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Updated: Mar 25, 2020

As of today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 11:30 a.m CDT, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 974 people statewide have tested positive for the virus, with 12 deaths, up from 304 on Saturday. Houston-area COVID-19 cases rise to 284, with 55,568 cases nationwide, making the U.S. third in the world for COVID-19 cases behind China and Italy.

Our number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of our members by providing them the knowledge they need to care for COVID-19 patients and protect themselves from infection.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering website

Clinical Practice Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coronavirus resource page is our primary source for information and for the latest updates and prevention information.

Please take note on the special guidance for healthcare professionals on PPEs.

AACN has content and resources for its members to use now in caring for patients with COVID-19. To date, the most serious reported outcomes from COVID-19 infections are related to pulmonary complications. The following are five essential educational resources for use in caring for our most vulnerable and critically ill patients experiencing COVID-19. (AACN account login required)

1. Evidence-Based Early Recognition and Management of ARDS Drives Outcomes: The Why and How (recorded presentation)

Practice early identification and intervention of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in patients with COVID-19 to achieve the best outcomes. Kathleen Vollman, a clinical nurse specialist and nationally renowned speaker, leads you through strategies for early recognition of ARDS and evidence-based care practices for patients with ARDS, as well as consideration of other interventions potentially available to help impact short- and long-term outcomes.

2. Standard vs. Alternative Vent Modes: What’s the Difference? (on-demand webinar)

Be confident in interpreting patients’ responses to various modes of ventilation. This webinar presented by John Gallagher, a leading expert on trauma nursing and ventilator management, provides a fundamental understanding of volume- and pressure-targeted modes of ventilation. These approaches protect lung tissue and recruit alveoli, enabling the earliest possible liberation from the ventilator.

3. Why Prone? Why Now? Improving Outcomes for ARDS Patients (on-demand webinar)

Implement prone positioning safely and effectively. Prone positioning is one of the most challenging interventions for nurses to manage. In this webinar, national nursing speaker Kathleen Vollman explores the evidence on patient selection and the impact on patients plus the most effective time frames for initiating therapy and maintaining the position. She also provides guidance for turning and sustaining patients in the position to keep you safe.

4. Infection Prevention and Control: Critical Role of the Bedside Nurse (recorded presentation)

Use foundational infection protocols to minimize hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Protecting your patients — especially those with COVID-19 — from HAIs is a fundamental skill. However, your facility may now be deploying nurses unfamiliar with the basic infection prevention strategies common in progressive and critical care. This recorded NTI presentation by infection prevention leader Meredith E. Shellner is a great back-to-basics refresher for you or your colleagues newly deployed during the crisis. Shellner reviews the use of nurse-driven protocols for reducing urinary catheterization, ventilator associated pneumonia and central line-associated bloodstream infections.

5. Extracorporeal Life Support: RN Management of ECMO Patients (on-demand webinar)

Enhance your knowledge of the most advanced oxygenation support available to patients. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in COVID-19 may require extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to maintain oxygenation. Early intervention is critical when your patient on ECMO starts to experience a complication. In this webinar, extracorporeal life support expert Michael G. Petty helps you distinguish the differences between venovenous and venoarterial extracorporeal live support and critical assessments that indicate complications.

We hope the content provided in the resources above helps you continue to deliver the best possible care during this time of crisis.

Updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11:59 am CDT

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