Critical Care 2014-06 - Critical Care Alert - Jun 01, 2014

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 50-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.

Faculty Listing:

David J. Pierson, MD
Professor Emeritus
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Washington

Nurse Planner
Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD, RN
Professor Emeritus
Nursing and Clinical & Translational Science
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 Editors
Saadia R. Akhtar, MD, MSc
St. Luke's Idaho Pulmonary Associates

Richard J. Wall, MD, MPH
Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Disorders Medicine,
Southlake Clinic,
Valley Medical Center,
Renton, WA

Richard H. Kallet, MS, RRT, FAARC, FCCM 
Director of Quality Assurance,
Respiratory Care Services,
San Francisco General Hospital

Eric C. Walter, MD, MSc
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,
Northwest Permanente and Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center,

Linda L. Chlan, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean's Distinguished Professor of Symptom Management Research,
The Ohio State University,
College of Nursing


  • Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE): An Attempt to Step Out of the Mire
  • Gloves Are Not Perfect
  • Patients with Multiple Medical Emergency Team Calls Are at High Risk for Adverse Outcomes
  • Frailty: An Important Determinant of Outcome in Critical Illness
  • Sedative Medications: Challenging to Predict Clinical Effectiveness in Some Mechanically Ventilated Patients


  • 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 Kimballreport no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

Authors Richard H. Kallet, MS, RRT, FAARC, FCCM, and Eric C. Walter, MD, MSc  report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study. Author Linda L. Chlan, RN, PhD, FAAN reports that she receives grant/research support from Hospira.

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