Critical Care Newsline — October 11, 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. Each issue includes links to resources, research abstracts (individual sites may require registration and a fee to access complete articles) and websites that will inform you on issues affecting nurses and the nursing profession.

Oct. 11, 2012

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1. NEWS CDC update on fungal meningitis associated with contaminated injection
2. NEWS Housing opens for NTI, May 18-23, in Boston
3. CALL TO ACTION Apply for AACN scholarship for NIWI by Oct. 15
4. CNE ARTICLE Article in CCN discusses patients’ confidentiality
5. EVIDENCE Radial artery grafting should be used more widely for CABG, study says
6. CALL TO ACTION Nominate for 2014 Distinguished Research Lectureship
7. EVIDENCE New research on cardiac surgery
8. RESOURCE AACN digital editions upgraded, even easier to use
9. PRACTICE ALERT Family Presence: Visitation in the Adult ICU
10. NEW IN BOOKSTORE Workbook for improving leadership skills
11. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
12. AACN RESOURCES Find jobs at NursePath.com
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1. NEWS CDC update on fungal meningitis associated with contaminated injection
On Oct. 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, updated its Health Advisory for cases of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural injection with potentially contaminated preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate from New England Compounding Center (NECC), Framingham, Mass. Some patients also had strokes that may have resulted from the infection. As of Oct. 8, 105 cases, including eight deaths, have been reported in nine states. CDC recommends clinicians contact patients who received an injection using the identified lots of methylprednisolone acetate and not use any products produced by the NECC, pending additional information. CDC has posted several clinician guidance documents, including how to manage patients who were exposed. 

2. NEWS Housing opens for NTI, May 18-23, in Boston
The annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) takes place in Boston, May 18-23, 2013. AACN Housing is now 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.

3. CALL TO ACTION Apply for AACN scholarship for NIWI by Oct. 15
For the fourth year, AACN is offering scholarships for the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program — March 17-19, 2013, Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance, this three-day internship teaches clinicians how to advance healthcare agendas through the legislative process. Scholarship applicants must be AACN members. Deadline to apply with AACN: Monday, Oct. 15.

4. CNE ARTICLE Article in CCN discusses patients’ confidentiality
October’s Critical Care Nurse (CCN) includes “Patients’ Confidentiality,” which discusses regulations on this subject and when the use and disclosure of protected health information is permitted.

5. EVIDENCE Radial artery grafting should be used more widely for CABG, study says
Radial artery grafting for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is a “highly effective” strategy with “excellent” short- and long-term outcomes, according to “Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Using the Radial Artery: Clinical Outcomes, Patency, and Need for Reintervention.” Radial artery grafting should be used more widely in CABG surgery, concludes the study in the Sept. 11 Circulation.

6. CALL TO ACTION Nominate for 2014 Distinguished Research Lectureship
Nominate a nationally recognized nurse researcher, who must be an AACN member, to be the next AACN Distinguished Research Lecturer. Honorees represent a legacy of contributions to acute and critical care nursing. Now funded by a grant from Philips Healthcare, Andover, Mass., the award recognizes nurses whose program of research significantly influences high acuity and critical care. Submit nominations by Saturday, Dec. 1.

7. EVIDENCE New research on cardiac surgery
October’s Annals of Thoracic Surgery contains two studies of interest to nurses: 1) “Protecting the Infant Brain During Cardiac Surgery: A Systematic Review” finds the only intervention with sufficient evidence to recommend “the procedure or treatment should be performed” is avoiding extreme hemodilution during cardiopulmonary bypass; and 2) “Impact of Preoperative Anemia on Outcome in Adult Cardiac Surgery: A Propensity-Matched Analysis” finds that moderate-to-severe preoperative anemia is a risk factor for “major morbidity and operative mortality in adult cardiac operations.”

8. RESOURCE AACN digital editions upgraded, even easier to use
AACN recently upgraded the digital editions of its three member-benefit publications: AACN Bold Voices, American Journal of Critical Care and Critical Care Nurse. Digital editions now feature a simpler navigation with fewer clicks, more options, an intuitive toolbar and easier sharing. Learn more. This is also a great time to “Go Digital.”

9. PRACTICE ALERT Family Presence: 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.”

10. NEW IN BOOKSTORE Workbook for improving leadership skills
The Leadership Challenge Workbook,” based on Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s classic book “The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations,” 5th ed., is a hands-on guide for improving your ability to put into action the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership model. The workbook features the latest research and new case studies. Access other books and resources in AACN’s Online Bookstore.

11. CLINICAL PRACTICE RESOURCES
Guidelines
Access “2012 ACCF/AHA/HRS Focused Update of the 2008 Guidelines for Device-Based Therapy of Cardiac Rhythm Abnormalities: A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines,” published in the Oct. 2 Circulation.

12. 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
“There are people right around you who so deserve to be recognized in even the simplest way. It’s up to you to do it,” Ellen Rudy wrote in “A Daybook for Critical Care Nurses,” Eileen Gallen Bademan, ed.

Dare To
From October’s AACN Bold Voices
Dare to Compete” — Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
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