Critical Care eNewsline: March 13, 2014

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March 13, 2014


ACTION - Certified Nurses Day

EVIDENCE - Dexmedetomidine effectiveness

NEWS - FDA announces recall





Given the uncertainty in health care, people at all levels of the organization want leaders to set a clear course, explain the logic underlying it, and help them to understand the meaning of change for them.


Transforming Health Care Leadership: A Systems Guide to Improve Patient Care, Decrease
Costs, and Improve Population Health
,” by Michael Maccoby, Clifford L. Norman, C. Jane Norman
and Richard Margolies



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Celebrate Certified Nurses Day

Certified Nurses Day, March 19, is almost here. The annual event recognizes and honors certified nurses and encourages eligible nurses to become certified. Access more information, and please send your strategies, photos, testimonials and success stories to, with “Cert Testimonials” or “Celebrate Certified Nurses” (for photos) in the subject line.


AACN Election 2014: candidate profiles

Candidate profiles for AACN’s Election 2014 are posted on our website. Voting will begin March 21 and close April 21, but profiles are provided now for your review, so you will be prepared to elect the strongest AACN leadership team possible. If you have any questions, contact Melinda Messenger-Stout at (800) 394-5995, ext. 331 or


NTI 2014: your education personalized

Leading experts will present more than 300 learning opportunities to positively impact your nursing practice at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) and the Advanced Practice Institute, in Denver, May 17-22. To personalize your learning, focus on the best combination of clinical skill-building and professional practice sessions. Three- and six-hour preconferences will provide deep coverage on topics that are relevant to practice. In addition, favorites such as Cadaver Lab, Suturing 101 and Mastering How to Influence Change return this year. Browse the educational program, and register before the early-bird discount ends April 3.


Top five benefits of Chapter LDW

Chapters benefit in many ways by attending the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) at each year’s NTI. Here are the top five benefits identified by last year’s participants: 1. Engaging members; 2. Networking; 3. Best practices; 4. Tools/resources; 5. Leadership. Join us to find out how your chapter can benefit. Learn more at NTI Chapter Information, and register with class code PC127.


Participate in a survey on ICU visitation

Samantha Flick, a master’s student at East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., invites critical care nurses to participate in a study about their perceptions and practices regarding children visiting adult loved ones in a critical care setting. The confidential, online survey takes 15-25 minutes to complete. Email Flick or Priti Desai, assistant professor, if you have any questions.



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CNE article in AJCC discusses dexmedetomidine effectiveness

Patient Predictors of Dexmedetomidine Effectiveness for Sedation in Intensive Care Units,” a CNE article in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), notes that effective sedation with dexmedetomidine is influenced by specific patient characteristics, including severity of illness and use of antidepressants at home.


Study in AJCC finds pressure mapping reduces pressure ulcers

March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) includes “Continuous Bedside Pressure Mapping and Rates of Hospital-Associated Pressure Ulcers in a Medical Intensive Care Unit,” which finds that mapping provides real-time visual feedback for repositioning patients and significantly reduces the number of pressure ulcers.


Electronic checklist and dashboard sustain reduced CLABSI rates

Using an electronic medical record-enhanced checklist to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), combined with unit-wide, real-time display of adherence, increases compliance with evidence-based catheter care and sustains decreased CLABSI rates, according to “Use of Electronic Medical Record-Enhanced Checklist and Electronic Dashboard to Decrease CLABSIs,” published online Feb. 24 in Pediatrics.


Ramelteon may prevent delirium

Preventive Effects of Ramelteon on Delirium: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial,” posted online Feb. 19 in JAMA Psychiatry, concludes that administering ramelteon nightly to “elderly patients admitted for acute care may provide protection against delirium.”



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American Diabetes Association Alert! Day

On March 25, American Diabetes Association Alert! Day, encourage your community to take the brief Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they might develop type 2 diabetes — and be sure you take the test too, which is available year-round. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, and 25 percent — 7 million — don’t know they have it. An additional 79 million adults (one in three) have prediabetes.


News from the FDA

On March 7, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced that Pfizer Inc., New York, recalled one lot of 30-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) 150 mg extended-release capsules, one lot of 90-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) 150 mg extended-release capsules and one lot of 90-count Greenstone (Peapack, N.J.)-branded venlafaxine HC1 150 mg extended-release capsules, because a pharmacist reported that one bottle of Pfizer’s Effexor XR contained one capsule of Tikosyn (dofetilide) in addition to Effexor XR capsules.


U.S. Preventive Services Task Force releases new recommendations

Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement,” online Feb. 25 in Annals of Internal Medicine, finds insufficient evidence to assess the use of multivitamins and recommends against beta-carotene or vitamin E supplements for prevention.



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Alarm management resources

Although registration for the Alarm Systems Management Webinar Series is closed, free access to recorded webinars and resources is available after each webinar. The recording of the March 5 live webinar, “Kaiser Permanente, Children’s National Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins Hospital,” is ready to view, and CNEs are available. Sponsored by AACN, the Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (HTSI) and other leaders, the series helps healthcare teams comply with The Joint Commission’s 2014 National Patient Safety Goal regarding alarms. HTSI is an initiative of the AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) Foundation, Arlington, Va.



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New ACCNS-N exam

The ACCNS-N certification exam, fully aligned with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education, was launched Feb. 12, for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) who complete a neonatal CNS graduate program with a Consensus Model-based curriculum covering wellness through acute care. AACN Certification Corporation now offers four new exams — ACNPC-AG, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N — which are among the first advanced practice nursing certification exams to reflect the new standards of the Consensus Model, which goes into full effect in 2015.


AACN funds scholarships for 16 attendees at NIWI

For the fifth consecutive year, AACN’s Continuing Professional Development Scholarships program will help clinicians attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) program, Washington, D.C., March 30-April 1. Thanks to AACN’s program, 16 nurses will join other healthcare professionals from across the country to gain firsthand knowledge on the health legislative process and meet with Capitol Hill representatives. AACN’s scholarships help our members acquire knowledge and skills beyond degree coursework. Visit AACN Special Interest Scholarships.


Step Forward

From March's AACN Bold Voices
“Staying Whole”— Vicki Good, AACN President 2013-2014



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AACN Portfolio

Product Code:402143

The handsome portfolio, embossed with the AACN logo, features a velvet-lined tablet or eReader pocket, see-through pocket for your smartphone, USB loops, stitched and padded covers, zipper closure, pen loop and large exterior pocket.

Member Price: $22.00 (Non-Member: $27.00)





Pocket Guide to Chest X-Rays, 2nd Ed.

Author: G. Briggs
(Pocket Guide, 215 pages, 2008)
Product Code:128907
ISBN: 9780070138773

A handy and concise guide to chest x-rays for the non-specialist.

Member Price: $40.00 (Non-Member: $43.95)





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