Reconsidering the transfer of patients from the intensive care unit to the ward: A case study approach

Wu, Chiung-Jung & Coyer, Fiona M. (2007) Reconsidering the transfer of patients from the intensive care unit to the ward: A case study approach. Nursing and Health Sciences, 9(1), pp. 48-53.

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Evidence indicates that the poorly managed transfer of a patient from the intensive care unit (ICU) to the ward can lead to physical and psychological complications for the patient, and often require ICU readmission and rehospitalization. Reviewing this patient transfer process to improve the quality of care would be a positive step towards enhancing patients' recovery and providing skills to staff. The aim of this paper is to review case studies of transferring ICU patients to general wards in order to identify the shortcomings of this process. A literature review was conducted to evaluate current practices in the ICU transfer process. The results of this paper have clinical implications, suggest approaches to improve support for patients and their carers, and provide strategies to improve the transfer procedure.

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ID Code: 15453
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: case study, clinical, intensive care unit, intensive care unit patients, transfer
DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2007.00294.x
ISSN: 1442-2018
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:37

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