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Medical Surgical Nursing

Athanasios Tselebonis, Evangelia Nena, Christos Nikolaidis, Theocharis Konstantinidis, Christos Kontogiorgis, Maria Panopoulou, Theodore C Constantinidis
OBJECTIVE: To monitor microbes, focusing on drug resistance, on the hands of the personnel of four departments of a tertiary hospital (ICU, neonatal unit, internal medicine ward and surgical ward) and explore differences between departments, professions and genders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hand sampling from 125 healthcare employees was conducted followed by isolation, identification and antibiotic resistance profiling of different microbial species. RESULTS: Staphylococcus spp was the most prevalent microbe (76/125, 60...
September 1, 2016: Folia Medica
Zeinab Tabanejad, Marzieh Pazokian, Abbas Ebadi
Introduction: Recent studies suggest that liaison nurse intervention might be effective to solve the gap between intensive care unit and wards, but little studies are known about the effect of this intervention. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of liaison nurse service on patient outcomes after discharging from intensive care unit. Methods: In this single blinded randomized controlled trial, a total of 80 patients were selected by convenience sampling method from two teaching hospitals located in Tehran, Iran...
September 2016: Journal of Caring Sciences
Leanne M Boehm, Eduard E Vasilevskis, Lorraine C Mion
BACKGROUND: The ABCDE bundle is a multifaceted, interprofessional intervention that is associated with reduced ventilator and delirium days as well as increased likelihood of mobility in intensive care. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to describe organizational domains that contribute to variation in ABCDE bundle implementation as reported by intensive care unit providers and to examine the capability of a conceptual framework for identifying variation in ABCDE bundle implementation...
November 2016: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
Carsten Engelmann, Gudela Grote, Siegfried Geyer, Dzifa Ametowobla
PURPOSE: Algorithms for surgical operation planning are evidence-based. However, choices sometimes have to be made between medically equal solutions e.g. for staffing of sought-after operations. Such decisions are heavily influenced by micropolitics and power. The article examines the array of highly manipulated processes around operation theatre allocation of convenient time slots or staff, which play out in various ways in all of the world's main regional surgical cultures. METHOD: Essay supported by empiric data from an ethnographic power-analysis targeted to senior executive surgeons...
October 14, 2016: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Neeraj Nagpal
Physicians and Internists in India have tended to brush under the carpet legal issues affecting their profession. Of concern to all Physicians is the judgment in a recent case where the NCDRC has stated that if MD Medicine Physicians write Physician & Cardiologist on their letterhead it is Quackery. What is MD Medicine degree holder in India qualified and trained to treat ? These are issues which need debate and that can only be initiated once we recognize that there is a problem. Either an MD Medicine is a cardiologist or he is not...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Anna L Altshuler, Brian T Nguyen, Halley E M Riley, Marilyn L Tinsley, Özge Tuncalp
CONTEXT: Although some women may desire the involvement of their partners when obtaining abortion care, male partners are not routinely included in the abortion process. A review of the literature on how male involvement relates to women's abortion experiences may help guide facilities that are considering incorporating male partners in abortion care. METHODS: PubMed, PsycINFO (Ovid), the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, the Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature database, and the Cochrane Library were systematically searched without restrictions through September 23, 2015, to identify qualitative and quantitative primary studies investigating male partner accompaniment during the abortion process in noncoercive situations...
October 11, 2016: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Maura Lusignani, Maria Lorella Giannì, Luca Giuseppe Re, Maria Luisa Buffon
AIM: To assess the frequency, intensity and level of moral distress perceived by nurses working in medical, surgical and intensive care units. BACKGROUND: Moral distress among nurses compromises their ability to provide optimal patient care and may cause them to leave their job. METHODS: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey of 283 registered nurses was conducted to evaluate the frequency, intensity and levels of moral distress. A revised version of the Moral Distress Scale (MDS-R) was used...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Nursing Management
Karin Page-Cutrara, Melanie Turk
BACKGROUND: Prebriefing is the introductory phase of the simulation process, however, little nursing education research is available on this aspect of simulation. Reflection theory and concept mapping informed a model-based structured prebriefing activity to prepare students for meaningful simulation learning. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the intervention of structured prebriefing for its effect on nursing students' competency performance, clinical judgment and their perceived prebriefing experience...
