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dc.contributor.authorLimpus, Anthonyen_US
dc.contributor.authorChaboyer, Wendyen_US
dc.contributor.editorGavin Leslieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T13:08:28Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T13:08:28Z
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.date.modified2007-03-23T07:24:01Z
dc.identifier.issn10367314en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/6253
dc.description.abstractGraduated compression stockings (CS) are used to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT); however, there is little known about the nursing practices surrounding their use in intensive care units (ICUs). This descriptive survey of adult ICUs in Australia sought to identify the nursing practices associated with the use of CS. A total of 91 (89% response rate) ICUs - 68 (75%) public and 23 (25%) private - responded. CS were used in conjunction with anticoagulants in 88 (97%) units and with sequential compression devices (SCDs) in 48 (53%) units. Knee length CS were used most frequently (n=37, 41%); however, 31 (34%) units used both knee and thigh. Most units (n=80, 95%) allocated new CS for each patient and most (n=72, 79%) allocated one pair of CS per patient. Correct sizing was determined by the use of a tape measure in 74 (88%) of the units. CS were washed by hand in 74 (88%) units. A total of 67 (74%) of the units reported that unit protocol or tradition was a factor in determining CS use, whereas 45 (50%) reported that research evidence was also a factor. These findings suggest that while Australian ICUs are demonstrating best practices in relation to certain CS practices, Australian standards for linen and other manufacturing guidelines and are not being followed. (author abstract)en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCambridge Mediaen_US
dc.publisher.placeAustraliaen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=87064772;res=MEDITEXTen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom53en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto58en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustralian Critical Careen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume16en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode321009en_US
dc.titleThe use of graduated compression stockings in Autralian intensive care units: a national auditen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2003 Cambridge University Press : Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher : This journal is available online - use hypertext links.en_AU
gro.date.issued2003
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