the January 2012 Annals of Surgery. The effect depended “crucially” on checklist compliance, concludes “Effects of the Introduction of the WHO ‘Surgical Safety Checklist’ on In-Hospital Mortality: A Cohort Study.”

6. SHOW YOUR NTI SPIRIT NTI 2012 T-shirts now available
Order your official NTI 2012 T-shirt from the online AACN Bookstore, and plan to wear it at the opening session, Monday, May 21, 2012, in honor of AACN President Mary Stahl. The shirts are black with the “Together. Stronger. Bolder.” artwork on the back and a small NTI logo on the front. The presale price is $15 plus tax and $3 shipping until April 4, 2012. Both black and white T-shirts will be available on-site at NTI for $20 each. Proceeds from all T-shirt sales benefit AACN’s host chapter, Metropolitan Orlando.

7. CALL TO ACTION U.S. Department of Labor conducting acute care nursing survey
Representatives conducting a survey for the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) System, a database of occupational requirements and worker attributes based in the U.S. Department of Labor, will be calling AACN members during the end of December and in January 2012 to gather information for the acute care nursing category. O*NET information facilitates career guidance and supports workforce education and creation of competency models. Contact Traci Davis with questions.

8. CALL TO ACTION Participate in ASTM survey on non-sterile isolation gowns
ASTM International in West Conshohocken, Pa., which develops voluntary consensus standards, invites nurses to participate in a short survey on the use of non-sterile isolation gowns. Results will help in creating a standard for these gowns that meets requirements for personal protection and comfort.

9. CALL TO ACTION Comment on proposed TJC emergency and safety standards
The Joint Commission (TJC), Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., invites comments on two proposed standards — revisions to its “Patient Flow in the Emergency Department” requirements (response deadline Jan. 20, 2012) and a National Patient Safety Goal addressing overuse of treatments, procedures and tests (response deadline Jan. 24, 2012).

10. CALL TO ACTION Join world-famous Nurses’ Health Study
Are you between 20 and 46 years old? If so, join the world-famous Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) 3 to contribute to groundbreaking research on lifestyle, environment, nurses’ work life and women’s health. NHS 3 builds on the two previous Nurses’ Health Studies, which enrolled more than 230,000 participants combined. Participation requires only an hour of your time each year. Recruitment continues until there are 100,000 enrollees. December’s Critical Care Nurse editorial addresses this study.

11. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for AACN President’s Awards for Chapters
Nominate chapters for the 2012 AACN President’s Awards for Chapters, which recognize the chapters that best exemplify the association’s annual theme. Learn more and nominate by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

12. BOOKSTORE New resource for technology integration in the classroom
The Technology Toolbelt for Teaching,” a hands-on resource that shows how to integrate technology into lessons, categorizes common technologies by group and explains how they can be most effective in online or face-to-face classrooms. Access this resource and other new titles.

13. MEMBER BENEFIT Sign up for free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com by Dec. 31
Take control of the sources of influence that impact your behavior by becoming both the subject and the scientist of your change. In partnership with Change Anything, a division of VitalSmarts, AACN welcomes members to ChangeAnything.com — a social media website based on award-winning research. Sign up by Saturday, Dec. 31 for free one-year premium membership in this unique online resource.

14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Evidence

Risk Factors for Positive Admission Surveillance Cultures for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci in a Neurocritical Care Unit” include intravenous antibiotics and hospitalization in the past year, immunocompromised health status, intravenous drug use, long-term hemodialysis and known carrier status. Decision trees that consider risk factors can help determine the need for admission surveillance cultures, states the study in October’s Critical Care Medicine.

Guidelines
Access a summary of “Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians,” published Nov. 1 in Annals of Internal Medicine.

15. 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.

Notable Quote
“Over the last three decades, we have witnessed a remarkable expansion and maturation of the fields of cardiac electrophysiology, ablation, pacing, and defibrillation.” — N.A. Mark Estes, in “Cardiac Arrhythmia Management: A Practical Guide for Nurses and Allied Professionals,” Angela Tsiperfal, Linda K. Ottoboni, Salwa Beheiry, Amin Al-Ahmad, Andrea Natale and Paul Wang, eds.

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From December’s AACN Bold Voices
Embrace Conflict. Really?” — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012
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