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Structured Documentation of Home Ventilator Settings in Children: A Quality Improvement Project.

Authors
  • Joyner, Michelle K
  • Afolabi, Folashade C
  • Payne, Tessa L
  • Hueckel, Rémi M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
Volume
31
Issue
1
Pages
111–121
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.05.005
PMID: 27321678
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In children requiring long-term mechanical ventilation (LTMV), insufficient admission charting can lead to adverse events. Our purpose in this study was to create and evaluate a structured documentation tool of home LTMV settings to improve communication, documentation, and patient safety. This study used a pretest-posttest survey of pulmonary unit nurses' satisfaction with the tool and perceptions of patient safety, chart reviews of documentation compliance, and reports of education session attendance. Mann-Whitney U and Fisher exact tests, category analyses, and descriptive statistics were applied. Nurses' reports of positive communication of LTMV settings increased from 54.5% to 100% (p = .002), overall satisfaction with associated documentation increased (p < .001), and witnessed related adverse events decreased from 50% to 18.75%. Nurse compliance for education attendance and documentation was 97.4% and 97.3%, respectively. Structured admission charting of LTMV settings should be continued and yielded improvements in pulmonary unit nurses' perceptions of communication, patient safety, and documentation compliance. Copyright © 2016 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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