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Use of invasive mechanical ventilation in Australian emergency departments

Louise Rose, Marie F Gerdtz



OBJECTIVE: There are few published reports describing the use of invasive mechanical ventilation in EDs. We explored the characteristics of patients receiving mechanical ventilation, the ventilator modes and parameters used as well as the duration of ventilation and the nature of ventilator decision-making in Australian ED. METHODS: We conducted a 2 month prospective survey of adult patients who received invasive mechanical ventilation in 24 Australian ED. Data forms were completed by ED staff during the patient's ED presentation. We documented ventilator settings post intubation, after a 1 h stabilization period, and immediately before ED discharge or extubation. The person responsible for ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The present study was based upon survey results from the EDs of the following Australian hospitals: State of Victoria: The Alfred Hospital, The Angliss Hospital, Bairnsdale Hospital, Ballarat Base Hospital, Bendigo Health, Box Hill Hospital, Central Gippsland Health Service, East Wimmera Health Service, Goulburn Valley Health, Mildura Base Hospital, The Northern Hospital, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital; State of New South Wales: Canterbury Hospital, Manly Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital, The Prince of Wales Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital, Tamworth Hospital, Wollongong Hospital; State of Western Australia: Kalgoorlie Hospital; State of Queensland: Nambour Hospital; State of South Australia: The Royal Adelaide Hospital; State of Tasmania: The Royal Hobart Hospital.The present study was presented at the International Conference of Emergency Medicine, April 2008, San Francisco, CA.Financial support: The present study was supported by a Major Research Grant from the Nurses Board of Victoria. The views expressed in this manuscript do not necessarily represent those of the Nurses Board of Victoria.