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July 11, 2013
NEWS - Infusion system recalls
AACN NEWS - New boards of directors
EVIDENCE - Passive exercise and mechanical ventilation
ACTION - AACN conferences in Las Vegas
Palliative care can be understood as intending to alleviate the disruptive impact of illness by addressing all the symptoms in various domains that create physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering for the patient and the family.”
“The Helping Professional’s Guide to End-of-Life Care,” by E. Alessandra Strada
Submit nominations for 2014 AACN Circle of Excellence awards
Nominate your peers and colleagues for the 2014 AACN Circle of Excellence awards, which recognize acute and critical care nurses who make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Up to 25 recipients will be selected by Dec. 31 and inducted into the Circle of Excellence Society. Nominations close Thursday, Aug. 1. Learn more and nominate.
Participate in AHRQ survey on treatment option tools
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., invites clinicians to participate in an online survey about their needs and preferences for tools to educate patients on treatment options. The findings will inform the development of new tools and a workshop to help clinicians use comparative effectiveness research findings in shared decision making with patients and caregivers.
Sept. 17-20: AACN Progressive Care Pathways, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
With faculty experts who understand firsthand the challenges of caring for “not quite ICU” patients, the evidence-based content will address a wide range of progressive care patients’ needs and provide direct clinical application of the evidence. The conference is ideal for nurses practicing in stepdown, intermediate, telemetry, transitional, high acuity, direct observation or med-surg units who treat patients who are moderately stable with a high risk of becoming unstable. Register by Aug. 20 and save.
Sept. 18-20: AACN Nurse Manager Priorities, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
For inpatient nurse managers and charge nurses at the point of care, this beyond-the-basics conference includes forward-thinking influential leaders who will guide learning. The content focuses on a nurse manager’s three critical responsibilities — managing the business, managing people and managing yourself. Join interactive case studies, lively discussions and presentations on management issues fundamental to nurse leaders in critical care. Register by Aug. 20 and save.
CNE article in AJCC indicates passive exercise benefits adults on mechanical ventilation
“Physiological Responses to Passive Exercise in Adults Receiving Mechanical Ventilation,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that patients tolerated the exercise well and their comfort improved during and after the intervention.
Study in AJCC finds nursing documentation may help predict mortality
“Relationship Between Nursing Documentation and Patients’ Mortality,” in July’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that patients who died had more optional comments and vital signs documented within 48 hours than those who survived. The findings suggest that some features of documentation in electronic health records can be used to predict mortality.
Better methodology needed to analyze post-discharge costs
“Surviving Intensive Care: A Systematic Review of Healthcare Resource Use After Hospital Discharge” finds “wide variation” in methodology, limiting the ability to compare studies, but notes “substantial variation” in the cost of resource use, especially among countries. The study, published online June 18 by Critical Care Medicine, provides recommendations for a “more standardized approach to improve design and reporting of future studies.”
FDA announces SynchroMed Implantable Infusion System recalls
On June 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced that Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, has initiated several medical device notifications related to its SynchroMed Implantable Infusion System:
SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps are being recalled because of unintended delivery of drugs during the priming bolus procedure and the potential for an electrical short circuit in the pump.
Medtronic says that the old design of the Sutureless Connector Intrathecal Catheter connector should not be used because of the potential for occlusion. The connector has been redesigned to reduce the chance that occlusion will occur.
Medtronic is distributing a revised Clinician Refill Reference Card with information about the pump refill procedure for the SynchroMed Implantable Infusion System. The revised card will help clinicians avoid inadvertent pocket fill of medication.
Guidelines for care of late preterm infants
Access “Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants,” a supplement to July’s Journal of Perinatology.
Revised sepsis and septic shock guidelines
Access “Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2012” an update of the 2008 guidelines.
New boards of directors effective July 1
We welcome new and returning members of the AACN and the AACN Certification Corporation boards of directors. They will help lead our community of exceptional nurses to shape the future of nursing practice. Read more about them and send a message.
From July's AACN Bold Voices
"Step Forward" — Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014
AACN Community Coffee Mug - Dots
Your community, your style. Enjoy your favorite warm or cold beverage in this sleek tumbler. A great companion on the go.
Member Price: $11.99 (Non-Member: $13.99)
Body Piercing Removal Guide Healthcare Professionals Handbook
Author: S. DeBoer
(Book, 156 pages, 2013)
Are you prepared for a patient with multiple body piercings? This step-by-step 156 page, full color pictorial guide will provide a visual overview of many common (and not so common) body piercings, as well as insights as to how, when, and if the jewelry should be removed. The easy-to-follow instructions, designed especially with the needs of healthcare professionals in mind, will help prepare you to properly care for your pierced patients. Also includes: 20 minute DVD recorded in an emergency department utilizing live pierced models showing the step-by-step procedures and tools needed for safe removal.
Member Price: $66.50 (Non-Member: $69.00)
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