Critical Care Newsline — December 6, 2012



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December 6, 2012


NEWS - Single IV Zofran dose withdrawn from market

NEWS - CDC issues Health Update on fungal meningitis outbreak

NEWS - FDA approves flu vaccine from cell culture technology

ACTION - Join the online conversation on Facebook

EVIDENCE - Inotropes may contribute to P aeruginosa VAP

RESOURCES - AACN Practice Alert on CAUTIs




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Join the online conversation on Facebook

Join the daily online conversation with the AACN community on our Facebook page. Recent hot topics have included Super Storm Sandy, NTI, the so-called "weekend effect" and the potential mix-up between high-alert drugs. Please take a look, and "Like" our page while you're there.


Apply for HAI reduction award

For the third year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, of which AACN is a member, are sponsoring a program to recognize teams of critical care professionals and healthcare institutions for outstanding leadership to eliminate or reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).Apply for an award by Dec. 19.


Submit nominations for AACN President's Award for Chapters

Nominate chapters for the 2013 AACN President's Award for Chapters, which recognizes exemplary efforts to make a difference in the healthcare profession and communities and further AACN's mission, vision and values. Nominations close Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Learn more and nominate.


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Study in CCN reports results of furosemide infusion for reducing edema

"Clinical Outcomes of a Furosemide Infusion Protocol in Edematous Patients in the Intensive Care Unit," in December's Critical Care Nurse (CCN), reports the results of a study related to the challenge of clearing edematous fluid in ICU patients.


CNE Article: Contrast-induced nephropathy reviewed in CCN

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


Inotropes may contribute to P aeruginosa VAP

Catecholamine inotrope-bacterial interactions may contribute to the development of P aeruginosa-ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), according to "Pseudomonas aeruginosa-Catecholamine Inotrope Interactions: A Contributory Factor in the Development of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia?" in November's CHEST.



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Single IV Zofran dose withdrawn from market

On Dec. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced that the 32 mg, single IV dose of Zofran (ondansetron hydrochloride) will no longer be marketed because of the risk of prolonged QT interval leading to the potentially fatal rhythm Torsades de Pointes. The FDA is working with manufacturers to voluntarily recall the product. The FDA continues to recommend the Zofran IV regimen of 0.15 mg/kg given every four hours for three doses to prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and states that no single IV dose should exceed 16 mg. Oral dosing of the drug is not affected.


CDC issues Health Update on fungal meningitis outbreak

On Dec. 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, issued a Health Update noting that additional microbial contamination has been identified in medical products from New England Compounding Center (NECC), Framingham, Mass. The contamination was found in "unopened vials of betamethasone, cardioplegia, and triamcinolone solutions distributed and recalled from NECC," according to the update. The CDC asks clinicians to report infections that might be related to NECC products to FDA's MedWatch and to their state health department.


FDA approves flu vaccine from cell culture technology

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., approved Flucelvax, the first seasonal influenza vaccine licensed in the United States produced using cultured animal cells instead of fertilized chicken eggs. Advantages of cell culture technology include the ability to maintain an adequate supply of readily available, previously tested and characterized cells for use in vaccine production and the potential for a faster start-up of the vaccine-manufacturing process if a pandemic occurs.



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AACN Practice Alert on CAUTIs

UTIs account for nearly 40 percent of hospital-acquired infections in acute care hospitals, leading to increased hospital costs and higher patient morbidity and mortality rates. This AACN Practice Alert on Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) stresses the use of pre- and post-catheterization assessments to gauge proper catheter use and to monitor early indications of infection. Access other AACN Practice Alerts.



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Easier access to AJCC and CCN

Now you can use your AACN log-in for direct access to American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) and Critical Care Nurse (CCN). You can also continue to access the journals through the publications portal on the main AACN website.


Dare To

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



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This innovative text provides practical strategies for developing, integrating, and evaluating new and emerging technology, specifically game-based learning methods, useful in nursing and clinical health sciences education. The text draws upon existing models of experiential learning such as Benner's "thinking-in-action" and "novice-to-expert" frameworks, and introduces current theories supporting the phenomenon of the created learning environment.

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