Critical Care eNewsline: March 20, 2014

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March 20, 2014


ACTION - AACN Clinical Priorities 2014

EVIDENCE - Preventing hypokalemia

NEWS - Nurse documentary

AACN NEWS - Choosing Wisely® webinar




The marginal employee is, after all, a reflection on you.


What You Accept Is What You Teach,” by Michael Henry Cohen



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Register for AACN Clinical Priorities 2014

AACN Clinical Priorities 2014, April 15-17, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, includes interactive workshops and focused clinical tracks with a new level of participatory learning. Share a challenging issue at your hospital or in clinical practice and, through small workshops, bring back new insights tailored to your unit. Workshop topics include alarm management, healthy work environments and ethics. The conference also offers full-day sessions on sepsis, cardiovascular and clinical disorders in high acuity patients. Earn up to 22 CNE hours. Act quickly — extended early-bird registration is $485/AACN members and $515/nonmembers, and hotel rates are less than $100/night — through March 24.


NTI 2014: Early-bird registration ends April 3

Don’t miss the opportunity to save $76 on your registration fees for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 17-22 in Denver. High-quality learning opportunities, networking and some time for sightseeing add up to an extraordinary NTI experience.

NTI Network, our online NTI community, helps you personalize your experience with robust social networking and scheduling tools. Register today and save.

Sunrise Sessions, May 20 and 21, 7-8:30 a.m. MT, are free, educational presentations where experts discuss a wide variety of topics on nursing practice. You must be registered for NTI and then reserve a seat in advance through NTI Network; space is limited. Sessions include a plated breakfast and offer 1.0 continuing education recognition point (CERP).

Join the daily online conversation with the AACN community on our NTI Facebook page. Share the latest updates, insights and networking ideas.


Live PCCN certification review course starts in April

AACN will offer a live, seven-part PCCN certification review course beginning Monday, April 21, to help prospective PCCN candidates prepare for the exam by reaffirming clinical knowledge and increasing test-taking confidence. Presented by Carol Rauen, each 2.5-hour session features interactive learning, with teacher and peer-to-peer chats, exam practice questions and support materials. Available for individuals ($159) and groups up to 30 ($999), the course includes 90-day access to archived session recordings and 15.1 CNE hours. Learn more and register.


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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Study in AJCC finds maintenance potassium reduces hypokalemia

Patients with normal potassium and creatinine levels on admission benefit from a maintenance intravenous dose of potassium, which results in fewer episodes of hypokalemia, according to “Preventing Hypokalemia in Critically Ill Patients,” published in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC).


CNE article in AJCC discusses adoption of AACN practice alert

Factors Influencing Critical Care Nurses’ Adoption of the AACN Practice Alert on Verification of Feeding Tube Placement,” a CNE article in March’s American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), finds that although a research-practice gap exists, this practice alert is a significant source of information for two of the clinical practices regarding feeding tube placement.


C difficile epidemiology among children

Clostridium difficile Infection Among Children Across Diverse US Geographic Locations,” posted online March 3 in Pediatrics, concludes, “Similar disease severity across age groups suggests an etiologic role for C difficile in the high rates” of this infection in children 3 years and younger. Recommendations include reducing unnecessary antimicrobial use among young children in outpatient settings.


ICU telemedicine may reduce mortality

ICU telemedicine interventions that increase early intensivist involvement improve adherence to best practices, reduce alarm response times and are associated with lower mortality and length of stay, according to “A Multicenter Study of ICU Telemedicine Reengineering of Adult Critical Care,” in March’s CHEST.


Stethoscope contamination

The findings in “Contamination of Stethoscopes and Physicians’ Hands After a Physical Examination,” in March’s Mayo Clinic Proceedings, suggest that the contamination level of stethoscopes is substantial and “comparable to the contamination of parts of the physician’s dominant hand.”



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FDA announces recall

On March 18, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, Md., announced that Hospira, Lake Forest, Ill., has recalled two lots of Hemostat Channel Plum Sets, used to deliver blood and blood products via the Plum infusion pump. When the sets are removed from the pump to be used for gravity infusion, over-delivery of the infusing solution may occur.


World premiere of nurse documentary

On March 5, the American Nurses Foundation, Silver Spring, Md., and Fresenius Kabi USA, Lake Zurich, Ill., announced that the world premiere screening of the documentary “The American Nurse” will take place May 7 at the American Film Institute’s AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring. The film, which has its roots in the book “The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews by Carolyn Jones,” will be released nationwide following the premiere, which is open to preregistered members of the media. “The American Nurse” explores issues facing America — poverty, war, aging, prisons — through the work and lives of five RNs.



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TeamSTEPPS, an evidence-based system from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, Md., is designed to help implement team training principles that can improve care delivery and patient safety.

Access TeamSTEPPS Enhancing Safety for Patients With Limited English Proficiency Module and the accompanying guide, “Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficiency: A Guide for Hospitals,” from AHRQ. The module, which includes slide presentations with videos, handouts and train-the-trainer materials, can augment an existing TeamSTEPPS program or be used independently.


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Choosing Wisely® at AACN’s next live webinar

Learn about routine tests and procedures that may be overused — and even harmful — in critical care settings by attending AACN’s next live webinar, “Choosing Wisely in Critical Care: Nurses Taking Action,” Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m. PT. Developed by the Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) task force, this evidence-based list of critical care practices is part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely initiative. Deborah Becker, associate professor of nursing, University of Pennsylvania, and CCSC task force member, will discuss the five practices identified and the nurse’s role in facilitating conversations with patients and colleagues. Free registration includes the live event, implementation tools and resources, online discussion forum and access to the on-demand recording. Learn more and register.


Step Forward

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



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Critical Care Handbook of the Massachusetts General Hospital

Editor: L. Bigatello, H. Alam, R. Allain, E. Bittner, D. Hess, R. Pino, U. Schmidt
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