Critical Care Newsline — September 8, 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.

Sept. 8, 2011

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1. CALL TO ACTION September is Sepsis Awareness Month
2. CALL TO ACTION Complete clinical alarms survey by Sept. 10
3. RESOURCE Adult CCRN Certification Review live webinars start Oct. 24
4. CALL TO ACTION Complete your profile for certification volunteer positions
5. CALL TO ACTION Submit NTI 2012 poster abstracts by Sept. 19
6. EVIDENCE Predictors of pressure ulcers in ICU patients identified
7. CALL TO ACTION Share certification best practices, qualify as NTI panelist
8. EVIDENCE AHA/ASA release new statement on vascular cognitive impairment
9. CALL TO ACTION Submit AACN grant application by Nov. 1
10. RESOURCE AACN Progressive Care Pathways conference, Nov. 9-12, Las Vegas
11. EVIDENCE American Journal of Infection Control publishes new ICU studies
12. MEMBER BENEFIT Free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com for one year
13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
14. AACN RESOURCES
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1. CALL TO ACTION September is Sepsis Awareness Month
Are you aware that September is Sepsis Awareness Month? According to a recent poll, 58 percent of Americans have never heard of sepsis. Visit sepsisalliance.org for tools to help you speak to patients and their families about what to expect. Sepsis Alliance also provides resources for patients, families and survivors to connect and support each other through social media, including its Facebook page.

2. CALL TO ACTION Complete clinical alarms survey by Sept. 10
Participate online by Sept. 10 in the clinical alarms re-survey — an update of the 2006 survey — to determine changes in healthcare professionals’ perceptions, improvements and priorities for future action. Results from the Healthcare Technology Foundation survey will be presented at the AAMI Medical Device Alarms Summit, which takes place Oct. 4-5 in Herndon, Va. Nurse participation in this survey is vital to improving clinical alarms-related issues.

3. RESOURCE Adult CCRN Certification Review live webinars start Oct. 24
Register for the multi-session Adult CCRN Certification Review Course live webinars, which take place Oct. 24 to Nov. 14. Offering 14.5 contact hours of continuing education credit, the course features practice questions, live polling and text chat with award-winning national speakers. AACN Certification Reviews Online offers this webinar, which covers cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, multisystem, hematology/immunology, behavioral considerations and test-taking tips. Internet access is required to participate alone or with colleagues. Register early as space is limited.

4. CALL TO ACTION Complete your profile for certification volunteer positions
AACN Certification Corporation plans to invite interested certified nurses from the volunteer database to apply for upcoming work: 1) Exam Development Committee work for the Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNPC) certification exam and the Adult, Neonatal and Pediatric Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS) certification exams; and 2) a Practice Analysis Task Force, meeting in January 2012, to develop the survey for the upcoming National Study of Progressive Care to update and refresh the PCCN certification exam. To be considered as a volunteer for these opportunities, create a profile or update an existing one by Friday, Sept. 30. Include exam development, item writing and review panel as key words under specialty skills. Read more about the volunteer program.

5. CALL TO ACTION Submit NTI 2012 poster abstracts by 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 in any of the following categories: chapter best practice, evidence-based solutions and research. Deadline: Monday, Sept. 19.

6. EVIDENCE Predictors of pressure ulcers in ICU patients identified
Predictors of Pressure Ulcers in Adult Critical Care Patients” include age, length of stay, mobility, friction/shear, norepinephrine infusion and cardiovascular disease, according to September’s American Journal of Critical Care. “Current risk assessment scales for development of pressure ulcers may not include risk factors common in critically ill adults,” the article finds.

7. CALL TO ACTION Share certification best practices, qualify as NTI panelist
If your facility or chapter has successfully implemented certification best practices — strategies to encourage, recognize and reward certification — submit your story online by Friday, Sept. 30. AACN Certification Corporation will select the two most innovative practices to be featured during the “Creating a Culture of Certification: Best Practices Roundtable” at the 2012 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 19-24, Orlando, Fla. AACN Certification Corporation accepts best-practices submissions year-round, and they are available to view online.

8. EVIDENCE AHA/ASA release new statement on vascular cognitive impairment
September’s Stroke contains “AHA/ASA Scientific Statement: Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.” The understanding of vascular cognitive impairment has “evolved substantially,” but the statement recommends approaches for expanding knowledge.

9. 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 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.

10. 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. Conference topics include “Building a Culture of Safety, Teamwork and Communication” and “Life-Threatening Coagulopathies.” Download a brochure and register by Friday, Sept. 30 to receive tuition discounts.

11. EVIDENCE American Journal of Infection Control publishes new ICU studies
September’s American Journal of Infection Control contains two ICU-related articles. “Nursing and Physician Attire as Possible Source of Nosocomial Infections” finds that up to 60 percent of staff uniforms are “colonized with potentially pathogenic bacteria, including drug-resistant organisms.” “Knowledge and Practices Regarding Prevention of Infections Associated With Central Venous Catheters (CVCs): A Survey of Intensive Care Unit Medical and Nursing Staff” suggests “a need for increased theoretical knowledge and improvement in practices regarding CVC care.”

12. MEMBER BENEFIT Free enrollment in ChangeAnything.com for one year
ChangeAnything.com is a social media platform based on award-winning research to help people quit undesirable behaviors. In partnership with Change Anything, a division of VitalSmarts, AACN delivers a free one-year premium membership in this online resource — offer valid through Saturday, Dec. 31. Log in to get started.

13. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient Safety
On Aug. 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., and H & P Industries, Inc., Hartland, Wis., announced the recall of Povidone Iodine Swabsticks, Prep Solutions, Scrub Solutions and Prep Gel because of deficient manufacturing testing procedures.

Resource
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., released 2009 data for the Kids’ Inpatient Database (KID) — the only national dataset on hospital use, outcomes and charges for children. Buy KID or access statistical tables for free.

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.

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From September’s AACN Bold Voices
Making Beautiful Music — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012

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