Journal article

Improving the quality of nurse-influenced patient care in the intensive care unit

Lynsey J Sutton, Rebecca J Jarden

NURSING IN CRITICAL CARE | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Quality of care is a major focus in the intensive care unit (ICU). AIM: To describe a nurse-initiated quality improvement (QI) project that improved the care of critically ill patients in a New Zealand tertiary ICU. DESIGN: A framework for QI was developed and implemented as part of a practice change initiative. METHODS: Audit data were collected, analysed and reported across seven nurse-influenced patient care standards. The seven standards were enteral nutrition delivered within 24 h of admission, timely administration of antibiotics, sedation holds for eligible patients, early mobilization and three pressure ulcer prevention strategies. RESULTS: Comparison of audit data collec..

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