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AT THE BEDSIDE AACN’s Updated Basic ECG E-Learning Course Now Available AACN has launched an updated version of its Basic ECG Interpretation E-Learning course. Developed by critical care and ECG experts, the course — which equips nurses to identify potential cardiac threats quickly and respond appropriately — features an eightstep process for analyzing and interpreting cardiac rhythms. With the American Heart Association’s “Practice Standards for ECG Monitoring in Hospital Settings” as a foundation, the course provides an interactive educational experience offering current evidence-based practices to enhance clinical decision-making at the bedside. Designed for critical care nurses, cardiac technicians and other health professionals working with monitored patients, the course uses a standardized approach to help simplify the Interactive ECG complex practice course is based on of dysrhythmia interpretation American Heart and reinforces it with real-life case Association’s practice standards. studies. Ten lessons focus on proper monitoring techniques, ECG waveforms and intervals analysis, and dysrhythmia interpretation. New to the updated version is content on identifying and troubleshooting pacemaker rhythms. Designed to increase clinicians’ confidence in identifying a broad spectrum of heart dysrhythmias, the course enables faster identification of potential cardiac threats, expediting appropriate responses and promoting optimal outcomes. Upon completion, nurses earn 6.5 continuing nursing education contact hours. Basic ECG Interpretation, available for individual and institutional purchase, is one of seven AACN E-Learning courses and complements Essentials of Critical Care Orientation. For more information on this and AACN’s other E-learning courses or to purchase the course, visit More Coronary Events Associated With Dabigatran A study in Archives of Internal Medicine warns of the potential for increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI) or acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in certain patient populations taking the anticoagulant drug dabigatran (Pradaxa). “Dabigatran Association With Higher Risk of Acute Coronary Events,” published online Jan. 9, indicates the pharmacologic mechanism that could increase the risk remains unknown and that the control drugs might simply be better at preventing MI. The meta-analysis of seven trials, the largest being 18,000 patients and the others all fewer than 3,500, found that MI or ACS occurred in 1.19 percent of patients on dabigatran compared with 0.79 percent in control groups. “The overall benefit and risk balance of dabigatran use appears to be favorable in patients with atrial fibrillation because of reduction in ischemic stroke,” study authors say in a related article. “However, the cardiac risk of dabigatran should be investigated further, especially if it is used in populations at high risk of MI or ACS.” BEYOND $5,000 Sign-on Bonus ICU Open House ordinary jobs to extraordinary careers Be part of a great healthcare employer, dedicated to pushing beyond ordinary jobs... to extraordinary careers. DeKalb Medical is proud to be an environment teeming with opportunities for you to learn, grow and advance in your field. If you are as passionate as we are about providing care that is both state-of-the-art and personal, we invite you to join us: Critical Care Nursing Opportunities DeKalb Medical at North Decatur and Hillandale Take your career all the way to extraordinary! Email for more details or apply online at . EOE Check out DeKalb Medical on AACN BOLD VOICES MAY 2012 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - May 2012

Front/Digital Edition Viewing Guide
Another Angle
AACN Boards and Contact Information
Your NTI Checklist
AACN, Case Western Reserve University Announce Innovative DNP, PhD Collaboration
Patients at End of ICU Rounds Receive Less Face Time
Medical Panel Members Have Conflicts of Interest
Adverse Events Unreported
Penn Nursing Study: Nurse Burnout a Worldwide Problem
Low-Cost Changes to Nurses' Work Environment Also Benefit Patients
Hospital Workers Reluctant to Report Medical Errors
Flame of Excellence Awards
Circle of Excellence Awards
UTI Prevention Lower Priority Than Other HAIs
Children at Higher Risk for Infection in Intensive Care
Cameras, Feedback: Effective Tools to Enforce Hand Washing
In Our Journals
More Coronary Events Associated With Dabigatran
Certification Capsules
Publishing-related Events at NTI
Stay Connected at NTI
From the President

Bold Voices - May 2012