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AT THE BEDSIDE Use of Manikins May Improve Emergency Care An educational plan for a simulated code blue emergency, which combines elements of the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care and Benner’s novice-toexpert nursing theory, helped a health system improve quality of care. “Inspiring Change: Taking Code Blue Education to the Units,” in a recent Nursing2011, says staff-development Code blue simulation uses specialists at Christiana Care Health Del., elements of AACN Synergy System, Wilmington,usingimplemented code blue scenarios high-fidelity Model for Patient Care. human patient simulators — manikins — “that are remarkably realistic.” After one year of on-unit scenario training, data showed an increase in staffperceived comfort with an average change of 0.70 in self-ratings. Skills assessed were overall comfort with resuscitation, locating emergency items in the cart, recording a resuscitative event and defibrillation. Christiana Care Health System received more requests to provide this education in non-ACLS-trained units and in new ACLS provider areas. “We plan to continue the program and expand it to include non-ACLS units for basic life support (BLS) practice,” the article adds. New Technology Helps Stroke Patients Who Can’t Swallow A study at the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Institute, Australia, is using magnetic stimulators to “jump-start” the brain after a stroke and repair swallowing functions, which break down in more than 50 percent of Magnetic stimulators patients who stimulate nerve cells suffer a stroke, University believed to control of Adelaide reports. swallowing. Up to 32 muscle pairs are “involved in swallowing and all have to work in perfect harmony to get food and drink from the lips down into the stomach,” says speech pathologist Sebastian Doeltgen, University of Adelaide’s Neuromotor Plasticity & Development Research Group. Doeltgen, who calls swallowing a “huge demand on the brain,” says that when people have strokes, the parts of the brain that control the muscles in the mouth and throat often become damaged. Using magnetic stimulators we can “create electrical currents in the brain that stimulate the nerve cells which we believe help control swallowing,” he adds in the report. is redesigned with a fresh look and better navigation. Find your best career opportunities at Search nationwide job openings or narrow your search by specialty and location. Plus there’s a convenient list of links to online resources for your career — including salary information, resume writing, mentoring and advice from educational institutions and experts. Visit today for: ◗ Daily job postings ◗ Hundreds of jobs listed by specialty, location or hospital/facility ◗ The best career opportunities in nursing Brought to you by: HJ_08-1448 18 DECEMBER 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - December 2011

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Dec. 19 Deadline: National Awards Recognize Excellence, Leadership in HAI Prevention
Box Office Hit 'Contagion' Raises Questions About Virus
New Privacy Recommendations for Storing Newborn Screening Specimens
Motor Training Can Advance Social Development in Infants With Autism
In-Hospital Mobility Benefits Older Patients
NSAIDs May Harm Patients with Heart Disease, Hypertension
Pain Code' Encourages Use of Maximum Dosage
FDA's Treatment Recommendations for Simvastatin 80
Study Identifies Predictors of Sudden Cardiac Death Versus Surviving Heart Attack
Study Seeks Initiator of Post-Trauma Intestinal Cell Damage
Australian Study: 'How Dangerous is a Day in Hospital'
In Our Journals
ICU Staff Composition May Decrease Burnout
Use of Manikins May Improve Emergency Care
Celebrate Certification
AACN Financials
From the President

Bold Voices - December 2011