Critical Care 1605 - Critical Care Alert - May 01, 2012

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
Professor Emeritus
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
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

Executive Editor
Leslie Coplin
AHC Media

Managing Editor
Neill Kimball
AHC Media

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


  • ICU Bed Availability Appears to Influence Goals of Care but not Hospital Mortality
  • Failure to Adhere to Evidence-Based Guidelines Worsens Outcomes: Support from a Large Study in Trauma Patients
  • Factors that Increase Risk for ICU Readmission: Implications for ICU Discharge Practices
  • Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation and Prevention of Post-Extubation Respiratory Failure


  • 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, Peer Reviewer William Thompson, MD, Executive Editor Leslie Coplin, and Managing Editor Neill Kimball report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study. Associate Editor Linda L. Chlan, RN, PhD, reports that she receives grant/research support from the National Institutes of Health.

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