Nursing care of the mechanically ventilated patient: what does the evidence say? Part one.

Couchman, Bronwyn, Wetzig, Susan, Coyer, Fiona M., & Wheeler, M K (2007) Nursing care of the mechanically ventilated patient: what does the evidence say? Part one. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 23(1), pp. 4-14.

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The care of the mechanically ventilated patient is at the core of a nurse's clinical practice in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Published work relating to the numerous nursing issues of the care of the mechanically ventilated patient in the ICU is growing significantly. Literature focuses on patient assessment and management strategies for patient stressors, pain and sedation. Yet this literature is fragmentary by nature. The purpose of this paper is to provide a single comprehensive examination of the evidence related to the care of the mechanically ventilated patient. In part one of this two-part paper, the evidence on nursing care of the mechanically ventilated patient is explored with specific focus on patient safety: particularly patient and equipment assessment. Part two of the paper examines the evidence related to the mechanically ventilated patient's comfort, the patient/family unit, patient position, hygiene, management of stressors, pain management and sedation.

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ID Code: 33266
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mechanical ventilation, pateient safety, competency, nursing skills, evidence based practice
DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2006.08.005
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2010 02:16
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:43

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