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
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
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