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Effect of an education program on decreasing catheter-related bloodstream infections in the surgical intensive care unit
Objective The purpose of the study was to determine whether an education initiative aimed at improving central venous catheter insertion and care could decrease the rate of primary bloodstreamExpand
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Heparin or 0.9% sodium chloride to maintain central venous catheter patency: A randomized trial
Objective:To compare heparin (3 mL, 10 units/mL) and 0.9% sodium chloride (NaCl, 10 mL) flush solutions with respect to central venous catheter lumen patency. Design:Single-center, randomized, openExpand
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The impact of bedside behavior on catheter-related bacteremia in the intensive care unit.
HYPOTHESIS The success of an educational program in July 1999 that lowered the catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) rate in our intensive care unit (ICU) 3-fold is correlated withExpand
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Implementation of a mandatory checklist of protocols and objectives improves compliance with a wide range of evidence‐based intensive care unit practices
Objective: To determine a) if a checklist covering a diverse group of intensive care unit protocols and objectives would improve clinician consideration of these domains and b) if improvedExpand
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Efficacy and safety of an insulin infusion protocol in a surgical ICU.
BACKGROUND Hyperglycemia is associated with complications in the surgical intensive care unit. The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of nurse-driven insulin infusionExpand
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Effect of gastrointestinal motility and feeding tube site on aspiration risk in critically ill patients: a review.
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this literature review is to examine the effect of the interaction between gastrointestinal motility and feeding site on the aspiration risk in critically ill, tube-fedExpand
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Chlorhexidine gluconate bathing to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus acquisition.
BACKGROUND Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a virulent organism causing substantial morbidity and mortality in intensive care units. Chlorhexidine gluconate, a topical antisepticExpand
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Evaluation of chemical dot thermometers for measuring body temperature of orally intubated patients.
BACKGROUND Recent research indicates that oral measurement of body temperature is a reliable option in orally intubated patients. In situations such as protective isolation, where dedicatedExpand
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The Impact of a Simple, Low-cost Oral Care Protocol on Ventilator-associated Pneumonia Rates in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a simple low-cost oral care protocol on ventilator-associated pneumonia rates in a surgical intensive care unit. Design:Expand
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Pressure Ulcer Incidence in Patients Wearing Nasal-Oral Versus Full-Face Noninvasive Ventilation Masks.
BACKGROUND Device-related pressure ulcers from noninvasive ventilation masks alter skin integrity and cause patients discomfort. OBJECTIVE To examine the incidence, location, and stage of pressureExpand
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