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About the American Journal of Critical Care

The American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) is the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' (AACN's) preeminent peer-reviewed publication for communicating advances in critical care research. This bimonthly journal’s mission is to create a space for our readers and members of AACN to engage with original research and innovation in critical care. Authors are invited to submit original clinical, translational, and health services research studies that address questions relevant to critical care nursing, interprofessional practice, and critical care delivery. AJCC will accept rigorously conducted cross-sectional and observational studies, qualitative and mixed methods studies, clinical trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses. Brief reports and letters to the editors are encouraged as well. Outstanding reviews are usually invited by the editorial staff, and these reviews are typically concise, focused, and provide an evidence-based perspective on a topic of importance to interdisciplinary critical care.

Editors in Chief

Cindy L. Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing and Health Studies
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Fla

Aluko A. Hope, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York, NY

Clinical Advisers

Linda Bell, MSN, RN
Sarah A. Delgado, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC
Cindy Cain, DNP, RN, CNS, CCRN
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Aliso Viejo, Calif

Founding Coeditors

Christopher W. Bryan-Brown, MD, and Kathleen Dracup, DNSc, RN

Editorial Board

Michael H. Ackerman, DNS, RN, Columbus, OH; Thomas Ahrens, DNS, RN, CCRN, St Louis, MO; JoAnn Grif Alspach, MSN, EdD, RN, Annapolis, MD; Judy L. Bezanson, DSN, RN, Dallas, TX; Stijn I. Blot, PhD, RN, Ghent, Belgium; Elizabeth J. Bridges, PhD, RN, CCNS, Seattle, WA; Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD, MCCM, Atlanta, GA; Linda L. Chlan, PhD, RN, Rochester, MN; Marianne Chulay, DNSc, RN, Southern Pines, NC; Martha A. Q. Curley, PhD, RN, Philadelphia, PA; Rhonda D'Agostino, ACNP-BC, New York, NY; Lynn Doering, DNSc, RN, Los Angeles, CA; Barbara Drew, PhD, RN, San Francisco, CA; Lewis A. Eisen, MD, Bronx, NY; Doug Elliott, PhD, RN, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Susan K. Frazier, PhD, RN, Lexington, KY; Marjorie Funk, PhD, RN, New Haven, CT; Michael A. Gropper, MD, PhD, San Francisco, CA; Sandra Hanneman, PhD, RN, Houston, TX; Kathryn Haugh, PhD, RN, Charlottesville, VA; Steven Hollenberg, MD, Camden, NJ; Connie Jastremski, MS, RN, CNAA, Syracuse, NY; Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN, Nashville, TN; Constantine Manthous, MD, Bridgeport, CT; Peter E. Morris, MD, Winston-Salem, NC; Debra K. Moser, DNSc, RN, Lexington, KY; Janet D. Pierce, PhD, APRN, CCRN, Kansas City, KS; Kathleen Puntillo, PhD, RN, San Francisco, CA; Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, Orlando, FL; Theodore A. Stern, MD, Boston, MA; M. Christine Stock, MD, Chicago, IL; Kathleen M. Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, Detroit, MI; Douglas White, MD, MAS, Pittsburgh, PA; Susan Woods, PhD, RN, Seattle, WA.

Editorial Office

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(800) 899-1712, (949) 362-2000
Website:; e-mail:

Publishing Manager: MICHAEL MUSCAT
Managing Editor: KATIE L. SPILLER, MS
Art and Production Director: LeROY HINTON
Graphics Specialist: MATTHEW EDENS
Graphics Associate: MOLLY ZISK
Peer Review Coordinator: BETTY SCHIEFELBEIN
Publishing Assistant: SAM MARSELLA

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Megan Brunson, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN-CSC

Elizabeth Bridges, PhD, RN, CCNS

Nikki Dotson-Lorello, BSN, RN, CCRN, CPTC

Amanda Bettencourt, MSN, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, ACCNS-P

Jennifer Adamski, DNP, APRN, CNS, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Theresa Davis, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CHTP
Anna Dermenchyan, MSN, RN, CCRN-K
John Gallagher, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K, TCRN, RRT
Kiersten Henry, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCNS, CCRN-CMC
Deborah Jones, PhD, RN
Beth Wathen, MSN, APRN, CCRN

Chief Executive Officer
Dana Woods, MBA

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CRITICAL CARE (Print ISSN 1062-3264, Online ISSN 1937-710X) is published bimonthly (January, March, May, July, September, November) by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. Telephone: (949) 362-2000. FAX: (949) 362-2049. Email: Copyright 2019 by AACN. All rights reserved. The AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CRITICAL CARE is an official peer-reviewed publication of AACN. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage retrieval system, without permission of AACN. For all permission requests, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center, Customer Service, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923. (978) 750-8400. Prices on bulk reprints of articles available on request from AACN at (800) 899-1712. Printed on acid-free paper. The AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CRITICAL CARE is indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed, PsycINFO, Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Science Citation Index Expanded, ISI Alerting Services, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EBSCO collections, Ovid collections, and Scopus.

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For membership and subscription questions: AACN members, individual nonmembers, call (800) 899-2226 or (949) 362-2000 or email; for institution subscription questions: call (800) 336-6348 or (818) 487-2075 or email Change of address: Send notices to AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CRITICAL CARE, Subscription Service Department, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for change to take effect.

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