Nurses should be especially aware of an increased risk of anxiety among women being transferring from the intensive care unit to the ward, according to Israeli researchers.
Those with lower social support and longer intensive care unit length of stay are also at higher risk during this period.
Assessments were carried out on 100 patients within 72 hours of them being transferred from intensive care unit to the ward.
The authors said: “We recommend that interventions, especially targeted to these populations, be developed to decrease its prevalence.”
- Brodsky-Israeli M, DeKeyser Ganz F. Risk factors associated with transfer anxiety among patients transferring from the intensive care unit to the ward. Journal of Advanced Nursing (2011) 67: 510-518
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