Critical Care Newsline — May 5, 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.

May 5, 2011

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1. NEWS Happy National Nurses Week
2. NEWS HHS honors inaugural awardees at NTI for eliminating, reducing HAIs
3. NEWS National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month
4. NEWS California staffing law decreased mortality in peds cardiac surgery patients
5. NEWS Silent Treatment webcasts start May 17
6. NEWS AHRQ releases patient safety comparative data report
7. EVIDENCE AHA predicts high rates, costs for CVD
8. EVIDENCE ICU can be ‘teachable moment’ for smoking cessation
9. CALL TO ACTION Nominations open for 2011 Inspired Comfort Award
10. RESOURCE AACN’s Adult CCRN/CCRN-E online review course
11. RESOURCE SCCM plans webcast on ECMO
12. CALL TO ACTION Apply for HRSA nursing student scholarships by June 1
13. CLINICAL RESOURCES
14. AACN RESOURCES NTI 2011 President’s Address
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1. NEWS Happy National Nurses Week
It takes an exceptional person to fulfill the role of an acute or critical care nurse. “Nurses Trusted to Care” is the theme for this year’s National Nurses Week, which takes place May 6-12; Florence Nightingale’s birthday is May 12. It celebrates the many ways in which our excellent community strives to provide safe and high-quality patient care. We thank you for your excellence in patient care. During this week of appreciation, please give yourself the same great care that you give your patients and their families.

2. NEWS HHS honors inaugural awardees at NTI for eliminating, reducing HAIs
On May 2, at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), Chicago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) honored 37 hospital and healthcare facilities for their efforts to prevent — and eventually eliminate — healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), a leading cause of death in the U.S. HHS partnered with the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, of which AACN is a member, to develop the awards program.

3. NEWS National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month
May marks National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month (NCCARM), supported by AACN, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and American Association for Respiratory Care. NCCARM honors the dedication and commitment that critical care teams demonstrate while caring for patients and their families. Learn ways to celebrate NCCARM, including wearing blue on Friday, May 20.

4. NEWS California staffing law decreased mortality in peds cardiac surgery patients
A study in May’s Journal of Nursing Administration found that hospitals complying with California’s staffing law decreased the standardized mortality ratio for pediatric cardiac surgery patients compared to other states and increased the standardized complication ratio. At the same time, there was an increase in the standardized complication ratio, states “Statewide and National Impact of California’s Staffing Law on Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Outcomes.”

5. NEWS Silent Treatment webcasts start May 17
Ready to solve the critical communication breakdowns uncovered in the groundbreaking new study “The Silent Treatment: Why Safety Tools and Checklists Aren’t Enough to Save Lives”? Join AACN, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, Denver, and VitalSmarts, Provo, Utah, for a three-part series of interactive Silent Treatment video webcasts to learn how to hold others accountable when safe practices are violated, leverage behaviors that can prevent harmful patient care and much more. Each 75-minute webcast takes place from 1-2:30 p.m., Eastern, May 17, July 20 and Sept. 13. Register and earn continuing nursing education credit.

6. NEWS AHRQ releases patient safety comparative data report
On April 28, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., released “Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2011 User Comparative Database Report,” which hospitals can use to compare their safety culture to that in other hospitals. Strengths for most hospitals included teamwork within units; nonpunitive response to error, and handoffs and transitions were among areas needing improvement.

7. EVIDENCE AHA predicts high rates, costs for CVD
The American Heart Association (AHA), Dallas, predicts more than 40 percent of people in the U.S. will have cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 2030, and medical costs will triple according to March 1’s Circulation. “Forecasting the Future of Cardiovascular Disease in the United States: a Policy Statement From the American Heart Association” also calls for “effective prevention strategies … to limit the growing burden of CVD.”

8. EVIDENCE ICU can be ‘teachable moment’ for smoking cessation
Behavioral counseling for ICU patients who smoke increases cessation rates, but the effect depends on the intensity of the intervention according to a literature review in March’s Critical Care Medicine. Current literature doesn’t support routine intervention for patients with unhealthy alcohol use, but more research is needed, adds “Secondary Prevention in the Intensive Care Unit: Does Intensive Care Unit Admission Represent a ‘Teachable Moment?’”

9. CALL TO ACTION Nominations open for 2011 Inspired Comfort Award
Nominate a colleague for the 2011 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, sponsored by Cherokee Uniforms, Chatsworth, Calif. Recognizing healthcare professionals for exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation, the award offers prizes such as an all-expense-paid Caribbean cruise for two. Nomination deadline: June 30.

10. 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 exams 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.

11. RESOURCE SCCM plans webcast on ECMO
Next in the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Mount Prospect, Ill., webcast series is “Lessons You Need to Know When Providing ECMO” (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) on Thursday, May 19, from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern. Learn more and register.

12. CALL TO ACTION Apply for HRSA nursing student scholarships by June 1
Apply for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Rockville, Md., Nursing Scholarship Program for RN students in accredited schools of nursing. Deadline: June 1.

13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Guidelines

March’s CHEST contains “Critical Care of Patients With Acute Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke: Update on Recent Evidence and International Guidelines.”

14. AACN RESOURCES
NTI 2011 President’s Address
Kristine Peterson, AACN President 2010-2011

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