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AIM This paper presents a concept analysis of suboptimal care of the acutely unwell ward patient. BACKGROUND Acutely unwell patients exhibit abnormal vital signs which are either not recognized or are treated inappropriately. This is frequently termed 'suboptimal care'. However, use of the term 'suboptimal care' is ambiguous and not clearly defined.(More)
Transporting the critically ill patient is described within the literature as a high-risk procedure. Both guidelines and minimum standards are available to inform practice. However, a practical, clinically useful, and evidence-based document (tool) for the ICU nurse to use when transporting a critically ill patient was not identified in the literature.(More)
The aims of this article are to provide an up-to-date review of the methodological features and substantive results of published epidemiological surveys of the prevalence of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). This article updates previous reviews (1, 2) with the inclusion of new studies made available since then. The specific questions addressed(More)
BACKGROUND The quality of information exchange between intensive care unit (ICU) and ward nurses, when patients are transferred out of intensive care, is important to the continuity of safe care. AIM This research aimed to explore nurses' experiences of the discharge process from ICU to the ward environment. DESIGN The study was conducted in a New(More)
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