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UA/NSTEMI: Are you following the latest guidelines?
Nursing2012, September 2012

In 2011, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) Task Force on Practice Guidelines updated the 2007 guidelines for management of patients with unstable angina (UA) and NSTEMI. This article reviews the current guidelines and discusses how to apply them to patient care.



Increasing Communication in the Intensive Care Unit: Is Blogging the Answer?
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, December 2012

Blogging is a form of rapid, real-time communication for which any person may post or comment on an important thought or message. Blogging can help to increase compliance with quality measures, update staff on need to know information such as changes in policies and procedures, and provide up-to-date educational resources at any time, from anywhere.



Maintaining Professional Boundaries in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
AACN Advanced Critical Care, September 2012

Concepts of patient- and family-centered care call on health care providers to build relationships with patients and families to collaborate on the goal of reaching optimal outcomes and safe passage for the child. These concepts should not be misinterpreted as a reason or invitation to blur or violate boundary lines.



Tele-ICU Partners Enhance Evidence-Based Practice: Ventilator Weaning Initiative
AACN Advanced Critical Care, September 2012

Research-based enhancements are paramount to the advancement of nursing practice and prompt the implementation of creative methods to improve care. The advent of the tele-intensive care unit (ICU) introduces new members of the health care team to assist with implementation of EBP initiatives. 



Preventing Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers
Nursing2012 Critical Care, September 2012

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) in one facility’s adult cardiac surgery population frequently exceeded the national benchmarks. Learn how the nursing staff planned and implemented a quality improvement program that helped reduce the incidence of HAPUs in adult cardiac surgery patients to under 2%.



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