September 24, 2016: Nurse Education Today
Pedro Miguel Garcez Sardo, Cláudia Sofia Oliveira Simões, José Joaquim Marques Alvarelhão, João Filipe Fernandes Lindo Simões, Paulo Alexandre Puga Machado, Francisco Manuel Lemos Amado, António José Monteiro Amaro, Elsa Maria Oliveira Pinheiro de Melo
AIM: To gain more insight into the magnitude of the problem of pressure ulcer incidence in general wards of a Portuguese hospital. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective cohort analysis of electronic health record database from 7132 adult patients admitted to medical and surgical wards of Aveiro Hospital during 2012. The development of (at least) one pressure ulcer during the length of stay was associated with age, gender, type of admission, specialty units, first Braden Scale score, length of stay, patient discharge outcome and ICD-9 diagnosis...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Tissue Viability
Stacy Evans, Erica Yager, Leonie Sutherland, Marty Downey
PURPOSE OF STUDY: Viewing the surgical patient holistically within their environment of care, the bedside nurse is aware of the possible complication of postoperative paralytic ileus that can lead to patient discomfort and increased medical costs. Acute care nurses observed postoperative patients watching televised cooking shows on a consistent basis and questioned if there was a mind-body link between bowel function and watching cooking shows. DESIGN OF STUDY: The study used an observational approach to examine the return of bowel sounds for postoperative patients...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
Piotr Brzyski, Maria Kózka, Allison Squires, Tomasz Brzostek
PURPOSE: To present how factor analysis results of a Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI) translation changed due to country context. DESIGN: Validity and reliability analysis of a cross-culturally adapted, Polish translation of the PES-NWI came from a cross-sectional, national survey that included 2,605 registered nurses working in surgical (50.4%) and medical (49.6%) units of 30 Polish hospitals. METHODS: Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) using the principal component analysis (PCA) method with varimax rotation and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to examine factor structure of the instrument in the Polish context...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Shannon N Acker, Beth Wathen, Genie E Roosevelt, Lauren R S Hill, Anna Schubert, Jenny Reese, Denis D Bensard, Ann M Kulungowski
Introduction The rapid response team (RRT) is a multidisciplinary team who evaluates hospitalized patients for concerns of nonemergent clinical deterioration. RRT evaluations are mandatory for children whose Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) score (assessment of child's behavior, cardiovascular and respiratory status) is ≥4. We aimed to determine if there were differences in characteristics of RRT calls between children who were admitted primarily to either medical or surgical services. We hypothesized that RRT activations would be called for less severely ill children with lower PEWS score on surgical services compared with children admitted to a medical service...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yangyang R Yu, Paulette I Abbas, Carolyn M Smith, Kathleen E Carberry, Hui Ren, Binita Patel, Jed G Nuchtern, Monica E Lopez
PURPOSE: As reimbursement programs shift to value-based payment models emphasizing quality and efficient healthcare delivery, there exists a need to better understand process management to unearth true costs of patient care. We sought to identify cost-reduction opportunities in simple appendicitis management by applying a time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) methodology to this high-volume surgical condition. METHODS: Process maps were created using medical record time stamps...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Vincent S Staggs, Emily Cramer
Reliability-the extent to which multiple measurements of a target yield similar results-is critical in comparing healthcare provider quality. Hospital unit fall rates are widely tracked and used for benchmarking, but their reliability is not well-studied. Our twofold purpose was to estimate fall rate reliability, both in terms of signal (between-unit variability) relative to noise (within-unit variability) and in terms of the accuracy with which units can be classified as high-fall units; and to assess reliability as a function of the number of quarters of data used to compute fall rates...
September 30, 2016: Research in Nursing & Health
Yin Li
Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) is a patient-centered, surgeon-led system combining anesthesia, nursing, nutrition and psychology. It aims to minimize surgical stress and maintain physiological function in perioperative care, thereby expediting recovery. ERAS theory has been clinically applied for nearly 20 years and it is firstly used in colorectal surgery, then widely used in other surgical fields. However, ERAS is not used commonly in esophagectomy because of its surgical complexity and high morbidity of postoperative complications, which limits the application of ERAS in the field of esophagectomy...
September 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Flavia Coroian, Bertrand Coulet, Claire Jourdan, Olivier Choquet, Isabelle Laffont
OBJECTIVE: The musculotendinous retractions are common complications of central neurological damage with consequences for comfort and function. Treatment of uncomfortable retractions is often surgical, mainly based on tendon gestures. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of percutaneous needle tenotomy in these indications. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: The indication was accepted at a medical-surgical consultation. Tenotomy was performed using an 18 Gauge needle...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Lioudmila V Karnatovskaia, Margaret M Johnson, Travis J Dockter, Ognjen Gajic
PURPOSE: Survivors of critical illness are frequently unable to return to their premorbid level of psychocognitive functioning following discharge. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the burden of psychological trauma experienced by patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) as perceived by clinicians to assess factors that can impede its recognition and treatment in the ICU. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two distinct role-specific Web-based surveys were administered to critical care physicians and nurses in medical and surgical ICUs of 2 academic medical centers...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Gail G Salvatierra, Ruth C Bindler, Kenn B Daratha
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is to present an overview of rapid response team (RRT) history in the United States, provide a review of prior RRT effectiveness research, and propose the reframing of four new questions of RRT measurement that are designed to better understand RRTs in the context of contemporary nursing practice as well as patient outcomes. ORGANIZING CONSTRUCT: RRTs were adopted in the United States because of their intuitive appeal, and despite a lack of evidence for their effectiveness...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Katrin Blondal, Brynja Ingadottir, Hildur Einarsdottir, Dorothea Bergs, Ingunn Steingrimsdottir, Sigrun Steindorsdottir, Gudbjorg Gudmundsdottir, Elin Hafsteinsdottir
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of implementation of evidence-based recommendations to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study, conducted in 2010-12, with a before and after design. SETTING: A major referral university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Data were collected before (n = 244) and 1 year after (n = 255) the intervention for patients who received urinary catheters...
September 24, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
John Grimshaw, Daniel Hatch, Melissa Willard, Sam Abraham
Concerns about patient bedside change-of-shift reporting at a community hospital in northern Indiana stimulated the development of this qualitative phenomenological study. A review of the literature revealed a research deficit in acute care nurses' perceptions of bedside reporting in relation to compliance. The research question addressed in this study was, "What are acute care nurses' perceptions of the change-of-shift report at the patients' bedside?" Personal interviews were conducted on 7 medical, surgical, and intensive care unit nurse participants at a community hospital in northern Indiana...
September 21, 2016: Health Care Manager
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