Critical Care Newsline — October 27, 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.

Oct. 27, 2011

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1. NEWS Eli Lilly and Company announces market withdrawal of Xigris
2. NEWS CDC reports decline in HAIs
3. CALL TO ACTION Submit AACN grant applications by Nov. 1
4. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for 2012 AACN Chapter Awards
5. EVIDENCE One fifth of young adults with CHD needed surgery, study finds
6. CALL TO ACTION Apply for HHS-CCSC HAI award
7. RESOURCE AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas
8. CALL TO ACTION Comment on revised ‘ANA Principles for Nurse Staffing’
9. EVIDENCE Study associates delirium after cardiac surgery with higher mortality
10. CALL TO ACTION Participate in survey about RNs and work/family responsibilities
11. NEWS Housing now open for NTI 2012
12. MEMBER BENEFIT Free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com for one year
13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
14. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com

1. NEWS Eli Lilly and Company announces market withdrawal of Xigris
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is informing healthcare professionals and the public that on Oct. 25, 2011, Eli Lilly and Company announced a worldwide voluntary market withdrawal of Xigris [drotrecogin alfa (activated)]. In a recent study, Xigris failed to show a survival benefit for patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.

2. NEWS CDC reports decline in HAIs
Four common healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) declined in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. As reported at a policy summit held Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C., central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections decreased.

3. CALL TO ACTION Submit AACN grant applications by Nov. 1
AACN invites clinicians and researchers to apply for AACN research grants, which range from $1,500 to $50,000 in awards. These grants fund priority projects that address gaps in clinical research and support the translation of these findings to bedside nurses. Apply by Tuesday, Nov. 1.

4. CALL TO ACTION Submit nominations for 2012 AACN Chapter Awards
Nominate chapters for the 2012 AACN Chapter Awards, which recognize exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and further AACN’s mission, vision and values. These awards recognize excellence in a number of categories: chapter collaboration, community education & public service, educational programming, leadership development and promoting the value of certification. There is also an AACN President’s Award for Chapters for which nominations close Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. All other nominations close Tuesday, Nov. 1. Learn more and nominate.

5. EVIDENCE One fifth of young adults with CHD needed surgery, study finds
Surgery in Adults With Congenital Heart Disease” finds that one fifth of young adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) required cardiovascular surgery during a 15-year period. Men with CHD are more likely than women to undergo surgery as an adult and have “worse long-term survival after reoperations,” concludes the study of 10,300 patients in the Oct. 18 Circulation.

6. CALL TO ACTION Apply for HHS-CCSC HAI award
Apply by Dec. 19 for national awards recognizing outstanding achievements in reducing or eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in critical care over 25 months or longer. Now in its second year, this awards program is sponsored by AACN and its partnering organizations in the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and Office of Healthcare Quality, emphasizing success related to reducing or eliminating central line-associated bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Access eligibility, selection criteria and application requirements.

7. RESOURCE AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas
Is your clinical unit called stepdown, intermediate, telemetry, transitional, subacute, direct observation or even the emergency department? Is it a med-surg unit that receives patients directly from the ICU? Then register for the AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas. Sessions include “Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome” and “Navigating the Brain: Neuro Assessment Made Simple.” Download a brochure and register.

8. CALL TO ACTION Comment on revised ‘ANA Principles for Nurse Staffing’
The American Nurses Association (ANA) invites public comment on a proposed revision to “ANA Principles for Nurse Staffing.” Your feedback as a nurse is instrumental in this important work. Download the revision and give your feedback in the comment form. Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 3. If you have questions, contact Katie Brewer at ANA.

9. EVIDENCE Study associates delirium after cardiac surgery with higher mortality
Consequences of Delirium After Cardiac Operations,” published online Oct. 10 by Annals of Thoracic Surgery, associates delirium after cardiac surgery with higher mortality, more hospital readmissions and reduced quality of life.

10. CALL TO ACTION Participate in survey about RNs and work/family responsibilities
You are invited to participate in an online survey about RNs who manage both work and family responsibilities. Doctoral student Leanne Clark-Shirley from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, requests your answers to questions about your job, co-workers and whether you help to care for older family members or friends. You must be an RN and a current member of AACN to participate. This important, confidential survey will help AACN and other nursing organizations better understand how RNs find a balance between work and family needs. Everyone who participates is eligible for a drawing for one of three $50 Amazon.com e-gift cards. Take the survey.

11. NEWS Housing now open for NTI 2012
Planning to attend AACN’s annual premier conference for acute and critical care nurses in 2012? Book your room today for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which takes place Saturday, May 19, through Thursday, May 24, Orlando, Fla. Read housing information and get started.

12. MEMBER BENEFIT Free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com for one year
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 Dec. 31 for free one-year premium membership in this unique online resource.

13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On Oct. 18, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., released Sentinel Event Statistics Data updated through Sept. 30. Data include type of sentinel events, settings, outcomes and self-reported events by year.

Evidence
Neglect of Quality-of-life Considerations in Intensive Care Unit Family Meetings for Long-stay Intensive Care Unit Patients” found quality of life was discussed in fewer than half of initial meetings with families of ICU patients at high risk for mortality and morbidity. “Continued efforts to assist clinicians in routinely including discussions of quality-of-life outcomes is needed,” concludes the study published online Sept. 29 by Critical Care Medicine.

14. 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
“Colleagues can be your best allies. They can help you sort out some of your big and small questions. Learn from others’ experiences and value stories for the lessons they teach. A successful CNS has often spent years learning to stay focused, manage time, prioritize projects and avoid overcommitment.” – Katie Brush, “Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From October’s AACN Bold Voices
We Can’t Do It Alone — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012
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