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Paediatric nursing

Cecilia Bartholdson, Bert Molewijk, Kim Lützén, Klas Blomgren, Pernilla Pergert
BACKGROUND: In previous research on ethics case reflection (ECR) sessions about specific cases, healthcare professionals in childhood cancer care were clarifying their perspectives on the ethical issue to resolve their main concern of consolidating care. When perspectives were clarified, consequences in the team included 'increased understanding', 'group strengthening' and 'decision grounding'. Additional analysis of the data was needed on conditions that could contribute to the quality of ECR sessions...
March 2018: Nursing Ethics
Alejandro Bosch-Alcaraz, Anna Falcó-Pegueroles, Iolanda Jordan
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the meaning of comfort and to contextualise it within the framework of paediatric critical care. BACKGROUND: The concept of comfort is closely linked to care in all health contexts. However, in specific settings such as the paediatric critical care unit it takes on particular importance. DESIGN: A literature review was conducted. METHODS: A literature search was performed of articles in English and Spanish in international health science databases, from 1992 to March 2017, applying the quality standards established by the PRISMA methodology and the Joanna Briggs Institute...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Shadia Alshahrani, Judy Magarey, Alison Kitson
AIMS: To explore the nature of relatives' involvement in the care of patients in acute medical settings in Australia and Saudi Arabia and to explore the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of nurses. BACKGROUND: There is little known about how relatives respond to being involved in patient care and the impact this has on the quality of care. Equally, little is known about how nurses enable such involvement. Previous studies have focused on settings such as critical care and paediatrics where relatives' involvement as advocates is mostly acknowledged and accepted...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Taffy Makaya, Jennifer Gilbert, Fiona Ryan, Wendy Watts
Clinical governance processes are important for improving patient care. Patients with adrenal insufficiency are at significant risk if they have an adrenal crisis and require steroid therapy. Families should receive education on managing illness or stress, that is, steroid sick day rules. Most of this education is delivered by children's nurses. Two local cases of mortality related to adrenal insufficiency were reviewed and a questionnaire audit was undertaken to compare the steroid sick day rules education provided to patients and their families with published standards...
March 7, 2018: Nursing Children and Young People
Andreas Entenmann, Susann Dittrich, Vera Hessling, Christian Niederwanger, Gerard Cortina, Miriam Michel
BACKGROUND: Junctional ectopic tachycardia is a serious complication of surgery for paediatric congenital heart disease. R-wave synchronized atrial (AVT) pacing, an innovative temporary pacing technique, restores atrioventricular synchrony in these patients. The method is highly effective but technically complex. A standardized training model exists for doctors but not for paediatric intensive care nurses. AIMS: This study seeks to evaluate whether a standardized programme involving simulation and vignettes increases knowledge of AVT pacing and accuracy of its documentation, as well as recognition and management of specific complications...
March 6, 2018: Nursing in Critical Care
Morris Ogero, Philip Ayieko, Boniface Makone, Thomas Julius, Lucas Malla, Jacquie Oliwa, Grace Irimu, Mike English
Background: Measurement and correct interpretation of vital signs is part of routine clinical care. Repeated measurement enhances early recognition of deterioration, may help prevent morbidity and mortality and is a standard of care in most countries. Objective: To examine documentation of vital signs by clinicians for admissions to paediatric wards in Kenyan hospitals, to describe monitoring frequency by nurses and explore factors influencing frequency. Methods: Vital signs information (temperature, respiratory and pulse rate) for the first 48 hours of admission was collected from case records of children admitted with non-surgical conditions to 13 Kenyan county hospitals between September 2013 and April 2016...
June 2018: Journal of Global Health
Melike Ayça Ay, Fatma Öz
BACKGROUND: Attitudes of nurses towards death and related concepts influence end-of-life care. Determining nurses' views and attitudes towards these concepts and the factors that affect them are necessary to ensure quality end-of-life care. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine nurses' views and attitudes about death, dying patient, euthanasia and the relationships between nurses' characteristics. METHODS: Participants consist of the nurses who volunteered to take part in this descriptive study from 25 hospitals (n = 340) which has a paediatric or adult intensive care unit and located within the boundaries of Ankara, Turkey...
