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Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736089/long-term-cognitive-impairment-and-delirium-in-intensive-care-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Marion L Mitchell, David H K Shum, Gabor Mihala, Jenny E Murfield, Leanne M Aitken
BACKGROUND: Whilst there is a growing body of research exploring the effect of delirium in intensive care unit (ICU) patients, the relationship between patient delirium and long-term cognitive impairment has not been investigated in settings where low rates of delirium have been reported. OBJECTIVES: To assess the association between the incidence of delirium, duration of mechanical ventilation and long term cognitive impairment in general ICU patients. METHODS: Prospective cohort study conducted in a tertiary level ICU in Queensland, Australia...
July 20, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734561/avoiding-adult-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-retrospective-cohort-study-to-determine-preventability
#2
Gordon Bingham, Irma Bilgrami, Mandy Sandford, Sarah Larwill, Judit Orosz, Carl Luckhoff, Tony Kambourakis
INTRODUCTION: This study had three main aims. Develop a methodology for reviewing in-hospital cardiac arrests (IHCA). Assess appropriateness and potential preventability of IHCAs. Identify areas for improvement within the rapid response system (RRS). DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study of IHCA identified from an existing organisational electronic database of medical emergency (MET) and Code Blue team activation. Potential preventability of IHCA and Code Blue team activation were established by an expert panel based on a standardised case review process with descriptive and content analyses for each IHCA event...
July 19, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728875/the-use-and-uptake-of-pupillometers-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#3
Matthew Hao Lee, Biswadev Mitra, Jiun Kae Pui, Mark Fitzgerald
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant public health issue. Assessing pupil reactivity is a crucial aspect of its management and the pupillometer has been shown to be a more objective tool compared to the standard penlight. Its use, however, is not widespread. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the paucity in uptake, we examined the frequency of use of pupillometers (NeurOptics(®)NPi-100™) amongst Intensive Care Unit (ICU) doctors and nurses, evaluated its user-friendliness and explored barriers to its use...
July 17, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662942/secretion-clearance-strategies-in-australian-and-new-zealand-intensive-care-units
#4
George Ntoumenopoulos, Naomi Hammond, Nicola R Watts, Kelly Thompson, Gabrielle Hanlon, Jennifer D Paratz, Peter Thomas
INTRODUCTION/AIMS: To describe the processes of care for secretion clearance in adult, intubated and mechanically ventilated patients in Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Units (ICUs). METHODS/RESULTS: A prospective, cross-sectional study was conducted through the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG) Point Prevalence Program. Forty-seven ICUs collected data from 230 patients intubated and ventilated on the study day...
June 26, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645546/post-sepsis-cognitive-impairment-and-associated-risk-factors-a-systematic-review
#5
REVIEW
Allan J C Calsavara, Vandack Nobre, Tatiana Barichello, Antonio L Teixeira
INTRODUCTION: Post-sepsis cognitive impairment is one of the major sequelae observed in survivors of sepsis. This cognitive impairment can be global or may affect specific domains. A better understanding of these deficits and associated risk factors could influence the care of patients with sepsis. OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review to investigate the presence of cognitive impairment and its associated risk factors among patients who survived sepsis. METHODS: The search was conducted in MEDLINE (1966 to March 2017) and EMBASE (1988 to March 2017)...
June 20, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587719/clinical-audits-to-improve-critical-care-part-2-analyse-benchmark-and-feedback
#6
Gillian Ray-Barruel, Amanda J Ullman, Claire M Rickard, Marie Cooke
Clinical audits are an essential part of the cycle designed to ensure that patients receive the best quality of care. By measuring the care delivered against established best practice standards, it becomes possible to identify shortcomings and to plan targeted strategies and processes for continuous improvement. The success of a clinical audit depends upon defined goals, motivation of stakeholders, appropriate tools and resources, and clear communication. In part 1 of this series, an overview of the structures and processes needed to prepare and collect data for clinical audits in the critical care setting was provided [A...
