Nurse-Managed Ventilator Weaning Protocol Results in Positive Clinical Outcomes

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Abstract

Dr. Chlan reports that she receives grant/research support from the National Institutes of Health.

SYNOPSIS:

Implementation of a nurse-driven protocol for weaning patients resulted in shortened duration of mechanical ventilation, shorter ICU stays, and a higher rate of successful weaning, with ICU physicians reporting a generally positive attitude toward nurses being responsible for protocol-directed weaning.

SOURCE:

Danckers M, et al. Nurse-driven, protocol-directed weaning from mechanical ventilation improves clinical outcomes and is well accepted by intensive care unit physicians. J Crit Care 2012; Dec. 19. [Epub ahead of print.]

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