January 1, 2018: Nursing Ethics
Rikke Mie Rishoej, Jesper Hallas, Lene Juel Kjeldsen, Henrik Thybo Christesen, Anna Birna Almarsdóttir
Background: Hospitalized children are at risk of medication errors (MEs) due to complex dosage calculations and preparations. Incident reporting systems may facilitate prevention of MEs but underreporting potentially undermines this system. We aimed to examine whether scenarios involving medications should be reported to a national mandatory incident reporting system and the likelihood of self- and peer-reporting these scenarios among paediatric nurses and physicians. Methods: Participants' reporting of MEs was explored through a questionnaire involving 20 medication scenarios...
March 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
Craig M Dale, Judy King, Reshma Amin, Sherri Katz, Douglas McKim, Jeremy Road, Louise Rose
Purpose: No studies have explored the experiences of Canadian mechanical ventilator-assisted adolescents (VAAs) living at home as they transition from paediatric to adult health providers. A better understanding of the needs of this growing population is essential to provide transition services responsive to VAAs and caregiver-identified needs. Methods: We conducted semistructured telephone interviews with adolescents and family caregivers who had recently initiated or completed transition to adult care recruited from three Canadian university-affiliated paediatric home ventilation programs...
August 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Michelle Long, Ken J Farion, Roger Zemek, Debby Voskamp, Nick Barrowman, Salwa Akiki, Sarah Reid
Background: Hyperbilirubinemia is a common neonatal condition requiring timely management to prevent acute bilirubin encephalopathy. Management protocols allow nonphysicians to initiate designated actions prior to physician assessment. Objective: To assess the effectiveness of a nurse-initiated neonatal jaundice management protocol for serum bilirubin sampling and phototherapy for neonates presenting with hyperbilirubinemia to the Paediatric Emergency Department (PED)...
August 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
James McGann, Jaqueline Manohar, Harriet Hiscock, Denise O'Connor, Jan Hodgson, Franz Babl, Valerie Sung
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the barriers and enablers influencing the uptake of two recommendations from a tertiary paediatric hospital's clinical practice guidelines by maternal and child health nurses (MCHNs) and emergency department (ED) doctors: (i) explaining normal crying; and (ii) avoiding attributing crying to gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) and limiting anti-reflux medication use. METHODS: The study was designed as 1-h focus group discussions, guided by the Theoretical Domains Framework, and a short questionnaire, with a purposive sample of MCHNs and ED doctors in Victoria, Australia in (March to September) 2015...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Isabel Viñuales, Araceli Monzón-Fernández, Manuel Viñuales, Teresa Sanclemente
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate nurses' triage quality and adequacy in Saragossa's Hospital Clínico and to compare the main characteristics of "urgent" and "non-urgent" visits to the Hospital Emergency Department (HED). METHOD: This exploratory-retrospective research study was carried out over the last 3 months of 2015 (paediatrics, gynaecological and ophthalmologic emergencies were excluded). Data were obtained from the "Puesto Clínico Hospitalario" programme used in the HED...
February 13, 2018: Enfermería Clínica
Heather L Tubbs-Cooley, Constance A Mara, Adam C Carle, Ayse P Gurses
INTRODUCTION: The NASA Task Load Index (NASA-TLX) is a subjective workload assessment scale developed for use in aviation and increasingly applied to healthcare. The scale purports to measure overall workload as a single variable calculated by summing responses to six items. Since no data address the validity of this scoring approach in health care, we evaluated the single factor structure of the NASA-TLX as a measure of overall workload among intenisive care nurses. METHODS: Confirmatory factor analysis of data from two studies of nurse workload in neonatal, paediatric, and adult intensive care units...
February 12, 2018: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
Susan L Bannister, Mark S Dolson, Lorelei Lingard, David A Keegan
CONTEXT: As part of their training, physicians are required to learn how to perform technical skills on patients. The previous literature reveals that this learning is complex and that many opportunities to perform these skills are not converted into attempts to do so by learners. This study sought to explore and understand this phenomenon better. METHODS: A multi-phased qualitative study including ethnographic observations, interviews and focus groups was conducted to explore the factors that influence technical skill learning...
