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Benefits of Beating Heart CABG After MI

Researchers from Australia have published (before print) an analysis of non-elective CABG using bypass, cardiac arrest and aortic cross clamping compared with beating-heart revascularization. They did a retrospective review of 5851 patients who had urgent CABG within 7 days of acute MI (AMI). Only 77 patients had beating-heart surgery. Factors…

Evidence-Based Competency Curriculum

Nurses at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have published a detailed competency-based curriculum to assess nurse practitioner’s transition into the critical care practice role. Unfortunately, the authors note that often, there is little to no time set aside for the transition from critical care bedside nurse to advanced practitioner;…

Time to Talk About Grief

The most recent issue of AACN Advanced Critical Care has two important articles about nurses dealing with grief. In Creating a Healthy Workplace, author Hui-wen Sato from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles makes these observations: Nurses carry a unique and complicated burden of grief, trauma and moral distress Critical Care is…