Sharon Garretson

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BACKGROUND Nurses are employed in large numbers throughout health care. When their salary cost is considered as a percentage of total salary cost, they are arguably the most costly group of employees. Healthcare facilities have the potential to achieve large financial savings by reducing the number of nurses they employ. However, this may have negative(More)
BACKGROUND Thousands of patients undergo surgical procedures daily. Research has shown the benefits of giving pre-operative information to patients, which include decreased length of stay, less demand for analgesia post-operatively and increased patient satisfaction. However, despite this evidence, there are still many facilities with no formal policy or(More)
A gas chromatographic procedure for the determination of dimethyl sulfoxide in serum, plasma, urine, and CSF is described. Features of the method include simple sample preparation, excellent accuracy, linearity, and precision. Results obtained on patient samples following intravenous administration are presented.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation success rates have not changed in 30 years. Patient outcomes may improve if changes in a patient's condition are addressed at the onset of subtle deteriorations, rather than at the point of cardiac arrest. The rapid response team involves early intervention that demonstrates the ability to decrease cardiac arrest rates and(More)
The arterial catheter is one of the most common monitoring tools available in the intensive care unit. However, as an invasive device it has the potential to cause complications, especially when managed by inexperienced staff. When successfully managed, it can facilitate the high-level care needed by the critically ill patient.
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