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AACN Patient Safety Professionals Gather in New Orleans I ©Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, Purdue University New Guidelines Set Practice Framework for Tele-ICU Nursing Practice AACN has issued the first set of guidelines specifically for the emerging subspecialty of tele-ICU nursing practice. The guidelines are a resource for the growing number of registered nurses who practice in tele-ICUs, also called remote or virtual ICUs. Tele-ICUs have increased in number across the United States. Currently, more than 40 programs exist at about 250 hospitals, reaching more than 10 percent of the country’s ICU patients. Tele-ICU nurses monitor patients from a remote location using audiovisual technology and computer software to identify trends in data for early identification of patient instability and to communicate with patients and bedside nurses. TeleICU nurses are a welcome addition to the team of healthcare professionals as they monitor and interact with patients and families, consult with bedside clinicians and support evidence-based care. “Patient care has expanded Existing tele-ICUs can evaluate their practice beyond the traditional against the guidelines. boundaries of New units can establish the ICU,” says AACN past president Connie consistent practice. Barden, director of telehealth initiatives at Miami’s Baptist Health South Florida and co-chair of AACN’s Tele-ICU Task Force. “Standardized definitions and practice guidelines benefit nurses and other clinicians who practice from a remote location, the organizations they work for and especially the patients and families they care for.” The document defines tele-ICU nursing and identifies the guidelines and their essential elements to help tele-ICU nurs6 MARCH 2013 f you want to learn the latest about patient safety, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) Patient Safety Congress, May 8-10 in New Orleans, is where you’ll meet and exchange ideas with experts and fellow practitioners from around the globe. Leaders in patient safety carefully craft the National Patient Safety Foundation’s annual conference to provide real-world tools and resources so that, informed by evidence, you can tackle the challenges of keeping patients and their families safe. Thought-provoking plenary sessions anchor the conference program. Among them, journalist Suzanne Gordon brings her interactive presentation, “Bedside Manners,” to the opening keynote session. Physician Bridget Duffy, the Cleveland Clinic’s first chief experience officer, presents best practices in executing quality and safety through the patient’s eyes. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joe Hallinan (“Why We Make Interdisciplinary Mistakes”) will explore program includes the science of transformational human error — how we think, models for safe see, remember healthcare delivery. and forget. Twenty-five educational sessions focus on topical tracks that include health information technology, risk prevention, employee engagement, transformational models for safe healthcare delivery and engaging patients and their families. Early-bird registration for the NPSF Patient Safety Congress ends March 15. Visit to register. On May 22, AACN joins NPSF in its home city to present the Patient Safety Summit during the 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in Boston. NTI Patient Safety Summit information is available at es, managers and program directors evaluate their individual or unit practice. New units will find the guidelines invaluable, because they provide a framework for consistent practice in this emerging field. Download a free PDF at teleicu-guide. Print copies are available from the online AACN Bookstore, $10 for members and $25 for nonmembers. http://

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - March 2013

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
Design an NTI Just for You
New Guidelines Set Practice Framework for Tele-ICU NursingPractice
New Methods Increase Speed of Sepsis Diagnosis
High Blood Pressure Can Injure the Brain of Young Adults
Recurrent Hypoglycemia May Not Impair Long-Term Development of Preterm Infants
Superstorm Sandy Hospital Evacuation Decisions Questioned
New STEMI Guidelines Focus on Symptom Recognition, Ease of Use
Early Communication About Resuscitation Improves EOL Quality
Vote Now for AACN Board, Nominating Committee Members
Simple Measures Reduce Pneumonia
Fresh Blood in the ICU
Meeting Veterans’ Healthcare Needs
In Our Journals
Checklists May Reduce Venous Thromboembolism
Certification Capsules
Chapter Leadership Workshop @NTI 2013
Wear Your NTI Pride on May 20
Dare To

Bold Voices - March 2013