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Advanced airway management and drug-assisted intubation skills in an advanced critical care practitioner team

The ACCP team has developed over an 8-year period within a conglomerate of three district general hospitals (Heartlands, Goodhope and Solihull hospitals, HGS) comprising 26 critical care beds. The...

Service evaluation of a COVID-19 critical care orientation programme

Critical care areas faced particular challenges during the pandemic (Anandaciva, 2020). In the early stages of the pandemic, recognising the need to increase the nursing workforce, many hospitals...

Evaluating a psychological support service focused on the needs of critical care and theatres staff in the first wave of COVID-19

Research from previous pandemics has shown that working with additional pressures has both a physical and psychological impact on healthcare workers. For example, about 10% of those working in health...

Estimating the time point for nutritional failure in patients suffering from acute brain attacks in the intensive care unit

This study aimed to estimate the time point where the development of nutritional failure and feeding-related complications are more likely among critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients...

Evaluation of the safety of inter-hospital transfers of critically ill patients led by advanced critical care practitioners

An ACCP-led transfer service has replaced an ad hoc process of transfer, with one of a consistent team combined with a process of training, governance and continual review. Data collection has allowed...

Central venous pressure monitoring in critical care settings

The Frank-Starling law states that the force or tension developed in a muscle fibre depends on the extent to which it is stretched..

A Guide to the Gut Microbiome and its Relevance to Critical Care

If abnormalities in the gut microbiome may be a risk factor for —or directly contribute to—particular diseases, then attempting to alter the gut microbiome back to a ‘normal’ state may be an...

The development of critical care nursing education in Zambia

The purpose of this activity was for key stakeholders to review and validate the current Advanced Diploma in Critical Care Nursing and to prepare a framework for a bachelor degree-level critical care...

Factors influencing sleep quality among Jordanian intensive care patients

The general purpose of this study was to investigate the demographic and environmental factors that might adversely affect the patients' quality of sleep. The hypotheses were: patients' demographic...

What are the challenges for nurses when providing end-of-life care in intensive care units?

A comprehensive literature search was conducted between March and July 2018. Key words and synonyms (end of life care, terminal care, nurses, challenges, delivering, provision, quality care, acute...

Does oral care with chlorhexidine reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in mechanically ventilated adults?

The combination of chlorhexidine and tooth brushing have been investigated; clinical trials have shown that a reduction in dental plaque, which acts as host to intra-oral colonising bacteria, also...

Strategies used to cope with stress by emergency and critical care nurses

Table 2 provides the validity and reliability estimates for the component scales of Folkman and Lazarus's Ways of Coping questionnaire. In terms of validity, the instrument was modified...

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