Grazyna Jastrzab

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BACKGROUND The use of a continuous local anaesthesia infusion after laparotomy may reduce opioid requirements and facilitate earlier return of bowel function, independent mobilization and hospital discharge. METHODS We performed a double-blinded, randomized controlled trial on 55 patients who underwent laparotomy. Patients were randomly allocated to(More)
AIM This study reports on a locally organized model of succession planning in a 550-bed general hospital. BACKGROUND Within healthcare, succession planning has traditionally been considered for people at the executive director level and little research has been published with nurses working at the clinical level. METHOD A succession planning model was(More)
We report the use of breath-activated Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) for the provision of analgesia in a quadriplegic patient with traumatic neck injury. This provided good pain relief, decreased opioid complications, improved perceptions of self-control, smoothed recovery and enhanced patient, family as well as staff satisfaction. The setup and(More)
Univariate and multivariate statistical procedures yielded a model predicting the profile of a ‘knowledgeable nurse’ as of younger age, less experienced, working in critical care, confident in knowledge of pain, holding views which accept that improvement in patient pain relief is needed and holding beliefs which value non-pharmacological nursing(More)
A sample of Australian hospitals was surveyed about their practice preferences in relation to the management of epidural analgesia for postoperative pain. Results indicated substantial variation in practice preference across institutions with respect to observation protocols, epidural analgesia duration, catheter removal where anticoagulant therapy is(More)
Background: The long-term outcomes of patients with chronic pain treated in a multidisciplinary pain management center remain variable. Objective: This study aims to evaluate the changes in outcomes of patient’s self-reported pain, psychosocial status, health related quality of life and gender differences following treatment in amultidisciplinary pain(More)
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