Critical Care 1509 - Critical Care Alert - Sep 01, 2011

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
Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT
Assistant Director of Respiratory Care
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Anesthesia
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Linda L. Chlan, RN, PhD
School of Nursing, University of Minnesota


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  • Identify the particular clinical, legal, or scientific issues related to critical care
  • Describe how those issues affect physicians, 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, and Peer Reviewer William Thompson, MD, report no financial relationships related to this field of study. Associate Editor Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT, serves as a retained consultant for Philips Respironics, ResMed, Breathe, and Pari, and also receives honorarium from Covidien. Associate Editor Linda L. Chlan, RN, PhD, receives grant/research support from the National Institutes of Health.

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