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Nurse resuscitation

Isabelle Bragard, Nesrine Farhat, Marie-Christine Seghaye, Oliver Karam, Arthur Neuschwander, Yasaman Shayan, Katharina Schumacher
OBJECTIVES: Pediatric cardiac arrest is a rare event. Its management requires technical (TSs) and nontechnical skills (NTSs). We assessed the effectiveness of a simulation-based training to improve these skills in managing life-threatening pediatric cardiac arrhythmias. METHODS: Four teams, each composed of 1 pediatric resident, 1 emergency medicine resident, and 2 pediatric nurses, were randomly assigned to the experimental group (EG) participating in 5 video-recorded simulation sessions with debriefing or to the control group (CG) assessed 2 times with video-recorded simulation sessions without debriefing at a 2-week interval...
October 18, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Tara Follett, Sara Calderon-Crossman, Denise Clarke, Marcia Ergezinger, Christene Evanochko, Krystal Johnson, Natalie Mercy, Barbara Taylor
BACKGROUND: A level 1 community hospital with a labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum (LDRP) unit delivering over 2800 babies per year was operating without dedicated neonatal resuscitation and stabilization support. PURPOSE: With lack of funding and space to provide an onsite level 2 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a position was created to provide neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) coverage to support the LDRP unit. METHOD: The article describes the innovative solution of having an NNP team rotate from a regional neonatal intensive care program to a busy community LDRP unit...
October 4, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Alexander K Leung, Shawn D Whatley, Dechang Gao, Marko Duic
OBJECTIVE: To study the operational impact of process improvements on emergency department (ED) patient flow. The changes did not require any increase in resources or expenditures. METHODS: This was a 36-month pre- and post-intervention study to evaluate the effect of implementing process improvements at a community ED from January 2010 to December 2012. The intervention comprised streamlining triage by having patients accepted into internal waiting areas immediately after triage...
October 17, 2016: CJEM
Andrew A M Ibey, Derek Andrews, Barb Ferreira
The authors present a case in which a physical anomaly with an infusion pump resulted in an unforeseen fault that the nurse's attempts to resolve unknowingly exacerbated. This case study presents the first report in the literature to detail the difficulty in recreating a patient safety event using smart pump logs, support server continuous quality improvement (CQI) data, and the drug order entry system to elucidate the clinical scenario. A 75-year-old male patient presented to a major teaching hospital and was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a massive gastrointestinal bleed and myocardial infarction, then stabilized...
December 2016: Drug Saf Case Rep
Rifat Latifi, Jayleen K L Gunn, John A Stroster, Edmond Zaimi, Fatos Olldashi, Agron Dogjani, Mihal Kerci, Xheladin Draçini, Julian Kuçani, Zhaneta Shatri, Agim Kociraj, Arian Boci, Ross I Donaldson
BACKGROUND: Traumatic injuries have become a substantial but neglected epidemic in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), but emergency rooms (ERs) in these countries are often staffed with healthcare providers who have minimal emergency training and experience. The aim of this paper was to describe the specialized training, available interventions, and the patient management strategies in the ERs in Albanian public hospitals. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive study of 42 ERs in the Republic of Albania between September 5, 2014, and December 29, 2014 was performed...
December 2016: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Ian N Olver, Jaklin A Eliott
Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders are necessary if resuscitation, the default option in hospitals, should be avoided because a patient is known to be dying and attempted resuscitation would be inappropriate. To avoid inappropriate resuscitation at night, if no DNR order has been recorded, after-hours medical staff are often asked to have a DNR discussion with patients whose condition is deteriorating, but with whom they are unfamiliar. Participants in two qualitative studies of cancer patients' views on how to present DNR discussions recognized that such patients are at different stages of understanding of their situation and may not be ready for a DNR discussion; therefore, a one-policy-fits-all approach was thought to be inappropriate...
