Intensive care nurses’ perceptions of Inter Specialty Trauma Nursing Rounds to improve trauma patient care—A quality improvement project
Background: Trauma patient management is complex and challenging for nurses in the Intensive Care Unit. One strategy to promote quality and evidence based care may be through utilising specialty nursing experts both internal and externalto the Intensive Care Unitin the form of a nursing round. Inter Specialty Trauma Nursing Rounds have the potentialto improve patient care, collaboration and nurses’ knowledge. Objectives: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to improve trauma patient care and evaluate the nurses perception of improvement. Methods: The project included structured, weekly rounds that were conducted at the bedside. Nursing experts and others collaborated to assess and make changes to trauma patients’ care. The rounds were evaluated to assess the nurse’s perception of improvement. Results: There were 132 trauma patients assessed. A total of 452 changes to patient care occurred. On average, three changes per patient resulted. Changes included nursing management, medical management and wound care. Nursing staff reported an overall improvement of trauma patient care, trauma knowledge, and collaboration with colleagues. Conclusions: Inter Specialty Trauma Nursing Rounds utilizes expert nursing knowledge. They are suggested as an innovative way to address the clinical challenges of caring for trauma patients and are perceived to enhance patient care and nursing knowledge.
Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
Nursing not elsewhere classified