Large scale implementation of a respiratory therapist-driven protocol for ventilator weaning.

@article{Ely1999LargeSI,
  title={Large scale implementation of a respiratory therapist-driven protocol for ventilator weaning.},
  author={Eugene Wesley Ely and Pamela Aratukutuku Bennett and David L. Bowton and Sinead Madeleine Murphy and Allison M Florance and Edward F. Haponik},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={159 2},
  pages={
          439-46
        }
}
We prospectively investigated the large-scale implementation of a respiratory-therapist-driven protocol (TDP) that included 117 respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) managing 1,067 patients with respiratory failure over 9,048 patient days of mechanical ventilation. During a 12-mo period, we reintroduced a previously validated protocol that included a daily screen (DS) coupled with spontaneous breathing trials (SBTs) and physician prompt, as a TDP without daily input from a physician or "weaning… CONTINUE READING
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