Critical care nurses' workload estimates for managing patients during induced hypothermia.

DaiWai M. Olson, Amy P. Kelly, Nicole C. Washam, Suzanne M. Thoyre

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INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to provide an initial foundation for exploring how induced hypothermia impacts nursing workload in an intensive care unit setting. METHODS: This descriptive study used a questionnaire to obtain input from critical care nurses. RESULTS: The results represent 107 returned surveys from 120 surveys distributed to seven different critical care units. Nurses estimate a mean time of 9.27 min (95% CI = 5.63-12.92 min) per shift for each intervention. Nurses indicate that they typically consider employing over 10 interventions to reduce temperature or induce hypothermia (95% CI = 9.67-10.81). CONCLUSIONS: Nurses are open to using a variety of different interventions to manage temperature in critically ill patients. The time required to complete any one intervention varies significantly, but the combination of interventions most certainly has a significant impact on the workload for bedside nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-309
Number of pages5
JournalNursing in critical care
Volume13
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2008

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Critical care nurses' workload estimates for managing patients during induced hypothermia. / Olson, DaiWai M.; Kelly, Amy P.; Washam, Nicole C.; Thoyre, Suzanne M.

In: Nursing in critical care, Vol. 13, No. 6, 11.2008, p. 305-309.

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Olson, DaiWai M. ; Kelly, Amy P. ; Washam, Nicole C. ; Thoyre, Suzanne M. / Critical care nurses' workload estimates for managing patients during induced hypothermia. In: Nursing in critical care. 2008 ; Vol. 13, No. 6. pp. 305-309.
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