Lung recruitment--a nurse and/or physician task. A national survey on requirements for education, regulations and guidelines.
2009 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 25, no 1, 4-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
International and national guidelines on requirements for performing lung recruitment manoeuvres are lacking. This paper presents a nationwide descriptive survey of the occurrence of and conditions for lung recruitment in adult patients treated with mechanical ventilation in intensive care units (ICUs) in Sweden. All ICUs except neurological, cardiac, paediatric and neonatal ICUs were invited (N=73); of these, 60 ICUs participated in the study (82%). The main outcome measures were prevalence of lung recruitment, whether ICU nurses and/or physicians carried out lung recruitment, requirements for nurses to perform lung recruitment and the existence of local guidelines. Lung recruitment was performed at 92% of the ICUs. Only physicians performed lung recruitment at 27 ICUs (49%), and in 28 units (51%) both physicians and nurses performed this treatment. Lung recruitment was performed more often in units where both physicians and nurses performed lung recruitment than in units where only physicians performed the manoeuvres (46% vs. 12%, p=0.03). Further, local guidelines on lung recruitment manoeuvres were more common in units where both physicians and nurses performed this treatment (71% vs. 41%, p=0.02). The results suggest that recommendations of repeated and prompt lung recruitment manoeuvres are better met if nurses, along with physicians, perform lung recruitment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 25, no 1, 4-9 p.
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medical Ethics Nursing Respiratory Medicine and Allergy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-135817DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2008.10.003PubMedID: 19026548OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-135817DiVA: diva2:1083993