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Our study aimed to understand the characteristics of ventilator dependence in patients at a respiratory care center and the potential effects of physical therapy on ventilator weaning and patients' functional status. Prospective data collection consisted of the following: (1) demographic data, including name, gender, age, diagnosis, the Acute Physiology and(More)
Respiratory care centers (RCCs) provide effective care for patients who have been in intensive care and have undergone prolonged mechanical ventilation. Between February 2002 and December 2005, 891 patients who met the admission criteria of RCCs were referred to our RCC at Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital in southern Taiwan for attempted weaning. We(More)
There have been contradictory reports suggesting that CO(2) may constrict, dilate, or have no effect on pulmonary vessels. Permissive hypercapnia has become a widely adopted ventilatory technique used to avoid ventilator-induced lung injury, particularly in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). On the other hand, respiratory alkalosis(More)
BACKGROUND Many hospitals have reformed hospital policies and changed nursing models to cope with shortages in nursing staff and control medical costs. However, the nursing skill mix model that most successfully achieves both cost effectiveness and quality care has yet to be determined. AIM The aim of this study was to explore the impact of different(More)
AIM To examine the impact of application of different nursing staffing models on patient safety, quality of care and nursing costs. BACKGROUND One proposed means of addressing the staff shortage while decreasing nursing costs is the application of nursing staffing models. However, the optimal proportion of registered nurses to nurse aides remains unclear.(More)
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS is a manageable infectious disease by the effectiveness of highly active antiretroviral therapy. AIDS-related stigma and conflict may create distress and deteriorate quality of life (QoL) of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). This cross-sectional, descriptive, correlational study using structural questionnaires(More)
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