Critical Care Newsline — December 27, 2012



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December 27, 2012


NEWS - FDA issues Pradaxa valve warning

NEWS - FDA warns of serious skin reactions to Incivek

NEWS - Zicam nasal gel recalled

ACTION - Reserve hotel rooms for NTI

EVIDENCE - Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens report

RESOURCES - AACN offers RSS feeds




Whatever the strategy to prevent slips … a clear lesson is that boring repetitive tasks can be dangerous and are often performed better by machines.


"Understanding Patient Safety ," 2nd ed., by Robert Wachter



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Watch nurses' float in Rose Parade

Watch for the nurses' float in the 124th Rose Parade, Jan. 1, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. — on television or maybe in person. The float is supported by Bare Root, Inc., Pauma Valley, Calif., a nonprofit group of five nurses who raised money for the themed float, "A Healing Place."


Reserve hotel rooms for NTI 2013 in Boston

The annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) takes place in Boston, May 18-23, 2013. AACN Housing is accepting reservations for hotel rooms. Discounted rates are available until April 2, but early booking is strongly advised to ensure the best selection. Register online or call (800) 340-1840.


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CNE Article of the Month in CCN: Contrast-induced nephropathy reviewed

December's Critical Care Nurse (CCN) contains "Contrast-Induced Nephropathy in Critical Care," which discusses etiology, risk factors, pathophysiology, prevention and treatment.


PICCs have fewer complications than PINCCs in neonatal ICU patients, study says

"Complications Associated With Central and Non-Central Venous Catheters in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit," in December's Journal of Perinatology, concludes that the rate of complications with the use of peripherally inserted non-central catheters (PINCCs) is more than twice that of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs).


Practice guidelines, education help clinicians support parents during child's invasive procedures, resuscitation

Implementing "practice guidelines and interprofessional education had a positive impact on clinicians' perceptions and practice when providing parents with options and support during their children's invasive procedures and/or resuscitation," concludes "Parent Presence During Invasive Procedures and Resuscitation: Evaluating a Clinical Practice Change: Evaluating a Clinical Practice Change," in December's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.


Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens report

"Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens Associated With Healthcare-Associated Infections: Summary of Data Reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009-2010," in the January 2013 Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, concludes the proportion of resistant isolates did not substantially change from the previous two years, but "multidrug-resistant gram-negative phenotypes were reported from a moderate proportion of facilities."



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FDA issues Pradaxa valve warning

On Dec. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to clinicians not to prescribe dabigatran (Pradaxa) to patients with mechanical heart valves, an indication for which the oral anticoagulant is not approved.


FDA warns of serious skin reactions to Incivek

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., advised clinicians it has received reports of serious skin reactions, some fatal, in patients taking Incivek (telaprevir), manufactured by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass., in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin. Clinicians should stop this Incivek combination treatment in patients experiencing a rash with systemic symptoms or a progressive severe rash.


Zicam nasal gel recalled

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., announced that Matrixx Initiatives, Bridgewater, N.J., has recalled one lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel, because Burkholderia cepacia was found in a single sample of the product.


CACCN invites AACN members to submit abstracts

The Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN), based in Toronto, invites AACN members to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations at Dynamics 2013, the association's annual conference, scheduled for Sept. 22-24, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Evidence-based presentations about clinical practice, education, research or leadership should relate to this year's conference theme, "Shattering the Silence: Voices of Advocacy in Critical Care Nursing." Access guidelines and submit and abstract by Jan. 31, 2013.


FDA expands use of Zytiga for late-stage prostate cancer

On Dec. 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., expanded the approved use of Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) to treat men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer before receiving chemotherapy.



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AACN offers RSS feeds

AACN's RSS feeds automatically deliver important critical care and high acuity nursing information directly to you, keeping you up-to-date on the latest news, evidence-based practice, clinical resources and peer-reviewed articles. RSS gathers online information in one convenient place, eliminating the need to search the Web for content. AACN's RSS subscriptions currently include a general AACN news feed plus feeds for American Journal of Critical Care and Critical Care Nurse. Learn more and subscribe.



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Nebraska approves ACNPC exam

Nebraska is the latest state to approve AACN Certification Corporation's ACNPC exam for acute care nurse practitioners. The ACNPC map lists the states that accept this exam as a proxy for advanced practice licensure.


Dare To

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



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Pedi-Wheel, 4th Ed.

Author: J. Rose, H. Don, S. DeBoer
(Pocket Cards, 2011)
Product Code:1311030

Turn the dial to your patient's age on one side and the following information appears in the window: average weight, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, suggested sizes for ET tubes and laryngoscope blades, as well as the average length of a properly inserted ET tube at the teeth or gum line.

Member Price: $14.00 (Non-Member: $15.00)





Nurse to Nurse Trauma Care

Author: D. Nayduch
(Pocket Guide, 622 pages, 2009)
Product Code:128659

Written by a nurse with more than two decades of clinical and management experience in trauma care, the book distills essential information into rapidly-accessible clinical directions through the use of algorithms, tables, boxes, clinical pearls, and nursing alerts.

Member Price: $28.50 (Non-Member: $29.95)





Practice Guidelines for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, 2nd Ed.

Author: T. Barkley, C. Myers
(Book, 1024 pages, 2008)
Product Code:120625

This book is a comprehensive, easy-access clinical reference for acute care nurse practitioners and other clinicians. It features guidelines for managing over 230 of the most common conditions experienced by adult patients in acute care.

Member Price: $73.15 (Non-Member: $76.95)





Pocket Brain: EKG and Heart Murmurs, 2nd Edition

Author: P. Warinner
(Pocket Guide, 60 pages, 2004)
Product Code:128623

Written as a quick reference for practitioners to carry in their pocket. Includes the basics of EKG and moves on to blocks, hypertrophy, arrhythmias and analysis of 12-lead. Section on murmurs gives short descriptions of differential causes and maneuvers that may help in diagnosing the murmur.

Member Price: $11.95 (Non-Member: $12.95)





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