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Issue 100 - 9 July 2009


1. Coalition for Patients' Rights Designate Agency of Records
Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p10
The article reports that the U.S. health care public affairs agency, Jones Public Affairs, Inc., has been designated the public relations agency of record for the patient advocacy group the Coalition of Patients' Rights (CPR). Jones Public Affairs will work with CPR to disseminate messages supporting a system of choice and quality patient care.

2. Tips for Talking With Your Pharmacist
Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p10
The article reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has developed a brochure that offers suggestions to help patients communicate with their pharmacists in order to learn more about their medications. A list of things to tell and ask the pharmacist is included in the brochure. The brochure is available at

3. Educational Web Site on Emerging Issues in Medical Therapeutics
Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p10
The article reviews the Clinician-Consumer Health Advisory Information Network web site,

4. Guidelines for Culturally Appropriate Care
Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p10
The article reports that the U.S. healthcare quality reporting organisation, the National Quality Forum, has selected and endorsed 45 practices to help health care systems provide culturally appropriate and patient-centered care and to reduce disparities in health care. The practices, which were chosen on the basis of general consensus and published studies, include patient-centered and culturally appropriate approaches to leadership, care delivery, and community engagement.

5. Handing off critically ill patients to family caregivers: What are your best practices?
by Alspach, Grif. Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p12-22
The article discusses issues pertaining to family caregivers of critically ill patients. Profiles of family caregivers and family care recipients are presented. Health conditions that precipitate the need for a family caregiver are examined. Types of care provided by family caregivers are discussed. The emotional and physical impact of caregiving is examined. A table of resources from the National Family Caregivers Association is also included.

6. Use of the term "narcotic"
by Ryan, Catherine F et al. Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p26
A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article "Physiology and Treatment of Pain," published in the December 2008 issue.

7. Family-Centered Care: Meeting the Needs of Patients' Families and Helping Families Adapt to Critical Illness
by Davidson, Judy E. Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p28-34
The article discusses family-centered care for families of patients with critical illness. Studies that measured adverse psychological outcomes, such as anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder in family members are discussed. The results of a literature search of interventions to decrease adverse psychological outcomes are presented. Interventions included structured programs of education and family conferencing.

8. Support Groups Facilitated by Families of Former Patients: Creating Family-Inclusive Critical Care Units
by Sacco, Tara L et al. Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p36-45
The article discusses a support group created by nurses for families of patients in the burn trauma intensive care unit of Strong Memorial Hospital Family members of former patients contributed by addressing care delivery issues and sharing their experiences. The structure of the support group sessions and the results of an evaluation of the sessions are discussed.

9. Registered Nurses as Family Care Specialists in the Intensive Care Unit
by Nelson, Delores Privette & Plost, Gerald. Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3, p46-52
The article discusses a family-centered care program in which critical care nurses act as family care specialists. The steps involved in the development of the program are listed, including gathering of information and acquisition of funding. A table of the top 10 needs of families of critically ill patients is presented. The family support protocol for the intensive care unit is also included. Duties of family care specialists are also listed.

10. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Reducing Door-to-Balloon Time in a Community Hospital
by Pelletier, Debra A. Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p54-64
The article discusses the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) program of the North Shore Medical Center-Salem Hospital. The author explains that caring for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients and achieving a "door-to-balloon" (DTB) time that is congruent with guidelines requires expert care and a collaborative approach. The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association preferred reperfusion strategy is presented.

11. A Multidisciplinary Approach to Reducing Door-to-Balloon Time in a Community Hospital
Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p65
The article looks at the multidisciplinary approach used by the North Shore Medical Center to reduce the door-to-balloon (DTB) time for percutaneous coronary intervention. The analysis of the problem, identification of the problem, and the action plan are discussed. A table of interventions to improve DTB times is presented. Interventions include establishing a collaborative relationship with emergency medical services and clarifying roles of cardiac catheterization staff.