June 3, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550968/clinical-audits-to-improve-critical-care-part-1-prepare-and-collect-data
#7
Amanda J Ullman, Gillian Ray-Barruel, Claire M Rickard, Marie Cooke
Clinical audits are used to examine current practice, compare this with established best practice and implementing change, to ensure patients receive the most effective treatment. They are successful in improving the quality and safety of care provided, and thereby clinical outcomes. Clinical audits are ubiquitous throughout critical care practice, but without the necessary focus, engagement, preparation, method, evaluation and communication, they may be a waste of resources. This article is the first of a two-paper series regarding audits in critical care...
May 24, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539188/counterbalancing-work-related-stress-work-engagement-among-intensive-care-professionals
#8
Margo M C van Mol, Marjan D Nijkamp, Jan Bakker, Wilmar B Schaufeli, Erwin J O Kompanje
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Working in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is increasingly complex and is also physically, cognitively and emotionally demanding. Although the negative emotions of work-related stress have been well studied, the opposite perspective of work engagement might also provide valuable insight into how these emotional demands may be countered. This study focused on the work engagement of ICU professionals and explored the complex relationship between work engagement, job demands and advantageous personal resources...
May 20, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506741/evaluation-of-a-sound-environment-intervention-in-an-icu-a-feasibility-study
#9
Lotta Johansson, Berit Lindahl, Susanne Knutsson, Mikael Ögren, Kerstin Persson Waye, Mona Ringdal
BACKGROUND: Currently, it is well known that the sound environment in intensive care units (ICU) is substandard. Therefore, there is a need of interventions investigating possible improvements. Unfortunately, there are many challenges to consider in the design and performance of clinical intervention studies including sound measurements and clinical outcomes. OBJECTIVES: (1) explore whether it is possible to implement a full-scale intervention study in the ICU concerning sound levels and their impact on the development of ICU delirium; (2) discuss methodological challenges and solutions for the forthcoming study; (3) conduct an analysis of the presence of ICU delirium in the study group; and (4) describe the sound pattern in the intervention rooms...
May 12, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487185/structures-processes-and-outcomes-of-the-aussie-heart-guide-program-a-nurse-mentor-supported-home-based-cardiac-rehabilitation-program-for-rural-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
#10
Terence J Frohmader, Frances Lin, Wendy P Chaboyer
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation has a number of benefits for patients, yet participation in it is sub-optimal, especially in regional Australia. Innovative models of cardiac rehabilitation are needed to improve participation. Providing nurse mentors to support patients transitioning from hospital to home represents a new model of service delivery in Australia. OBJECTIVES: To explore the impact of a home based cardiac rehabilitation program in assisting patients to recover from Acute Coronary Syndrome and meeting the expectations of nurse mentors delivering the program...
May 6, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483444/critical-care-clinician-perceptions-of-factors-leading-to-medical-emergency-team-review
#11
Judy Currey, Josh Allen, Daryl Jones
BACKGROUND: The introduction of rapid response systems has reduced the incidence of in-hospital cardiac arrest; however, many instances of clinical deterioration are unrecognised. Afferent limb failure is common and may be associated with unplanned intensive care admissions, heightened mortality and prolonged length of stay. Patients reviewed by a Medical Emergency Team are inherently vulnerable with a high in-hospital mortality. OBJECTIVE: To explore perceptions of intensive care unit (ICU) staff who attend deteriorating acute care ward patients regarding current problems, barriers and potential solutions to recognising and responding to clinical deterioration that culminates in a Medical Emergency Team review...
May 5, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606612/combining-critical-care-nurses-decision-making-with-human-and-technological-resources-for-patient-safety-do-we-fulfil-our-obligations
#12
EDITORIAL
Judy Currey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27613253/optimising-non-invasive-mechanical-ventilation-which-unit-should-care-for-these-patients-a-cohort-study
#13
Marta Raurell-Torredà, E Argilaga-Molero, M Colomer-Plana, A Ródenas-Fransico, M T Ruiz-Garcia, J Uya Muntaña
BACKGROUND: Use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has extended beyond intensive care units (ICUs), becoming usual practice in emergency departments (EDs) and general wards. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the relationship between nursing care and NIV outcome in different hospital units. DESIGN AND SETTINGS: Three university hospitals and one community hospital participated in a prospective observational cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: Ten units participated: 4 ICUs (1 surgical, 3 medical-surgical), 3 recovery (1 postsurgical, 2 EDs, 3 general wards)...
