Study: Critical Care Improvements May Differ Depending on Hospital’s Patient Population

A new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reveals that while critical care outcomes in ICUs steadily improved over a decade at hospitals with few minority patients, ICUs with a more diverse patient population did not progress comparably.

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Epidemic levels of chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to challenges of managing patients in pain

A series of seven articles in AACN Advanced Critical Care focuses on the challenges of safe, effective pain management in the ICU, including more Americans reporting daily chronic pain and the rapidly increasing prevalence of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder.

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Could Nursing Certification Make a Difference in Adopting Evidence-Based Practices?

A survey of critical care nurses in six UPMC hospitals found a strong association between nurses who were certified in critical care and their knowledge of and perceived value in specific evidence-based practices used to care for patients receiving mechanical ventilation, according to a study published in the American Journal of Critical Care.

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Registration Opens for Premier Critical Care Nursing Conference

Nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for critically ill patients and their families can now register for the 2020 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Indianapolis, May 4-7. The conference offers hundreds of sessions to improve clinical practice, patient outcomes and hospitals’ bottom line, with a comprehensive program that incorporates leading evidence-based education.

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ICU Survivors Commonly Experience Job Loss after Critical Illness, Study Confirms

National attention has been drawn to the plight of patients who have experienced the unintended side effects of prolonged ICU care such as memory loss and muscle weakness. Now, a research team led by UC San Diego have evaluated the employment impacts to ICU patients, with concerning findings.

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Michigan hospital improves post-CABG outcomes, using proactive amiodarone protocol

A quality improvement project at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan resulted in a decreased incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation and shorter mean lengths of stay. The results indicate that an amiodarone POAF prophylaxis protocol could significantly reduce costs, improve patient outcomes and increase the overall quality of care.

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