Clinical Pearls

What is Clinical Pearls?

Clinical pearls are small bits of free standing, clinically relevant information designed for easy reference.

Explore the following clinical pearls and alerts to learn more.

1. Pulmonary Hypertension Clinical Pearl by Jenny Connolly, FNP-BC,  click here                                                                    stethoscope2


2. Clinical Pearls – Self Care by Kismet Rasmusson, FNP-BC, RAFA, click here


3. Asking the right questions during the H&P by Karen A. Tarolli, MSN, ANCP-BC, CHFN click here


4. Verification of Feeding Tube Placement( blindly inserted)

AACN practice alert – Verification of Feeding Tube Placement( blindly inserted) –  the evidence click here


5. Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

According to studies urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common hospital acquired infection,

associated with the presence of an indwelling urinary catheter, 40 percent of the time. Review of this

practice alert, presented by AACN will help you in the development of strategic initiatives to for better

outcome in patient with indwelling urinary catheter. To access the alerts click here


6. Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue

Alarm fatigue develops when a person is exposed to an excessive number of alarms. This situation                                                    670px-Do-a-Case-Study-Step-2

can result in sensory overload, which may cause the person to become desensitized to the alarms.

Consequently, the response to alarms may be delayed, or alarms may be missed altogether.

Developing an alarm safety program helps identify the appropriate patients to monitor and helps

standardize the practice across clinical environments. To read the full text please click here


7. Delirium Assessment and Management ( AACN practice alert, 2013)

Delirium is an acute change in consciousness that is accompanied by inattention and either a

change in cognition or perceptual disturbance. The importance of Implement delirium assessment

for all critically ill patients using validated tools such as the Confusion Assessment Method for the

ICU (CAM-ICU) or Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC) [Level B], cannot be

overemphasized. To learn more on how to identify and manage patients with delirium, click here