Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Nursing (Research)

School

School Of Nursing, Midwifery And Postgraduate Medicine

Faculty

Computing, Health And Science

First Advisor

Dr. Leanne Monterosso

Abstract

Endotracheal tube (ETT) suction is a common nursing procedure within the paediatric intensive care (PIC) setting. Significant side effects associated with this procedure can dramatically affect the stability of the critically ill ventilated paediatric patient. A comprehensive literature review failed to establish clear standards for determining when the procedure is warranted, especially in the paediatric population. This can present difficulty for the inexperienced paediatric intensive care nurse when assessing a patient's need for ETT suction. The aim of the research was to design an evidence based endotracheal suction assessment tool (ESAT) for use by nurses caring for paediatric patients. The use of the ESAT aims to improve patient care within paediatric intensive care units by improving nursing practice for patients with an artificial airway in situ.

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Aug 11 2010

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