Critical Care Newsline — March 8, 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.

March 8, 2012

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1. NEWS CDC’s ACIP expands Tdap vaccination for older adults
2. RESOURCE Build your own curriculum at NTI
3. RESOURCE AHRQ tools foster communication between patients and clinicians
4. RESOURCE AAMI promotes infection pump safety tips
5. CALL TO ACTION Celebrate Certified Nurses Day, March 19
6. CALL TO ACTION Register for free AHRQ webinar on quality indicators toolkit
7. CALL TO ACTION Register for ‘A Slice of AACN NTI’
8. CALL TO ACTION Apply for ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowships
9. CALL TO ACTION Yale Heart Study asks nurses to promote survey
10. EVIDENCE Study in AJCC finds assessment can facilitate patient-family communication
11. EVIDENCE Delirium after cardiac surgery may increase mortality, study says
12. CE ARTICLE Study in AJCC finds computerized insulin dose calculator beneficial
13. BOOKSTORE New handbook on how to master precepting
14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
15. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. NEWS CDC’s ACIP expands Tdap vaccination for older adults
Feb. 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s), Atlanta, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that all adults over age 19 should receive one dose of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if they haven’t received it already. Previously, Tdap was recommended only for some adults age 65 or older.

2. RESOURCE Build your own curriculum at NTI
Build a curriculum to support your clinical or professional role, priority educational needs or hospital-wide or unit improvement initiatives at this year’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Orlando, Fla., May 19-24. More than 300 high-quality learning opportunities presented by experts in the field will positively affect your nursing practice. Search sessions. If you’ve 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.

3. RESOURCE AHRQ tools foster communication between patients and clinicians
“Questions Are the Answer,” a new public education initiative from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., encourages patients and clinicians to communicate effectively to ensure safer care and better health outcomes. To promote Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10, AHRQ offers free tools for healthcare providers to use with their patients. Call (800) 358-9295 or send an email to request free copies of a DVD featuring clinicians and patients sharing information, a brochure with tips for patients and a notepad to help patients prioritize health questions. For more information, visit www.ahrq.gov/questions.

4. RESOURCE AAMI promotes infection pump safety tips
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute, Arlington, Va., is promoting infusion pump safety tips in recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10. The tips, developed by the Health Technology Safety Research Team at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada, address multiple intravenous infusion safety. View the tips.

5. CALL TO ACTION Celebrate Certified Nurses Day, March 19
Certified Nurses Day recognizes and honors certified nurses and encourages eligible nurses to become certified. The American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, Md., selected March 19 as Certified Nurses Day to honor the birthday of the late Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles. An international pioneer of nursing certification and longtime friend of AACN and AACN Certification Corporation, Styles designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing. Please submit your success stories as well as photos of your celebrations, which may be posted online or in a photo album on Facebook.

6. CALL TO ACTION Register for free AHRQ webinar on quality indicators toolkit
In response to high demand, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., is repeating a free webinar on its Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals on March 13, 3-4:30 p.m. ET. Register for the webinar, where participants will hear presentations about the toolkit from its developers and learn from a quality expert at a hospital that tested it.

7. 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. Earn up to 30.5 CE hours while networking with your colleagues from across the country.

8. CALL TO ACTION Apply for ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowships
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Horsham, Pa., is accepting applications for two learning opportunities in medication error prevention that start in July. The 12-month ISMP Fellowship will be held at ISMP’s office. For the FDA-ISMP Safe Medication Management Fellowship the candidate will spend six months at ISMP and six at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md. These programs help prepare healthcare professionals to lead the way in medication safety. Relocation to each area is required. Access further information, qualifications and applications. Applications can also be requested by calling (215) 947-7797 or via email. Application deadline: March 30.

9. CALL TO ACTION Yale Heart Study asks nurses to promote survey
The Yale Heart Study, funded through a grant from the National Health, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., asks nurses to encourage patients to participate in this research of the care-seeking behavior and experiences of people who have had an acute myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome episode. The online survey, approved by the Yale University Institutional Review Board, takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Nurses can download a newsletter paragraph describing the study and download or order free preprinted copies of flyers, posters and bookmarks. Email Angelo Alonzo for more information.

10. EVIDENCE Study in AJCC finds assessment can facilitate patient-family communication
“Assessment by skilled bedside clinicians can reveal patients’ communication potential and facilitate useful augmentative and alternative communication tools and strategies for patients and their families,” concludes “Use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies by Family Members in the Intensive Care Unit,” in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC).

11. EVIDENCE Delirium after cardiac surgery may increase mortality, study says
Consequences of Delirium After Cardiac Operations” include increased mortality, more hospital readmissions and reduced quality of life, according to a study of 300 patients in March’s The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

12. CE ARTICLE Study in AJCC finds computerized insulin dose calculator beneficial
Effect of a Computerized Insulin Dose Calculator on the Process of Glycemic Control,” a continuing education (CE) article in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that use of a computerized insulin dose calculator improved management of glycemic control and nurse satisfaction. Improving nurses’ processes of care may improve their use of time and patient care overall.

13. BOOKSTORE New handbook on how to master precepting
Mastering Precepting: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success” is a new resource for both beginning and experienced nurse preceptors, who can set the foundation for a successful career — and ultimately improve patient care. The author and her contributors share their experiences, advice, theories and research findings on the important role of the preceptor. Access this reference and other new titles.

14. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Patient safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., notes that Aug. 10, 2011, Flight Medical, Lod, Israel, recalled a cable for its Newport HT50 ventilator, because it may cause an electrical shortage leading to unexpected shutdown of the ventilator. The company issued an update on the recall Feb. 12.

Guidelines
Access the guidelines “Care of the Patient Undergoing Intracranial Pressure Monitoring/External Ventricular Drainage or Lumbar Drainage” and “Care of the Patient With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,” issued by the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Glenview, Ill.

15. 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
“Documentation serves as the round-the-clock communication tool for all members of the health care team. As a wound care nurse, your documentation is your legal defense, your verification of communication, your basis for treatment decisions, and your reasons for modifications. Documentation and photographs provide evidence. Moreover, the facility that you work for is paid based on accurate documentation.” — Zelia Ann Kifer, “Fast Facts for Wound Care Nursing: Practical Wound Management in a Nutshell.”

Together. Stronger. Bolder.
From March’s AACN Bold Voices
Our Personal Catalysts” — Mary Stahl, AACN President 2011-2012
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