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Accuracy of blood loss determination by health care professionals.

Authors
  • Kolb, K S
  • Day, T
  • McCall, W G
Type
Published Article
Journal
CRNA : the clinical forum for nurse anesthetists
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1999
Volume
10
Issue
4
Pages
170–173
Identifiers
PMID: 10723295
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Patients undergoing surgery will likely experience some degree of blood loss. There is much literature examining effects of blood loss, but little was found that examined accuracy of estimation of blood loss. The research question for this study was: How accurate are surgical health care professionals in their estimations of blood loss? This study was a pre-experimental between-subject design that used a convenience sample of 85 volunteers who worked in the surgical and postsurgical units of a rural southern 450-bed hospital. The participants viewed 1 of 3 randomly chosen samples of laparotomy pads with variable amounts of blood and saline. Only the researchers knew the exact amount contained on the pads. The variables that were examined and were compared included the professional group, years of experience in surgery or the postanesthesia care unit (PACU), and their estimation of blood loss. Their estimation of blood loss was compared with the actual amount of blood to determine whether one group was more accurate than another statistically and whether increasing years of experience improved accuracy. The statistical tests used were simple and multiple regressions.

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