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    Häggström, Marie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.
    Bäckström, Britt
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.
    Organizing Safe Transitions from Intensive Care2014In: Nursing Research and Practice, ISSN 2090-1429, E-ISSN 2090-1437, no Article ID 175314Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. Organizing and performing patient transfers in the continuum of care is part of the work of nurses and other staff of a multiprofessional healthcare team. An understanding of discharge practices is needed in order to ultimate patients’ transfers from high technological intensive care units (ICU) to general wards. Aim. To describe, as experienced by intensive care and general ward staff, what strategies could be used when organizing patient’s care before, during, and after transfer from intensive care. Method. Interviews of 15 participants were conducted, audio-taped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results. The results showed that the categories secure, encourage, and collaborate are strategies used in the three phases of the ICU transitional care process. The main category; a safe, interactive rehabilitation process, illustrated how all strategies were characterized by an intention to create and maintain safety during the process. A three-way interaction was described: between staff and patient/families, between team members and involved units, and between patient/family and environment. Discussion/Conclusions. The findings highlight that ICU transitional care implies critical care rehabilitation. Discharge procedures need to be safe and structured and involve collaboration, encouraging support, optimal timing, early mobilization, and a multidiscipline approach.

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