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Nursing care of the mechanically ventilated patient: What does the evidence say?: Part two

By Fiona M. Coyer, M K Wheeler, Susan Wetzig and Bronwyn Couchman

Abstract

The care of the mechanically ventilated patient is a fundamental component 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, yet 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 was explored with specific focus on patient safety: particularly patient and equipment assessment. This article, part two, examines the evidence related to the mechanically ventilated patient's comfort: patient position, hygiene, management of stressors (such as communication, sleep disturbance and isolation), pain management and sedation

Topics: 111003 Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care), Mechanical ventilation;, stressors, pain management, sedation management, patient care
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.iccn.2006.08.004
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:33268

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