Staff's Perception of the Intensive Care Outreach Nurse Role A Multisite Cross-sectional Study

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Williams, Ged
Rotering, Loralee
Samuel, Asha
Du Plessis, Jean
Khaleq, Maher HA Abdel
Crilly, Julia
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2019
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Background: Rapid Response Systems are emerging internationally to provide a patient-focused approach to prevent potentially avoidable deaths and serious adverse events. Local Problem: This study focused on ward nurses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government hospitals who were perceived to lack the confidence and knowledge to detect and/or respond to deteriorating patients. Method: A cross-sectional study design was used to evaluate the Intensive Care Outreach Nurse (ICON) role from the perspectives of the ICONs, their managers/educators, and ward-based physicians and nurses. ICONs are intensive care experienced nurses with additional education in the role of rapid responder to the deteriorating patient. Interventions: An ICON role was implemented across 4 hospitals to respond to and support clinicians in the recognition and management of the deteriorating patient on general inpatient wards. Results: ICON skills perceived as most beneficial by respondents included staff education, respiratory therapy, medication administration, and intravenous access. Conclusions: The ICON role is able to support recognition and management of the deteriorating patients.

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Journal of Nursing Care Quality

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34

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4

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Nursing

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Life Sciences & Biomedicine

clinical deterioration

medical emergency team

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Williams, G; Rotering, L; Samuel, A; Du Plessis, J; Khaleq, MHAA; Crilly, J, Staff's Perception of the Intensive Care Outreach Nurse Role A Multisite Cross-sectional Study, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 2019, 34 (4), pp. 352-357

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