Critical Care Newsline — August 16, 2012

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. Each issue includes links to resources, research abstracts (individual sites may require registration and a fee to access complete articles) and websites that will inform you on issues affecting nurses and the nursing profession.

Aug. 16, 2012

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1. NEWS Covidien recalls certain lots of tracheostomy tubes
2. NEWS Sentinel event alert on opioid use in hospitals
3. NEWS CDC issues health advisory on influenza A (H3N2v) infections
4. CALL TO ACTION Application deadline for COE awards is Aug. 20
5. CALL TO ACTION Progressive care nurses: Register for ‘AACN Progressive Care Pathways’ by Sept. 4 and save
6. CALL TO ACTION Nurse managers: Register for ‘AACN Nurse Manager Priorities’
7. EVIDENCE Case studies in CCN describe spontaneous coronary artery dissection
8. CNE ARTICLE Article in CCN on value of case histories in teaching
9. NTI Give the gift of learning and rejuvenation
10. CALL TO ACTION Complete a survey on compassion fatigue resources for ICU nurses
11. BOOKSTORE BEST SELLER Sepsis Pocket Reference Card
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
13. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. NEWS Covidien recalls certain lots of tracheostomy tubes
On Aug. 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., announced that Covidien LP, Boulder, Colo., has recalled certain lots of Shiley size 8, adult, cuffed, reusable tracheostomy tubes, because volume leakage and/or disconnection between the inner and outer cannulae have occurred during mechanical ventilation of patients.

2. NEWS Sentinel event alert on opioid use in hospitals
On Aug. 8, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., issued “Safe Use of Opioids in Hospitals,” a sentinel event alert that urges hospitals “to take specific steps to prevent serious complications or even deaths from opioid use.” Recommendations include monitoring patients receiving opioids, using available technology to improve prescribing safety, providing education and implementing standardized tools for screening patients for risk factors such as oversedation and respiratory depression.

3. NEWS CDC issues health advisory on influenza A (H3N2v) infections
Multiple cases of influenza A (H3N2v) virus infections (swine flu) have been reported since July 12 in three U.S. states, according to an Aug. 3 health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. In all 16 cases contact with swine occurred before illness; in 15 of those cases, contact occurred while attending or exhibiting swine at an agricultural fair. The advisory outlines recommendations for the public and for healthcare providers.

4. CALL TO ACTION Application deadline for COE awards is Aug. 20
Many AACN members requested more time to nominate fellow AACN members for the 2013 AACN Circle of Excellence (COE) awards, which recognize acute and critical care nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Up to 25 recipients will be selected and inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society. Nominations close Monday, Aug. 20. Learn more and nominate.

5. CALL TO ACTION Progressive care nurses: Register for ‘AACN Progressive Care Pathways’ by Sept. 4 and save
AACN and Contemporary Forums continue their collaboration with the second annual “AACN Progressive Care Pathways” conference, Oct. 14-17, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas. If your clinical unit is called stepdown, intermediate, telemetry, transitional, subacute, direct observation or even the emergency department, or if it’s a med-surg unit that receives patients directly from the ICU, this conference is for you. Attend a preconference on hemodynamic monitoring or progressive care pharmacology, and stay for the main conference with topics such as “Preventing Respiratory Failure: Stop the Progression.” Register by Tuesday, Sept. 4 to obtain the early registration discount. Earn up to 25.25 contact hours.

6. CALL TO ACTION Nurse managers: Register for ‘AACN Nurse Manager Priorities’
AACN and Contemporary Forums continue their collaboration with the second annual “AACN Nurse Manager Priorities” conference, Sept. 6-8, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas. Nationally recognized faculty will share their expertise on topics such as “Effectively Leading Teams” and “Enhancing the Patient Experience: What Are Organizations Doing to Strengthen Patient Satisfaction?” Earn up to 17 contact hours while networking with your colleagues from across the country. Register online.

7. EVIDENCE Case studies in CCN describe spontaneous coronary artery dissection
Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: A Rare Threat to Young Women,” in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), presents two case studies that describe this condition.

8. CNE ARTICLE Article in CCN on value of case histories in teaching
Case Histories in the Education of Advanced Practice Nurses,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in August’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), focuses on the value of case histories in teaching and evaluating acute and critical care advanced practice nursing students.

9. NTI Give the gift of learning and rejuvenation
Start planning for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) — Saturday, May 18, to Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Boston, with an AACN gift certificate. Give a nurse colleague access to NTI’s essential knowledge, resources and networking opportunities. If you order between now and October you will receive the NTI 2012 price.

10. CALL TO ACTION Complete a survey on compassion fatigue resources for ICU nurses
A new survey is now open to investigate available resources on compassion fatigue for ICU nurses. Kristen Linton, a graduate nursing student at DePaul University, Chicago, is conducting the survey, which will take you less than 15 minutes to fill out. Email Linton if you have questions.

11. BOOKSTORE BEST SELLER Sepsis Pocket Reference Card
AACN Sepsis Pocket Reference Card” provides an overview of sepsis at your fingertips, including criteria for differentiating sepsis and severe sepsis, management measures and ways to support critically ill patients with sepsis. Access other pocket reference cards in AACN’s Online Bookstore.

12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient safety
On Aug. 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced Respironics, Inc., Murrysville, Pa., has recalled certain models of Trilogy ventilators, because defective power supply components may cause the ventilator to unexpectedly stop without an alarm sounding.

On Aug. 3, the FDA also announced that Smiths Medical, St. Paul, Minn., recalled all Medfusion Model 4000 Syringe Infusion Pumps with software versions V1.0 and V1.1, because system errors can cause the device to stop running.

Guidelines
Access “Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children With Congenital Heart Disease: Evaluation and Management: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association,” which Circulation published online July 30.

13. 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
“Multitasking has no place in coaching conversations … You can’t have a conversation with the team member and simultaneously have a conversation in your head with your boss or kids.” Kimberly McNally and Liz Cunningham, “The Nurse Executive’s Coaching Manual.”

Dare To
From August’s AACN Bold Voices
Dare to Dream” — Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
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