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Nursing shortage, especially in critical care unit, has become a big concern worldwide.
This study aimed to provide the current states of critical care nursing in Hong Kong.
A literature search was conducted. Findings were narratively summarized.
Hong Kong faces an increasing demands in critical care service. However, the shortage of nursing manpower in ICU imposes challenges to meet such demands as well as the quality of critical care. Hospital authority has implemented various strategies such as the development of practice through Specialty Advisory Group (Critical Care) and Coordinating Committee in Intensive Care to address these issues.
Efforts from all stakeholders are needed to meet the demands and improve the quality of critical care.
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- Go to article: Association of opioid analgesics and sedation with inflammatory markers in critically ill patients: a retrospective descriptive exploratory study
Association of opioid analgesics and sedation with inflammatory markers in critically ill patients: a retrospective descriptive exploratory study
Medical care of critically ill patients is complex and resource intensive. Systemic inflammation is a usual problem among critically ill patients; however, the effects of common medications on inflammation has not been adequately studied.
Aim: To explore associations between sedation and opioid analgesics with common inflammatory markers in critically ill patients treated in intensive care units (ICU).
Methods: This is a retrospective descriptive correlational study. The study was conducted at the ICU of the biggest Cyprus general hospital and involved all patients hospitalized during the year 2013. Purposive sampling was used. Collection of data was carried out through the ICU electronic data.
Results: There is no apparent association of opiate analgesics and suppressants with the CRP.
Conclusion: There was no significant association between the use of opiate analgesics and sedatives and inflammatory indicators. There is a need for further research to investigate potential associations between pharmacotherapy and inflammatory markers in critically ill patients giving emphasis on confounding variables, such as patients’ clinical characteristics and severity.
- Go to article: World Federation of Critical Care Nurses Council Meeting, August 2005, Buenos Aires, Argentina