A law requiring set nurse-to-patient ratios in intensive care units across a US state has not resulted in anticipated improvements in patient welfare, according to a new study.
Some intensive care units may be putting babies and children at risk by not implementing standardised monitoring of breathing, a new survey has highlighted.
There “may be something in the water” at a hospital in Arizona, according to 16 nurses who work in the intensive care unit there and who are all pregnant.
A “circulator” nurse position should be introduced on neurological critical care units to ease pressure on other staff from accompanying patients for screening, according to US nurse researchers.
Improving communication between paramedics, prehospital critical care teams and emergency staff could “enhance” the care and wellbeing of critically ill or injured patients, according to UK studies.
A new test can identify intensive care patients at highest risk of potentially life-threatening secondary infections, including from antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA and C difficile, according to UK researchers.
A quarter of intensive care patients are readmitted to hospital shortly after returning home, of which some are avoidable, according to a UK study.
Overweight and obese people are twice as likely to survive if admitted to hospital for any kind of infectious disease, according to a major new study on the so-called “obesity paradox”.
A new documentary filmed on the paediatric intensive care unit at a children’s hospital is hoping to show the public the complex, but also caring, discussions that occur when clinicians are treating children with life-limiting conditions, according to a nurse involved in the programme.
A low dose of the sedative dexmedetomidine given at night may prevent delirium in critically ill patients, according to Canadian researchers.