2016: Cancers
Anne E Sales, Mary Ersek, Orna K Intrator, Cari Levy, Joan G Carpenter, Robert Hogikyan, Helen C Kales, Zach Landis-Lewis, Tobie Olsan, Susan C Miller, Marcos Montagnini, Vyjeyanthi S Periyakoil, Sheri Reder
BACKGROUND: The program "Implementing Goals of Care Conversations with Veterans in VA LTC Settings" is proposed in partnership with the US Veterans Health Administration (VA) National Center for Ethics in Health Care and the Geriatrics and Extended Care Program Offices, together with the VA Office of Nursing Services. The three projects in this program are designed to support a new system-wide mandate requiring providers to conduct and systematically record conversations with veterans about their preferences for care, particularly life-sustaining treatments...
September 29, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
Kokui Elikplim Pomevor, Augustine Adomah-Afari
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess available human resources for neonatal care and their skills, in order to explore health providers' perceptions of quality of neonatal care in health facilities in Ghana. Design/methodology/approach Data were gathered using qualitative interviews with health providers working in the maternity and paediatric wards and midwives; direct observation; and documentary review at a regional hospital, a municipal hospital and four health centres in a municipality in a region in Southern Ghana...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Yayoi Ohashi, Leyla Baghirzada, Hiroyuki Sumikura, Mrinalini Balki
Japan has seen significant developments in obstetric anesthesia in recent years, including the establishment of the Japanese Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. However, labor pain, which is one of the most important issues in obstetric practice, is still not treated aggressively. The rate of epidural administration for labor analgesia is very low in Japan as compared to other developed countries. Remifentanil has been used for labor analgesia, as part of general anesthesia for cesarean delivery, as well as for various fetal procedures around the world...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
John H Boyd, Demetrios Sirounis, Julien Maizel, Michel Slama
BACKGROUND: In critically ill patients at risk for organ failure, the administration of intravenous fluids has equal chances of resulting in benefit or harm. While the intent of intravenous fluid is to increase cardiac output and oxygen delivery, unwelcome results in those patients who do not increase their cardiac output are tissue edema, hypoxemia, and excess mortality. Here we briefly review bedside methods to assess fluid responsiveness, focusing upon the strengths and pitfalls of echocardiography in spontaneously breathing mechanically ventilated patients as a means to guide fluid management...
September 4, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Megan D Herbers, Joseph A Heaser
BACKGROUND: The high risk and low volume of medical emergencies, combined with long periods between training sessions, on 2 progressive care units at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, established the importance of transforming how nursing staff are trained to respond to medical emergencies. OBJECTIVES: To increase confidence levels and improve nursing performance during medical emergencies via in situ simulation. METHODS: An in situ, mock code quality improvement program was developed and implemented to increase nurses' confidence while improving nursing performance when responding to medical emergencies...
September 2016: American Journal of Critical Care: An Official Publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Nicolas J Pejovic, Daniele Trevisanuto, Jolly J Nankunda, Thorkild Tylleskär
AIM: We compared the performance of personnel in a low-resource setting when they used the I-gel cuffless neonatal laryngeal mask or a face mask on a neonatal airway management manikin. METHODS: At Mulago Hospital, Uganda, 25 doctors, nurses and midwives involved in neonatal resuscitation were given brief training with the I-gel and face mask. Then, every participant was observed positioning both devices on three consecutive occasions. The success rate and insertion times leading to effective positive pressure ventilation (PPV) were recorded...
September 1, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Monica Thallinger, Hege Langli Ersdal, Colin Morley, Carolyn Purington, Øystein Gomo, Estomih Mduma, Joar Eilevstjønn, Ketil Størdal
OBJECTIVE: Positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) is beneficial when ventilating preterm newborns. The aim was to study whether inexperienced providers were able to generate PEEP during simulated neonatal ventilation, using two novel prototype PEEP valves, on a self-inflating bag without an external gas source. DESIGN: Forty-six nursing students in Tanzania were trained in ventilation with a new Laerdal Upright resuscitator and mask on a NeoNatalie manikin with a newborn resuscitation monitor...
August 29, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Alireza Jeddian, Karla Hemming, Antje Lindenmeyer, Arash Rashidian, Leila Sayadi, Nazila Jafari, Reza Malekzadeh, Tom Marshall
PURPOSE: This trial evaluates implementation of critical care outreach in a middle-income country. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Critical care outreach delivered by a team of intensive care nurses was implemented across general hospital wards in an Iranian university hospital. The order of implementation was randomized with wards stratified by predicted mortality rates. Effectiveness was evaluated using a stepped wedge cluster randomized controlled trial design, comparing outcomes between patients admitted before and after implementation...
