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  THIS JUST IN April 20, 2010  
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The AACN 2010 election is now underway - you have until 4/26 to vote!

Register for AACN's National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Washington, D.C.

From BMJ - Using care bundles to reduce in-hospital mortality: quantitative survey


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  FROM OUR JOURNALS
Earn CME/CE credit by reading these peer-reviewed, continuing education articles from Critical Care Insider and taking the tests.

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Nursing2010 - April 2010

In sepsis, the interplay of inflammatory cells and mediators leads to a cascade of endothelial injury, tissue hypoxia, microthrombi formation, and abnormal oxygen use. Brush up on the clinical features and management of sepsis by reading Sepsis Alert: Avoiding the Shock.



WHAT IS A GOOD DEATH?
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly - January/March 2010

The 3 most frequently mentioned themes identified when participants were asked to describe a good death were patient does not die alone, patient does not suffer, and acceptance of death by the patient and/or loved ones. Read more in How Do Critical Care Nurses Define a “Good Death” in the Intensive Care Unit?



WHEN A FRIEND IS CRITICALLY ILL
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing - March/April 2010

Read one nurse's journey with a friend who developed idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura in Leadership DIMENSION: Candidly Critical Real-Life Critical Care Nursing, Part 2.



STRATEGIES TO PREVENT INFECTION AFTER SPLENECTOMY
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing - March/April 2010

Patients without a spleen are at increased risk of severe infection. Discover vaccination guidelines and nursing interventions for Prevention of Sepsis after Splenectomy.



TREAT HYPERTENSIVE EMERGENCIES
AACN Advanced Critical Care - January/March 2010

Hypertensive crisis is defined by a systolic blood pressure of more than 180 mm Hg or a diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of more than 120 mm Hg. Update your knowledge of Management of Hypertensive Emergencies: A Drug Therapy Perspective for Nurses.



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