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January 17, 2013
ACTION - National Wear Red Day, Feb. 1
EVIDENCE - Bedside Shivering Assessment Scale study
NEWS - Disinfecting caps reduce CLABSI
RESOURCES - Guideline summary for ulcer bleeding
An effective way to stop eating after you have eaten healthy portion sizes is to brush your teeth. The sudden change of the toothpaste to your taste buds signals you to stop eating.”
"Fit Nurse: Your Total Plan for Getting Fit and Living Well," by Gary Scholar
Wear red Feb. 1 to support fight against heart disease
Wear red on the American Heart Association's (AHA's) National Wear Red Day, Feb. 1, to show your support in the fight against heart disease in women. You can also create a fundraising page, make a donation, and get tools and resources on the event's website. According to the AHA, heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.
Register for Ethics of Caring conference, March 21-22
Save the date for the national Ethics of Caring Conference March 21-22, at the Hilton Universal City, Universal City, Calif. The conference features expert speakers, small group breakout sessions and participant discussions to enhance nurses' clinical practice through identifying and addressing ethical issues. Registration is open, and the early-bird rate is $450 through Feb. 15. Access more information
Join the AACN NTI Facebook page
Join the daily online conversation with the AACN community about the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) 2013 on our NTI Facebook page. Get the latest updates, insights and networking ideas to make the most of your NTI experience in Boston this year.
Participate in study on nurse turnover
Minnie Major, a doctoral student at Capella University, Minneapolis, is conducting a study to learn what nurses think about voluntary turnover in the hospital setting. Participate by completing the survey. Email Major with questions.
Health risk behaviors of family members associated with depressive symptoms, study in AJCC says
January's American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) contains "Health Risk Behaviors in Family Caregivers During Patients' Stay in Intensive Care Units: A Pilot Analysis," which finds the behaviors are associated with "greater perceptions of burdens and/or depressive symptoms" but not with patients' care needs before ICU admission.
CNE article in AJCC: Bedside Shivering Assessment Scale has interrater reliability
"Interrater Reliability of the Bedside Shivering Assessment Scale," a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in January's American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), concludes the scale "has adequate interrater reliability to be considered for use among a diverse group of practitioners."
Less use of blood transfusions improves outcomes in acute GI bleeding
Waiting to transfuse patients until hemoglobin is less than 7 grams per deciliter instead of 9 grams per deciliter improves outcomes in patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding, according to "Transfusion Strategies for Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding," in the Jan. 3 New England Journal of Medicine.
Mortality after cardiac surgery in patients with AKI trends upward
January's Annals of Thoracic Surgery contains "Trends in Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), Associated Use of Dialysis, and Mortality after Cardiac Surgery, 1999 to 2008," which finds that inpatient mortality increased in patients with AKI, including those who required dialysis.
Opioid dosage variation in mechanically ventilated children
"Opioid Analgesia in Mechanically Ventilated Children: Results From the Multicenter Measuring Opioid Tolerance Induced by Fentanyl Study" finds "significant variability" in clinical practice related to opioid dosing and that children require "increasing opioid doses, often associated with prolonged opioid exposure or the need for additional sedation." The study in January's Pediatric Critical Care Medicine concludes, "Efforts to reduce prolonged opioid exposure and clinical practice variation may prevent the complications of opioid therapy."
New findings on protamine in pediatric patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass
"Impact of Protamine Dose on Activated Clotting Time and Thromboelastography in Infants and Small Children Undergoing Cardiopulmonary Bypass," published online Jan. 2 by Paediatric Anaesthesia, concludes that "automated protamine titration" with protamine dosage based on the patient's estimated blood volume can "adequately neutralize heparin" while "minimizing prolonging clot initiation time."
Study finds disinfecting caps reduce CLABSI
Using a disinfecting cap on central lines decreases central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates more than standard scrubbing, according to "Continuous Passive Disinfection of Catheter Hubs Prevents Contamination and Bloodstream Infection," in January's American Journal of Infection Control.
Access 2013 National Patient Safety Goals
Access the 2013 National Patient Safety Goals from The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., in the chapter format or an easy-to-read version. The goals became effective Jan. 1.
Access guideline summary for ulcer bleeding
Access the guideline summary "Management of Patients With Ulcer Bleeding" from the National Guideline Clearinghouse at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md.
Tool for measuring nursing workload per shift in ICUs
September 2012's Intensive Care Medicine contains "Measuring the Nursing Workload per Shift in the ICU," which concludes the nursing activities score tool can measure nursing workload by shift and "differentiate the nursing workload between shifts, patients and units."
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From January's AACN Bold Voices
"Dare to Let Go"— Kathryn Roberts, AACN President 2012-2013
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AACN logo engraved on a silver key chain.
Member Price: $7.00 (Non-Member: $6.25)
Fit Nurse: Your Total Plan for Getting Fit and Living Well
Author: G. Scholar
(Book, 224 pages, 2010)
As a nurse, you make a difference in the lives of your patients every day—but do you sacrifice your health and fitness goals in the process? Fit Nurse will empower and inspire you to make a difference in your own life.
Member Price: $24.95 (Non-Member: $23.75)
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Study Questions Book, 2nd Ed.
Author: S. Miller
(Book, 131 pages, 2011)
300 problem-oriented, multiple-choice questions which are divided according to content area and include answers, rationale and bibliographic reference.
Member Price: $50.95 (Non-Member: $48.25)
Fast Facts for Wound Care Nursing
Author: Z. Kifer
(Book, 304 pages, 2011)
This guide encompasses the multitude of new healing technologies and presents important breakthroughs in understanding why some wounds don't heal. Each chapter builds, step-by-step, on the essential principles of wound care including wound assessment and documentation, the spectrum of wounds from simple to complex, wound treatment guidelines and protocols, and the legal aspects and regulations surrounding wound care.
Member Price: $25.00 Non-Member: $23.75)
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