Critical Care Newsline — December 20, 2012



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December 20, 2012


NEWS - FDA announces changes in heparin labeling

ACTION - Apply by Dec. 31 to be the NTI 2013 Guest Emcee

RESOURCES - AHA releases ankle-brachial index scientific statement

EVIDENCE - Article in CCN discusses telenursing in the ICU




If I'm not uncomfortable, I'm not growing.


Nancy C. Molter, in "A Daybook for Critical Care Nurses," by Eileen Gallen Bademan



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Apply by Dec. 31 to be the NTI 2013 Guest Emcee

Would you like to be the guest emcee at the 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 18-23 in Boston? Apply by mailing us a two- to three-minute video telling us why you would like to be chosen. You must be able to attend the full NTI 2013, including SuperSessions and rehearsals during the event. The selected guest emcee will receive complimentary NTI registration, airfare and hotel during NTI. Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31. Learn more.


Submit comments on draft guidance to FDA by Jan. 22, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., posted the draft "Guidance for IRBs, Clinical Investigators and Sponsors: IRB Responsibilities for Reviewing the Qualifications of Investigators, Adequacy of Research Sites, and the Determination of Whether an IND/IDE is Needed" for comments only. Reply by Jan. 22, 2013.


Register for 'A Slice of AACN NTI'

Register now for the fourth annual "A Slice of AACN NTI," April 1-5, MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Nationally recognized faculty from AACN's National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) will share their expertise in high acuity and critical care. You can earn up to 14 CNE hours for the preconferences and up to 17.75 CNE hours for the main conference, while networking with your colleagues from across the country. Register by Feb. 25 to obtain the early-bird registration discount.


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We invite you to share your suggestions and comments on the revised AACN CriticalCare eNewsline by participating in a short survey. Once you complete the survey, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate for the AACN Online Bookstore.



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Article in CCN discusses telenursing in the ICU

"Telenursing in the Intensive Care Unit: Transforming Nursing Practice," in December's Critical Care Nurse (CCN), describes tele-ICU nursing interventions that contributed to patient care at a health system for one year.


CNE article in CCN: Hematologic drugs in treatment of MI

December's Critical Care Nurse (CCN) includes "Clots Kill: Hematologic Pharmacology for ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction," a continuing nursing education (CNE) article that uses a case study format to discuss the role of hematologic drugs in the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (MI).


Statins don't decrease muscle strength

High-dose atorvastatin for six months does not decrease average muscle strength or exercise performance, according to "The Effect of Statins on Skeletal Muscle Function," but the study, published online Nov. 26 by Circulation, "confirms the undocumented impression that statins increase muscle complaints" and documents increased average creatine kinase, which suggests mild muscle injury even in those without symptoms.


Atrial fibrillation increases risk of cardiac death

Atrial fibrillation is associated with an increased risk of sudden- and nonsudden-cardiac death, according to "Atrial Fibrillation and the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and Cardiovascular Health Study," published online Nov. 26, by the Archives of Internal Medicine.



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FDA announces changes in heparin labeling

On Dec. 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced heparin label changes that will go into effect May 1, 2013. The label changes require manufacturers of Heparin Lock Flush Solution, USP and Heparin Sodium Injection, USP to clearly state the strength of the entire container of medication followed by how much medication is in 1 milliliter (mL). These modifications will eliminate the need to calculate the total amount of heparin medication in a product containing more than 1 mL, which reduces the risk of medication error.



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AHA releases ankle-brachial index scientific statement

Access "Measurement and Interpretation of the Ankle-Brachial Index: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association (AHA)," published online Nov. 16 by Circulation.


AACN Practice Alert on family visitation in the adult ICU

The unrestricted presence and participation of patients' family members and friends has wide-reaching benefits for patients, both medically and psychologically. This AACN Practice Alert outlines administrative and practical considerations for implementing less-restrictive access to the bedside for these "partners in care." Access other AACN Practice Alerts.



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Apply for an AACN Continuing Professional Development Scholarship

One of the many benefits of AACN membership is the opportunity to apply for a scholarship. AACN Continuing Professional Development Scholarships support programs that help members enrich their career and acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic nursing. You could attend a program on evidence-based practice, a leadership event or a class on improving communication with your colleagues. As an AACN member you are committed to a journey of lifelong learning, and we can provide you with access to endless possibilities.


Dare To

From December's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Speak"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013



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The Power of Self Management: Pride and Professionalism for a Successful Career

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