Critical Care eNewsline: Jan. 16, 2014

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January 16, 2014


ACTION - AAMI awards

EVIDENCE - Choosing Wisely

NEWS - News from the FDA

AACN NEWS - Alarm management webinar




Teamwork competencies are abilities, knowledge, and values that professionals need in order to work effectively in teams — regardless of whether they are pharmacists, social workers, nurses, physicians, or other professionals.


Understanding Teamwork in Health Care,” by Gordon Mosser and James W. Begun



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Nominate a colleague for an AAMI award

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Arlington, Va., is seeking nominations for the 2014 AAMI and AAMI Foundation awards. These annual awards recognize leaders and innovators working to advance the safe and effective use and development of healthcare technology. The awards will be presented during AAMI’s Annual Conference & Expo, May 31-June 2, in Philadelphia. Deadline to nominate is Feb. 14.


Discover the what, why and how of ECMO at live webinar

Increase your understanding of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and its nursing care implications by attending AACN’s next live critical care webinar, “ECMO: The Ultimate Support for the Cardiopulmonary System,” Thursday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. PST. Join University of Minnesota Medical Center’s Michael Petty, cardiac clinical nurse specialist, and Nitasha Joyner, ECMO coordinator/perfusionist, for a discussion of this unique, evolving therapy and its current applications. Free registration includes the live event, implementation tools and resources, online discussion forum and access to the on-demand recording. Learn more and register.



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Choosing Wisely: Critical care practices to question

AACN — as part of the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) — has identified five routine critical care practices that should be questioned as a patient’s care plan is developed, because they may not always be necessary and could, in fact, be harmful. The release of the CCSC list is part of the Choosing Wisely national campaign initiated by the ABIM Foundation in 2012 to help patients and their healthcare providers talk about what tests and treatments are really necessary. To date, more than 60 leading medical specialty societies have released specific, evidence-based recommendations on more than 200 procedures to question in order to make wise decisions on the most appropriate care, based on individual situations.


CNE study in AJCC finds education reduces inappropriate CAM ratings

Decreasing Inappropriate Unable-to-Assess Ratings for the Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit,” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in January’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds an educational campaign reduces the incidence of inappropriate unable-to-assess ratings.


Study in AJCC finds simulation training may improve CVC sterile technique

Simulation-Based Training for Nurses in Sterile Techniques During Central Vein Catheterization,” a study in January’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that the training helps to improve sterile technique during CVC and decreases infection rates.


ICU care affects long-term outcome of hematological patients

ICU care and post-ICU management determine the long-term outcome of hematological patients who are discharged from the ICU, concludes “Survival of Hematological Patients After Discharge From the Intensive Care Unit: A Prospective Observational Study,” published Dec. 30, 2013, in Critical Care.



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Flu incidence remains high

On Jan. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, reported that overall flu activity remains high, with H1N1 viruses continuing to predominate. Flu activity is also high in Canada, where H1N1 is prevalent. Read background information and CDC recommendations for H1N1.


News from the FDA

On Jan. 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Md., notified healthcare professionals that on Dec. 16, 2013, Covidien, Boulder, Colo., recalled the Puritan Bennett 840 Series Ventilator, because a software problem may cause the ventilator to stop functioning.

On Jan. 8, the FDA warned that using more than one dose in 24 hours of over-the-counter sodium phosphate drugs to treat constipation can cause rare but serious harm to the kidneys and heart, and even death. Those at high risk for adverse effects include young children; individuals older than 55; patients who are dehydrated; patients with kidney disease, bowel obstruction, or inflammation of the bowel and patients who are using medications, such as diuretics, that may affect kidney function.


AWHONN names new CEO

On Jan. 2, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) announced that Lynn Erdman is its new chief executive officer (CEO). She previously held key national leadership positions with the American Cancer Society, American College of Surgeons and Susan G. Komen Global Headquarters. Erdman, who began her nursing career as a neonatal intensive care nurse, has also served in top leadership positions with several hospitals and healthcare systems.



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Tele-ICU nursing guidelines

“AACN Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines” brings consistency in nursing practice across new and existing tele-ICUs, serving as a benchmark for the growing number of RNs who practice within this model of care. The document defines tele-ICU nursing and identifies the guidelines and essential elements to help tele-ICU nurses, managers and program directors evaluate their individual or unit practice. Download the guidelines as a free PDF, or purchase a booklet through AACN’s website.


Discount for PCCN certification review on-demand

AACN offers nurses who seek PCCN certification a comprehensive review course to help prepare for the exam. For a limited time, the on-demand version of the PCCN course is offered at a 50 percent discount when purchased with the exam. Based on a live webinar presented by progressive care expert Carol Rauen, the course features interactive learning and offers 13 hours of CNE. Discounted on-demand prices for members/nonmembers are $79.50/$99.50 through April. Without the exam, on-demand prices are $159/$199. The CD-ROM costs $189/$226. Learn more, and purchase the course.



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Live webinar to address alarm management safety goal questions

On Feb. 13, 10 a.m. PST, AACN Critical Care Webinar Series presents “Live Q&A: Alarm Management Implementation Revisited.” This live question-and-answer session featuring Johns Hopkins’ Maria Cvach is a continuation of AACN’s June 2013 Alarm Management webinar. The free event will focus on practical implementation of alarm management protocols aligned with The Joint Commission’s clinical alarm National Patient Safety Goal. Registered webinar participants are encouraged to submit questions to the presenter in advance of the event through AACN’s Webinar Series Learn Network. Learn more and register.


Register for AACN Clinical Priorities 2014

Registration is now open for AACN Clinical Priorities 2014 (formerly known as A Slice of AACN NTI), April 15-17, MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Workshop topics include alarm management, healthy work environments, ethics and preventing healthcare-associated infections. The program includes full-day clinical sessions on neuro/trauma/stroke, sepsis, cardiovascular and common clinical disorders in high acuity patients. You can earn up to 22 CNE hours by attending the conference, designed for nurses who care for high acuity and critically ill patients in any type of adult unit, including intensive care, progressive, stepdown or trauma. Register by March 12 to obtain the early-bird registration discount.


AACN online bookstore announces free shipping for members

Enjoy a new benefit of AACN membership throughout 2014: free shipping on AACN online bookstore purchases of more than $50, before taxes. (Registration fees for conferences, other educational offerings and certification exams do not count toward total cost of shipped products.) No promo code is needed for this member appreciation discount, which is applied automatically at checkout. If you aren’t a member, join now to enjoy this incentive, plus many more benefits of belonging to our AACN community of exceptional nurses.


Apply for AACN scholarship to attend AONE’s ENLI

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) will hold its Emerging Nurse Leader Institute (ENLI) March 31-April 2, Minneapolis, and Sept. 15-17, Pittsburgh. It is an interactive program combining lecture, discussion, experiential learning and self-assessment. CE credit is available. As a benefit of membership, AACN members may apply for an AACN Continuing Professional Development Scholarship to attend.


Step Forward

From January's AACN Bold Voices
"Getting Gritty"— Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014



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Certification Executive Style Pens


Let your patients know that they are in certified hands. This executive style pen is a great accessory for important meetings with colleagues, patients and their families.

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Irwin & Rippe's Procedures, Techniques and Minimally Invasive Monitoring in Intensive Care Medicine

Editor: R. Irwin, J. Rippe, A. Lisbon, S. Heard
(Book, 344 pages, 2012)
Product Code:128157
ISBN: 9781451146813

This portable bench manual provides immediate access to current guidance on the full range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and monitoring procedures used in adult critical care.

Member Price: $83.50 (Non-Member: $92.99)





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