February 15, 2018: Medical Education
Celine Lewis, Melissa Hill, Owen J Arthurs, John C Hutchinson, Lyn S Chitty, Neil Sebire
OBJECTIVE: To assess health professionals' and coroners' attitudes towards non-minimally and minimally invasive autopsy in the perinatal and paediatric setting. METHODS: A qualitative study using semistructured interviews. Data were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Twenty-five health professionals (including perinatal/paediatric pathologists and anatomical pathology technologists, obstetricians, fetal medicine consultants and bereavement midwives, intensive care consultants and family liaison nurses, a consultant neonatologist and a paediatric radiologist) and four coroners participated...
February 8, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Andrea Poscia, Simonetta Ferro, Lauretta Tribuzi, Antonietta Spadea
INTRODUCTION: The Italian Ministry of Health has launched an alert about the reduction in vaccine coverage (VC), which decreased below 95% since 2014 for many paediatric vaccines, oppositely from the National Prevention Plan 2014-18 and the National Immunization Plan 2017-2019. Even though the growing vaccine hesitancy attracts the attention of the media in the last few years, the organization of an easily accessible and efficient supply network remains a crucial imperative for ensuring satisfactory and uniform vaccine coverage...
September 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
Myriam Santos-Folgar, Martín Otero-Agra, Felipe Fernández-Méndez, María Teresa Hermo-Gonzalo, Roberto Barcala-Furelos, Antonio Rodríguez-Núñez
INTRODUCTION: It has been observed that health professionals have difficulty performing quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The aim of this study was to compare the quality of ventilations performed by Nursing students on an infant model using different methods (mouth-to-mouth-and-nose or bag-valve-mask). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A quasi-experimental cross-sectional study was performed that included 46 second-year Nursing students. Two quantitative 4-minute tests of paediatric CPR were performed: a) mouth-to-mouth-and-nose ventilations, and b) ventilations with bag-valve-mask...
February 8, 2018: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
Eliana María Cano Londoño, Isabel Cristina Mejía Gil, Katerine Uribe Hernández, Carmenza Ricardo Ramírez, Matilde Ligia Álvarez Gómez, Ricardo Antonio Consuegra Peña, Camilo Andrés Agudelo Vélez, Susana Zuluaga Penagos, Mussatye Elorza Parra, José G Franco Vásquez
OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence and characteristics of delirium during the initial evaluation of critically ill patients aged 5-14 years. METHOD/DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study in a critical care unit. For six months, all patients were evaluated within the first 24-72 hours or when sedation permitted the use of the paediatric confusion assessment method for the intensive care unit (PCAM-ICU) and the Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98 items #7 and #8 to determine motor type...
February 7, 2018: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
Priya N Bhat, John M Costello, Ranjit Aiyagari, Paul J Sharek, Claudia A Algaze, Mjaye L Mazwi, Stephen J Roth, Andrew Y Shin
Introduction Diagnostic errors cause significant patient harm and increase costs. Data characterising such errors in the paediatric cardiac intensive care population are limited. We sought to understand the perceived frequency and types of diagnostic errors in the paediatric cardiac ICU. METHODS: Paediatric cardiac ICU practitioners including attending and trainee physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and registered nurses at three North American tertiary cardiac centres were surveyed between October 2014 and January 2015...
February 7, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
R Martinez, A D Rogers, A Numanoglu, H Rode
BACKGROUND: Telemedicine is increasingly applied in developed settings to facilitate transfer of information to and from burn surgeons across vast geographic areas. WhatsApp is a widely available and extremely user-friendly encrypted smartphone application that does not require the expensive physical and personnel infrastructure that characterizes many of these telemedicine systems. The aim of this study was to review the use of WhatsApp to facilitate paediatric burn injury consultations to a regional burn centre in a developing country, where burn care continues to be thwarted by administrative apathy, poor resource allocation and lack of attention to medical and nursing education at all levels...
January 27, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
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