Vicki S. Barber

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BACKGROUND Delirium is an acute organ dysfunction common amongst patients treated in intensive care units. The associated morbidity and mortality are known to be substantial. Previous surveys have described which screening tools are used to diagnose delirium and which medications are used to treat delirium, but these data are not available for the United(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify modifiable factors that influence relatives' decision to allow organ donation. DESIGN Systematic review. DATA SOURCES Medline, Embase, and CINAHL, without language restriction, searched to April 2008. Review methods Three authors independently assessed the eligibility of the identified studies. We excluded studies that examined(More)
Large numbers of preventable deaths occur in hospitals each year, due to adverse events such as cardiac arrest and unplanned admission into Intensive Care Units (ICUs) from other hospital wards. The majority of these patients exhibit physiological deterioration in their vital signs prior to onset of the adverse event, which can be detected by condition(More)
BACKGROUND Extended follow-up of survivors of ICU treatment has shown many patients suffer long-term physical and psychological consequences that affect their health-related quality of life. The current lack of rigorous longitudinal studies means that the true prevalence of these physical and psychological problems remains undetermined. METHODS/DESIGN The(More)
BACKGROUND The effects of postal questionnaire burden on return rates and answers given are unclear following treatment on an intensive care unit (ICU). We aimed to establish the effects of different postal questionnaire burdens on return rates and answers given. METHODS Design: A parallel group randomised controlled trial. We assigned patients by(More)
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