12. Implementation of a Rapid Response Team: A Success Story
by Scott, Susan S & Elliott, Sheila. Critical Care Nurse, Jun 2009, Vol 29 Issue 3:p66-74
The article describes the implementation of a rapid response team (RRT) at the Baystate Medical Center. The planning, implementation, and evaluation processes are discussed. Preparation for the implementation is discussed, including staff meetings to familiarize critical care nurses with protocols. The pilot study and outcomes are examined. Modifications to the implementation which addressed RRT nursing coverage and unit staffing are also discussed.

Journals – Table of Contents

13. From PACEsetters, First Quarter 2009 Volume 6 No 1
A healthcare publication of the Joanna Briggs Institute: promoting and supporting Best Practice

13A. Leading from the front [Whether leaders are born or made, what remains critical is the provision of opportunities to develop skills and inspire others]
13B. Dawn Fraser: An Olympic First Lady
13C. Global footprints [Professor Adrian Esterman]
13D. Courage and Clinical Leaders in Australia
13E. COnNECT the Dots with the JBI Evidence Review Team

14. From The Outlet - New Zealand Stomal Therapy Nurses April 2009
14A. Introduction; Chairperson's Report February 2009
14B. Benefits and drawbacks following major pelvic surgery: Urostomy formation
14C. Tikanga. Best Practice Guidelines for Maori Ostomy patients
14D. New Zealand Stomal Therapy Nurses Contact Details

15. The Dissector May 2009, Volume 37, Number 1
15A. Graduation Time!
Conference Keynote Speakers Finalised ; Flora Cameron Award goes nation-wide
15C. Preventing OT infections is a global challenge; Nursing crisis addressed in US, UK
Malo Samoa (Sulu) Fesili 1949-2009
Surgery for dummies
15F. Watch your back!
15G. A flight and a paediatric experience to remember...
15H. Appendectomy
15I. Multi-drug resistant organisms super bugs on the prowl
Operating Suite Cleaning
15K. Standard & Transmission-based Precautions
15L. Operating Suite Attire
15M. Anne Johnston: Her story

Conferences, training and seminars

16. 7th Australasian Conference on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Those attending the conference have the opportunity to meet, network and form partnerships with key health care safety and quality leaders to include CEO?s, clinicians, managers and consumers. With a strong emphasis on the workshop program, delegates will also have the opportunity to share in the most up-to-date strategies, innovative approaches, theories and tools that seek to enhance the safety and quality of our health care services.
Date: Sep 07 2009 - Sep 09 2009
Location: Sydney NSW
Phone: +61 2 9265 0700
Fax: +61 2 9267 5443

17. Perioperative Nurses College of New Zealand Nurses Organisation Annual Conference 2009
The theme is 'Life in balance, balance in life'
Date: Thursday October 29 - Saturday October 31, 2009
Venue: The Rutherford Hotel, Nelson
More information:

News – National

18. Free seasonal flu vaccinations
Free seasonal flu vaccinations are now available to all New Zealanders, the Health Ministry announced today as the swine flu death toll officially reached six with a seventh case unconfirmed. A Northern Regional Health Coordination Centre spokeswoman said two people died at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital yesterday.

19. Risk measles outbreak will spread
Doctors in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific are being warned about Christchurch's "significant measles outbreak" amid fears that pupils on holiday will spread the virus.

20. Gene link to mental illness
Dominion Post - 8th Jul 2009
Family doctors may be missing the chance to diagnose early symptoms of mental illness because of the stigma attached to it, Otago University research suggests.

News - International

21. Viewpoint
The general practice experience of the swine flu epidemic in Victoria — lessons from the front line
Peter Eizenberg
The swine influenza (H1N1 09) outbreak in Victoria has provided an excellent opportunity to review the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI) and to assess its performance in practice. General practitioners play a major role in seasonal flu management, and it was expected that the AHMPPI would enable GPs on the front line to maintain this central role during the swine flu pandemic. The role of front-line GPs has been made extremely difficult by deficiencies in implementation of the AHMPPI, including resource supply failures, time-consuming administrative burdens, delays in receiving laboratory test results and approval for provision of oseltamivir to patients, and a lack of clear communication about policy changes as the situation progressed.We must use this experience to ensure timely and appropriate review of the AHMPPI and the way it is implemented. Better consultation with front-line clinicians, particularly GPs, is crucial and must occur as a matter of urgent priority.






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