Critical Care 1402 - Critical Care Alert - Feb 01, 2010

Target Audience:

This educational activity is intended for critical care physicians and nurses.


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Credit Designation:

This activity has been approved for 1.0 nursing contact hours using a 60-minute contact hour.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 14749, for 1.0 Contact Hours.

Nurses licensed in California should retain this credit letter for four years.


David J. Pierson, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington

Nurse Planner
Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD, RN
Department of Acute/Tertiary Care
School of Nursing
University of Pittsburgh

Peer Reviewer
William Thompson, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Washington

Associate Editors
Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN
Director, Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship
Rush University Medical Center
Professor, Rush University College of Nursing

James E. McFeely, MD
Medical Director Critical Care Units
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Berkeley, CA


  • Lending a (Clean) Hand to Infection Prevention Measures: Improving Hand-hygiene Practices
  • Active Involvement of Families in ICU Care Improved Satisfaction with Care Provided
  • Exogenous Surfactant Does Not Improve Outcomes in Adults with Acute Lung Injury or ARDS
  • User-friendliness of the Latest Generation of ICU Ventilators
  • Considerations in Developing a Policy for Organ Donation After Cardiac Death


  • Identify the particular clinical, legal, or scientific issues related to critical care
  • Describe how those issues affect nurses, health care workers, hospitals, or the health care industry in general
  • Cite solutions to the problems associated with those issues

Financial Disclosure:

Critical Care Alert's Editor David J. Pierson, MD, Nurse Planner Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD, RN, Peer Reviewer William Thompson, MD, Associate Editors Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN, and James E. McFeely, MD, report no financial relationships related to this field of study.

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