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  THIS JUST IN May 2010  
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May is National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month!

Nurses certified in critical care are more satisfied and feel more empowered than their non-certified peers.

Iron deficiency in ICU patients tied to higher transfusion rate.

Covidien initiated a voluntary recall of certain lots of its cuffed ShileyTM tracheostomy tubes and Custom/Specialty tracheostomy tubes.


  FROM OUR JOURNALS


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Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal - January/March 2010

Learn the early signs and symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome and recognize those patients at risk for developing it. Also, brush up on the goals of therapy and pharmacologic management.



IMPORTANCE OF ACCURATE QT MEASUREMENTS
AACN Advanced Critical Care - January/March 2010

Congenital long QT syndrome is a rare genetic condition primarily arising from potassium and sodium ion channel mutations. Patients with this disorder are at risk for syncope, ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death. Learn more by reading ECG Challenges: Congenital Long QT Syndrome.



BENEFITS OF EARLY MOBILITY
Nursing2010 Critical Care - March 2010

What are the phases of mobilization? How can it be determined that a patient is ready for early mobilization? Discover these answers and more by examining Implementing an Early Mobility Program In The ICU.



IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF I.V. HEPARIN USE
AACN Advanced Critical Care - April/June 2010

I.V. heparin is commonly used to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and acute coronary syndrome. Learn how one team sought to improve administration of this high-risk medication and manage patients in a safer, more efficient manner. Don’t miss Nurse-Driven Intravenous Heparin Protocol: Quality Improvement Initiative.



WHAT IS CONTINUING EDUCATION?
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly - April/June 2010

Understand the definition of continuing education and its benefits and significance to professional nursing. Take some time to read Continuing Education: A Bridge to Excellence in Critical Care Nursing.




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Goal: Prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections
Tool: Safe Infusion Therapy Learning Center

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