Critical Care eNewsline: Jan. 30, 2014

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January 30, 2014


ACTION - National Wear Red Day, Feb. 7

EVIDENCE - Hypothermia in cocaine-induced cardiac arrest

NEWS - February is American Heart Month

AACN NEWS - Register for AACN Clinical Priorities




We are aware that we have reached a time in which nurse practitioners have been given the opportunity to shine and to experience growth professionally,


writes Julie G. Stewart in “Role Development for the Nurse Practitioner,”
by Julie G. Stewart and Susan M. DeNisco



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Celebrate National Wear Red Day, Feb. 7

Wear red on the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) National Wear Red Day, Feb. 7 (the 10th birthday of this event), 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 to attend NTI

Early-bird registration is open for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), the premier conference for high acuity and critical care nurses, May 17-22, in Denver. Register by Thursday, April 3, and save $76. Be sure to sign up for a hotel room through AACN Housing. Early booking is strongly advised to ensure the best selection.


Participate in survey on nurse collegiality

Katie Menard, a PhD candidate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, invites nurses who provide direct patient care for 20 or more hours a week to participate in a study on collegiality among staff nurses and collegiality’s relationship to the practice environment and missed nursing care. After completing the online survey, which takes about 20 minutes, participants can provide contact information to be entered in a random drawing for one of 10 $50 gift cards. Email Menard or call her at (517) 930-4225, if you have questions.



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Article in AJCC discusses hypothermia in cocaine-induced cardiac arrest

Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Cocaine-Induced Cardiac Arrest: Further Evidence,” in January’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), presents a case study of the successful use of therapeutic hypothermia in a patient who experienced cocaine-induced cardiac arrest.


CNE of the Month: Article in AJCC finds fatigued nurses concerned about decisions

Association of Sleep and Fatigue With Decision Regret Among Critical Care Nurses” a continuing nursing education (CNE) article in January’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds fatigued nurses are more likely to express concern that they made a wrong decision about a patient’s care.


Three studies in February’s Critical Care Medicine

Therapeutic Hypothermia and the Risk of Infection: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” finds an increased risk of sepsis and pneumonia but no increase in the overall risk of infection.

Geriatric Experience Following Cardiac Arrest at Six Interventional Cardiology Centers in the United States 2006-2011: Interplay of Age, Do-Not-Resuscitate Order, and Outcomes” concludes that excluding patients older than 75 years from aggressive care is not warranted based on age alone.

Delirium in the ICU and Subsequent Long-Term Disability Among Survivors of Mechanical Ventilation” notes that longer duration of delirium is associated with worse activities of daily living scores and worse motor-sensory function in the following year.


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February is American Heart Month

In recognition of February’s American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, is offering tips for better heart health for you and your patients. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. You can also follow the work of Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.


News from the FDA

On Jan. 22, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, Md., noted shortages of intravenous solutions, particularly 0.9% sodium chloride injection, which have been triggered by a range of factors, including increased demand because of the influenza season. The FDA is working with manufacturers to help preserve the supply. Visit the FDA’s Drug Shortages Web page for updates.


New guidelines on healthcare personnel attire

Healthcare Personnel Attire in Non-Operating-Room Settings,” a guidance statement from The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Arlington, Va., that Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology published online Jan. 16, provides recommendations on white coats, neckties, footwear, bare-below-the-elbows strategy and laundering.


Adverse events decline

From 2005 through 2011, the rate of adverse events declined substantially for patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction or congestive heart failure but not for patients with pneumonia or conditions requiring surgery, according to “National Trends in Patient Safety for Four Common Conditions, 2005-2011,” published Jan. 23 in The New England Journal of Medicine.



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Healthy Work Environment assessment tool

Access AACN’s Web-based Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool, so you and your team can measure your work environment’s current health against AACN’s Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments.


AACN Practice Alert on family visitation in 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, Family Presence: Visitation in the Adult ICU, outlines administrative and practical considerations for implementing less-restrictive access to the bedside for these partners in care. Access other AACN Practice Alerts, all of which are provided free of charge.



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Registration is now open for AACN Clinical Priorities 2014

Register to attend 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


New ACCNS-AG Certification Review free with exam application

AACN has launched an online certification review course to help prospective adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) prepare for the ACCNS-AG certification exam — the only exam currently available for this CNS specialty that aligns with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. The course is available in an interactive, on-demand format that mirrors the Q&A structure of the exam and provides the rationale for correct answers. It is free when you apply for the certification exam. If purchased separately, the course is $159 for members and $199 for nonmembers.


Register for NTI’s Chapter Leadership Development Workshop

Attention current and future chapter leaders: Register for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition’s (NTI’s) Chapter Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), Sunday, May 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., to build your communication skills. Chapters that attend receive a $435 stipend to help defray attendance costs, and there is no limit to the number of additional chapter leaders or members who may participate for $85 each. Register for LDW — class code PC127 — when you register for NTI. Contact your chapter advisor or with any questions.


Step Forward

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



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CMC/CSC Roster Plaques


Acknowledge the achievement of obtaining certification by creating an honor wall showcasing the certified nurses in your unit with the certification roster Plaque. This walnut plaque displays a laser engraved CMC or CSC logo with gold foil, recognition message and 18 brass plates for names. Measures 10” x 14”.

Member Price: $115.00 (Non-Member: $125.00)





Fast Facts for Evidence-Based Practice: Implementing EBP in a Nutshell

Author: M. Godshall
(Book, 240 pages, 2009)
Product Code:128611
ISBN: 9780826105677

Concise and comprehensive, this book covers the basics of nursing research and the essentials of how to implement Evidence Based Practice (EBP). Using the short, reader-friendly, Fast Facts Series 'style,' the book is designed for those RNs studying Evidence Based Practice (EBP) who want quick access core content.

Member Price: $23.75 (Non-Member: $25.00)





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