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BACKGROUND Central venous catheters are used frequently in the intensive care unit (ICU). However, there is an associated morbidity, mortality and cost derived from their infectious and mechanical complications. The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) has developed a multi faceted care bundle, with the aim of reducing catheter-related blood stream(More)
We examined the accuracy of preoperative assessment in predicting postoperative pulmonary risk in a prospective cohort of 272 consecutive patients referred for evaluation before nonthoracic surgery. Outcomes were assessed by an independent investigator who was blinded to the preoperative data. There were 22 (8%) postoperative pulmonary complications.(More)
Explaining anomalous responses to treatment in the intensive care unit. Abstract. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides treatment to critically ill patients. When a patient does not respond as expected to such treatment it can be challenging for clinicians, especially junior clinicians, as they may not have the relevant experience to understand the(More)
Care bundles promote delivery of effective care and improve patient outcomes. The understanding of how to improve delivery of care bundles is incomplete. The Scottish Patient Safety Programme is a national collaborative with the aim of improving the delivery of care to patients in acute hospitals in Scotland. Critical care is one of five workstreams in the(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this exploratory evaluation was to understand the impact of critical care survivorship on caregivers. DESIGN Family members who attended a quality improvement initiative within our critical care unit were asked to complete 4 questionnaires. SETTING The setting for this study was a 20-bedded mixed critical care unit in a large(More)