July 26, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
E J Voiglio, V Dubuisson, D Massalou, Y Baudoin, J L Caillot, C Létoublon, C Arvieux
The goal of abbreviated laparotomy is to treat severely injured patients whose condition requires an immediate surgical operation but for whom a prolonged procedure would worsen physiological impairment and metabolic failure. Indeed, in severely injured patients, blood loss and tissue injuries enhance the onset of the "bloody vicious circle", triggered by the triad of acidosis-hypothermia-coagulopathy. Abbreviated laparotomy is a surgical strategy that forgoes the completeness of operation in favor of a physiological approach, the overriding preference going to rapidity and limiting the procedure to control the injuries...
August 2016: Journal of Visceral Surgery
Nidhi Jain, Malvi Savani, Manyoo Agarwal, Dipen Kadaria
BACKGROUND: Hypoglycemia in a critical care setting is often multifactorial with iatrogenic insulin use, sulfonylurea (SU) use, sepsis, adrenal insufficiency and insulinoma among the common causes. Insulin autoimmune syndrome (IAS) is a rare cause of hypoglycemia characterized by the presence of insulin-binding autoantibodies to the sulfhydryl group-containing agents. We report a case of methimazole-induced IAS managed in the intensive care unit. CASE PRESENTATION: A 76-year-old woman with a history of primary hyperthyroidism was sent from a nursing home for unresponsiveness...
August 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism
Elizabeth Simpson
Survival rates following in-hospital cardiac arrest remain low. The majority of patients who survive a cardiac arrest will be in a monitored environment, have a witnessed cardiac arrest and present with a shockable rhythm, usually ventricular fibrillation. Nurses have a responsibility to preserve safety, which requires the ability to accurately assess patients for signs of deterioration in physical health, and to provide assistance when an emergency arises in practice. Nurses must work within the limits of their competence and be able to establish the urgency of a situation...
August 17, 2016: Nursing Standard
Tara L Mahramus, Daleen A Penoyer, Eugene M E Waterval, Mary L Sole, Eileen M Bowe
PURPOSE/AIM: Teamwork during cardiopulmonary arrest events is important for resuscitation. Teamwork improvement programs are usually lengthy. This study assessed the effectiveness of a 2-hour teamwork training program. DESIGN: A prospective, pretest/posttest, quasi-experimental design assessed the teamwork training program targeted to resident physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists. METHODS: Participants took part in a simulated cardiac arrest...
September 2016: Clinical Nurse Specialist CNS
Susan C Modesitt, Bethany M Sarosiek, Elisa R Trowbridge, Dana L Redick, Puja M Shah, Robert H Thiele, Mohamed Tiouririne, Traci L Hedrick
OBJECTIVE: To examine implementing an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol for women undergoing major gynecologic surgery at an academic institution and compare surgical outcomes before and after implementation. METHODS: Two ERAS protocols were developed: a full pathway using regional anesthesia for open procedures and a light pathway without regional anesthesia for vaginal and minimally invasive procedures. Enhanced recovery after surgery pathways included extensive preoperative counseling, carbohydrate loading and oral fluids before surgery, multimodal analgesia with avoidance of intravenous opioids, intraoperative goal-directed fluid resuscitation, and immediate postoperative feeding and ambulation...
September 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Daniele Trevisanuto, Giuseppe De Bernardo, Giulia Res, Desiree Sordino, Nicoletta Doglioni, Gary Weiner, Francesco Cavallin
OBJECTIVE: To assess the accuracy of time perception during a simulated complex neonatal resuscitation. STUDY DESIGN: Participants in 5 neonatal resuscitation program courses were directly involved in a complex simulation scenario. They were asked to assume the role of team leader, assistant 1, or assistant 2. At the end of the scenario, each participant completed a questionnaire on perceived time intervals for key resuscitation interventions. During the scenario, actual times were documented by an external observer and video recorded for later review...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
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