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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/28506741/evaluation-of-a-sound-environment-intervention-in-an-icu-a-feasibility-study
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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/28365068/the-effect-of-guided-imagery-on-physiological-and-psychological-outcomes-of-adult-icu-patients-a-systematic-literature-review-and-methodological-implications
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238586/developing-a-minimum-dataset-for-nursing-team-leader-handover-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-focus-group-study
#10
Amy J Spooner, Leanne M Aitken, Amanda Corley, Wendy Chaboyer
BACKGROUND: Despite increasing demand for structured processes to guide clinical handover, nursing handover tools are limited in the intensive care unit. OBJECTIVES: The study aim was to identify key items to include in a minimum dataset for intensive care nursing team leader shift-to-shift handover. METHODS: This focus group study was conducted in a 21-bed medical/surgical intensive care unit in Australia. Senior registered nurses involved in team leader handovers were recruited...
February 23, 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
#11
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/28292417/response-to-letter-to-the-editor-measurement-of-the-frequency-and-source-of-interruptions-occurring-during-bedside-nursing-handover-in-the-intensive-care-unit-an-observational-study
#12
LETTER
Amy Spooner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292416/measurement-of-the-frequency-and-source-of-interruptions-occurring-during-bedside-nursing-handover-in-the-intensive-care-unit-an-observational-study
#13
LETTER
Belinda-Jade Wakefield
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292415/survival-is-not-enough-the-importance-of-recovery-after-critical-illness
#14
EDITORIAL
Andrea P Marshall
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292414/concerns-about-care-and-communication-are-key-causes-of-moral-distress-in-intensive-care-staff
#15
REVIEW
M A Coombs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254165/content-validity-testing-of-the-esat-%C3%A2-a-decision-aid-tool-for-performing-endotracheal-suction-in-children
#16
K Davies, M Bulsara, A S Ramelet, L Monterosso
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Endotracheal tube suction performed in children can affect clinical stability. Previous research has identified clinical indicators used to perform endotracheal suction. These were used to develop the Endotracheal Suction Assessment Tool(©) (ESAT(©)). This study sought to evaluate the degree to which the Endotracheal Suction Assessment Tool(©) items as a whole constitute an operational definition of the construct used to determine whether a paediatric intensive care nurse should perform the endotracheal tube suction procedure...
February 18, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209517/inadvertent-hypothermia-and-mortality-in-critically-ill-adults-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
REVIEW
Panagiotis Kiekkas, Fotini Fligou, Michael Igoumenidis, Nikolaos Stefanopoulos, Evangelos Konstantinou, Vasilios Karamouzos, Diamanto Aretha
OBJECTIVE: Considering that inadvertent hypothermia (IH) is common in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients and can be followed by severe complications, this systematic review identified, appraised and synthesized the published literature about the association between IH and mortality in adults admitted to the ICU. DATA SOURCES: By using key terms, literature searches were conducted in Pubmed, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Web of Science and EMBASE. REVIEW METHODS: According to PRISMA guidelines, articles published between 1980-2016 in English-language, peer-reviewed journals were considered...
February 13, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187904/hydrotherapy-for-the-long-term-ventilated-patient-a-case-study-and-implications-for-practice
#18
REVIEW
Sally Wegner, Peter Thomas, Christine James
Hydrotherapy of mechanically ventilated patients has been shown to be safe and feasible in both the acute stages of critical illness and in those requiring long term mechanical ventilation. This case study describes the hydrotherapy sessions of a 36 year old female, who after suffering complications of pneumococcal meningitis, became an incomplete quadriplegic and required long term mechanical ventilation. When implementing hydrotherapy with patients on mechanical ventilation a number of factors should be considered...
February 7, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185721/approaches-and-adjuncts-used-by-physiotherapists-when-suctioning-adult-patients-who-are-intubated-and-ventilated-in-intensive-care-units-in-australia-and-new-zealand-a-cross-sectional-survey
#19
Charissa S L Tan, Meg Harrold, Kylie Hill
BACKGROUND: Suctioning is an integral component of care for patients who are intubated and ventilated in an intensive care unit (ICU). There appears to be no published data of physiotherapy suctioning practices in Australia or New Zealand. OBJECTIVE: To describe suctioning practices and the factors which have shaped these practices, of experienced physiotherapists working with adults who are intubated and ventilated in an ICU across Australia and New Zealand. Areas of investigation focused on: (i) suctioning approach (i...
February 6, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139368/noninvasive-ventilation-for-acute-exacerbations-of-asthma-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#20
REVIEW
Elyce Green, Paras Jain, Maree Bernoth
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic disease characterised by reversible airway obstruction caused by bronchospasm, mucous and oedema. People with asthma commonly experience acute exacerbations of their disease requiring hospitalisation and subsequent utilisation of economic and healthcare resources. Noninvasive ventilation has been suggested as a treatment for acute exacerbations of asthma due to its ability to provide airway stenting, optimal oxygen delivery and decreased work of breathing...
January 27, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
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