Critical Care Articles
- The purpose of this study was to measure directly the knowledge and performance of novice and experienced critical care nurses in a simulated task environment.
- Oversedation masks neurologic changes and increases mortality/morbidity, whereas undersedation risks prolonged stress mobilization and patient injury. In situations such as deep sedation/analgesia, the Bispectral Index (BIS) has potential use as an adjunct to clinical assessment of sedation to help determine depth of sedation. Determining the correlation between clinical and BIS measures of sedation will help to determine the correct role of BIS in intensive care unit (ICU) practice settings.
- This study was conducted to investigate the basic needs and communication difficulties of intubated patients in surgical intensive care units (ICUs) and to identify predictors of the basic needs from the patient characteristics and communication difficulties.