Examining the impact of liaison nurse role on patients’ clinical outcomes after intensive care unit discharge: a clinical trial
Journal of Critical Care Nursing : April 03, 2016,
7 (4); e6965
January 30, 2015
Article Type: Research Article
May 10, 2016
December 22, 2014
Z , Ebadi
M. Examining the impact of liaison nurse role on patients’ clinical outcomes after intensive care unit discharge: a clinical trial,
Crit Care Nurs J.
Aims: The liaison nurse role has been defined in many countries for improving the quality of nursing care delivery to patients who are transferred from intensive care units to general medical-surgical wards. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of ICU liaison nurse role on patients’ clinical outcomes after being discharged from intensive care unit.
Methods: In this two-group controlled clinical trial, a convenience sample of 80 patients was drawn in 2014 from selected military hospitals located in Tehran. Patients were randomly allocated to either the control (40 patients) or the experimental groups (40 patients). After being transferred from intensive care unit to general wards, patients in the experimental group received care from a liaison nurse. A data sheet was used for collecting the study data. The validity of the sheet was confirmed by a panel of ten nursing faculties. The Gutmann coefficient of the scale was 0.868 which confirmed the acceptable reliability of the sheet. Study data were analyzed by using the SPSS19 and by conducting the Chi-square and independent-samples t tests.
Results: Hemodynamic and laboratory parameters in the experimental group were not significantly different from the control group (p value>0.05).
Conclusions: Conducting further studies for evaluating different aspects of liaison nurse role is recommended.
Intensive care unit Liaison nurse Hemodynamic parameters Laboratory tests Medical-Surgical ward
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