Critical Care Newsline — February 23, 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. 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.

Feb. 23, 2012

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1. NEWS AHRQ announces free TeamSTEPPS training
2. NEWS NIH launches website to encourage participation in clinical trials
3. CALL TO ACTION Register for ‘A Slice of AACN NTI’
4. CALL TO ACTION Apply for DAISY Foundation nursing research and EBP grants
5. CALL TO ACTION Participate in complementary and alternative therapies survey
6. CALL TO ACTION Nominate a colleague for an AAMI award
7. RESOURCE ROI Toolkit helps you make a strong case for attending NTI
8. CALL TO ACTION Attend NTI’s Chapter Leadership Development Workshop, May 20
9. CE ARTICLE CCN publishes overview of abdominal compartment syndrome
10. EVIDENCE CCN article reports wide variations in flushing CVCs
11. BOOKSTORE ‘Arrhythmia Essentials’
12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
13. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. NEWS AHRQ announces free TeamSTEPPS training
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., is offering free training opportunities for TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety), a program designed to improve communication and teamwork. Register to view a list of courses, dates and locations. The six regional training centers are NorthShore Long Island Jewish Health System, Roslyn Harbor, N.Y.; Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Tulane University, New Orleans; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Presbyterian St. Luke’s, Denver; and University of Washington, Seattle. Email AHRQTeamSTEPPS@aha.org with questions.

2. NEWS NIH launches website to encourage participation in clinical trials
On Feb. 6, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Rockville, Md., launched “NIH Clinical Research Trials and You,” to encourage participation in clinical trials. The website includes educational information, links to databases of clinical trials and resources healthcare providers can use to encourage participation.

3. CALL TO ACTION Register for ‘A Slice of AACN NTI’
Contemporary Forums and AACN continue their collaboration with the third annual “A Slice of AACN NTI,” April 9-13, Paris Hotel, 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 30.5 CE hours while networking with your colleagues from across the country. Register by Feb. 27 to obtain the early-bird registration discount.

4. CALL TO ACTION Apply for DAISY Foundation nursing research and EBP grants
The DAISY Foundation, Glen Ellen, Calif., encourages nurses seeking to improve treatment of patients with auto-immune diseases and cancer to apply for a research or evidence-based practice (EBP) grant through the J. Patrick Barnes Grant program. Two types of grants are available: research grants up to $5,000 for studies that involve clinical research directly benefiting patients and/or families; and EBP project grants up to $2,000 that use patient-focused data to study and develop improved nursing practices. There are two funding cycles: The first deadline to submit a letter of intent for a grant is April 2. Grants also will be awarded beginning in the fall with a letter-of-intent submission deadline of Sept. 14. For more information, visit The Daisy Foundation and click on the Nursing Research Grants tab.

5. CALL TO ACTION Participate in complementary and alternative therapies survey
Patients in the ICU have critical injuries or illnesses, a great amount of pain and a stressful environment, which can hinder their recovery. Complementary and alternative therapies can offer pain relief, a calming environment and help patients recover. They include therapies, treatments and products, such as music, tactile touch and relaxation techniques, that are not part of mainstream medicine. Amanda Stasch, a graduate nursing student at DePaul University in Chicago, is conducting a research study about the current use of these therapies in the ICU and nurses’ perceptions of their effectiveness. Participate in the survey. Email astasch@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

6. CALL TO ACTION Nominate a colleague for an AAMI award
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Arlington, Va., is seeking nominations for the 2012 AAMI and AAMI Foundation Awards. These annual awards recognize significant work in medical instrumentation, including lifetime achievement in research and career achievement in engineering and service. They will be presented June 3, during AAMI’s Annual Conference & Expo, Charlotte, N.C. Download a nomination form. Deadline to submit forms: March 15.

7. RESOURCE ROI Toolkit helps you make a strong case for attending NTI
To help you discuss the value of attending the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) — May 19-24, in Orlando, Fla. — with your manager, visit our ROI Toolkit webpage for customizable templates, including a sample letter, value of attending worksheet and postconference report that you can share with your team in advance. If you’ve already made plans to attend, register by Thursday, April 5, and save $76. And be sure to sign up for a hotel room through AACN Housing. Discounted rates are available until April 10, but early booking is strongly advised to ensure the best selection.

8. CALL TO ACTION Attend NTI’s Chapter Leadership Development Workshop, May 20
Many chapters have registered for the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop (LDW); have you? Chapters that attend receive a $435 stipend to help defray expenses — the only preconference that offers this perk. Sign up for LDW at the same time you register for NTI. Are you already registered for NTI and need to add LDW? Call Customer Care at (800) 899-2226.

9. CE ARTICLE CCN publishes overview of abdominal compartment syndrome
Intra-abdominal Hypertension and Abdominal Compartment Syndrome: A Comprehensive Overview,” a continuing education (CE) article in February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN), discusses the conditions and includes evidence-based definitions, guidelines and recommendations from the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome.

10. EVIDENCE CCN article reports wide variations in flushing CVCs
National Survey of Central Venous Catheter (CVC) Flushing in the Intensive Care Unit” found that flushing practices for CVCs vary widely. “A randomized controlled trial is needed to determine the optimal flushing solution to maintain short-term patency,” concludes the survey in February’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN).

11. BOOKSTORE ‘Arrhythmia Essentials’
Arrhythmia Essentials” is a current, concise and detailed guide to heart rhythm disturbances. This pocket-sized reference includes specific examples of each arrhythmia, numerous algorithms for arrhythmia diagnosis and management and indications for implantable rhythm management devices and ablation. Access this resource and other new titles.

12. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient safety
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., has released “AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals” for hospitals that use its Inpatient Quality Indicators and Patient Safety Indicators to improve care. The free toolkit is designed and tested to meet the needs of a variety of users, including senior leaders, quality staff and improvement teams.

Guidelines
The Feb. 15 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine contains “An Official American Thoracic Society Statement: Update on the Mechanisms, Assessment, and Management of Dyspnea,” which concludes, “There is a critical need for interdisciplinary translational research to connect dyspnea mechanisms with clinical treatment and to validate dyspnea measures as patient-reported outcomes for clinical trials.”

Access “Management of Hyperglycemia in Hospitalized Patients in Non-Critical Care Setting: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline,” in January’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md., has released “Guidelines for the Determination of Brain Death in Infants and Children: An Update of the 1987 Task Force Recommendations.”

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
“Long before the advent of ICP monitoring, trephination was performed to relieve increasing pressure inside the skull. ICP monitoring is the cornerstone of neurosurgical critical care and is recognized as the most significant factor in determining the outcome for many neurologic events.” — Linda Littlejohns and Mary Kay Bader, eds. “AACN-AANN Protocols for Practice: Monitoring Technologies in Critically Ill Neuroscience Patients.”

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From February’s AACN Bold Voices
Family Visitation: How, not if” — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012
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