July 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454664/end-of-life-and-bereavement-care-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-need-for-more-quality-empirical-research
#14
EDITORIAL
Tom Buckley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365068/the-effect-of-guided-imagery-on-physiological-and-psychological-outcomes-of-adult-icu-patients-a-systematic-literature-review-and-methodological-implications
#15
REVIEW
Maria Hadjibalassi, Ekaterini Lambrinou, Evridiki Papastavrou, Elizabeth Papathanassoglou
OBJECTIVES: Guided imagery (GI) is a relaxation technique that is being increasingly explored in various patients' populations. We systematically reviewed evidence on the effects of GI on physiological and psychological outcomes of adult critically ill patients and extracted implications for future research. REVIEW METHOD USED: Systematic literature review of published studies based on the Cochrane Guidelines. DATA SOURCES: Studies were located through literature searches of CINAHL, PUBMED, EMBASE, COHRANE and Psych-Info...
March 29, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347624/efficacy-and-safety-of-normal-saline-instillation-and-paediatric-endotracheal-suction-an-integrative-review
#16
REVIEW
Jessica O'Leary, Marion L Mitchell, Marie Cooke, Andreas Schibler
OBJECTIVE: To synthesise research findings regarding the efficacy and safety of normal saline instillation (NSI) during endotracheal suction in the paediatric intensive care unit. DATA SOURCES: The Cochrane Library, PROSPERO, the National Health Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, PubMed and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) databases were systematically searched. Subject headings included "suctioning, endotracheal", "suction", "sodium chloride", "normal saline" and "paediatrics"...
March 24, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320611/the-challenges-in-caring-for-morbidly-obese-patients-in-intensive-care-a-focused-ethnographic-study
#17
Caz Hales, Maureen Coombs, Kay de Vries
BACKGROUND: Critically ill morbidly obese patients pose considerable healthcare delivery and resource utilisation challenges. However little is known about the care of these patients in intensive care. OBJECTIVE: To explore medical and nursing practices and attitudes in intensive care when caring for critically ill morbidly obese patients. METHODS: A focused ethnographic approach was adopted. Participant observation of care practices and interviews with intensive care doctors and nurses were undertaken over a four month period...
March 17, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284593/nurse-titrated-analgesia-and-sedation-in-intensive-care-increases-the-frequency-of-comfort-assessment-and-reduces-midazolam-use-in-paediatric-patients-following-cardiac-surgery
#18
Grace E Larson, Stephen McKeever
BACKGROUND: Pain and sedation protocols are suggested to improve the outcomes of patients within paediatric intensive care. However, it is not clear how protocols will influence practice within individual units. OBJECTIVES: Evaluate a nurse led pain and sedation protocols impact on pain scoring and analgesic and sedative administration for post-operative cardiac patients within a paediatric intensive care unit. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on 100 patients admitted to a tertiary paediatric intensive care unit pre and post introduction of an analgesic and sedative protocol...
March 8, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284592/inconsistent-vap-definitions-raise-questions-of-usefulness
#19
Meg Harward, Alison Smith, Leanne M Aitken
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 8, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274779/relationship-between-diurnal-patterns-in-rapid-response-call-activation-and-patient-outcome
#20
Joanne Molloy, Naomi Pratt, Ravindranath Tiruvoipati, Cameron Green, Virginia Plummer
BACKGROUND: The Rapid Response Call (RRC) is a system designed to escalate care to a specialised team in response to the detection of patient deterioration. To date, there have been few studies which have explored the relationship between time of day of RRC and patient outcome. OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between the time of RRC activations and patient outcome. METHOD: All adult inpatients with a RRC in non-critical care wards of a metropolitan Australian hospital in 2012 were retrospectively reviewed...
March 5, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
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