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Emergency assessments in municipal home care

Lidberg, Anna LU (2017) DSKM20 20172
Department of Health Sciences
Abstract
Fewer hospital beds and an increasing amount of patients with comorbidities calls for more advanced care being performed in the municipal home care. This increases the incidence of acute illnesses needing to be assessed by the nurse in municipal home care. An early and structured assessment is crucial for making correct and efficient decisions about the level of care that the patient needs. This study will focus on how nurses and district nurses in municipal home care perform emergency assessments and explore whether there are differences between registered nurses and district nurses. The research design is a quantitative non-experimental cross sectional survey design. All nurses and specialist nurses in one county in Sweden was asked to... (More)
Fewer hospital beds and an increasing amount of patients with comorbidities calls for more advanced care being performed in the municipal home care. This increases the incidence of acute illnesses needing to be assessed by the nurse in municipal home care. An early and structured assessment is crucial for making correct and efficient decisions about the level of care that the patient needs. This study will focus on how nurses and district nurses in municipal home care perform emergency assessments and explore whether there are differences between registered nurses and district nurses. The research design is a quantitative non-experimental cross sectional survey design. All nurses and specialist nurses in one county in Sweden was asked to fill out a questionnaire. Specialist nurses had longer experience, higher age and conducted emergency assessments more often than nurses. Nurses needed help and support in their emergency assessments more often than specialist nurses. There were no differences between the two groups considering how often they checked vital signs, however some vital signs were checked more often than other. Decision support system was available to the nurses to facilitate the decision on level of care but it wasn’t used to the same extent as it was available. (Less)
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Lidberg, Anna LU
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DSKM20 20172
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Nursing, specialist nursing, emergency assessment, municipal home care, vital signs
language
English
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8928330
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2017-12-20 07:47:13
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  abstract     = {Fewer hospital beds and an increasing amount of patients with comorbidities calls for more advanced care being performed in the municipal home care. This increases the incidence of acute illnesses needing to be assessed by the nurse in municipal home care. An early and structured assessment is crucial for making correct and efficient decisions about the level of care that the patient needs. This study will focus on how nurses and district nurses in municipal home care perform emergency assessments and explore whether there are differences between registered nurses and district nurses. The research design is a quantitative non-experimental cross sectional survey design. All nurses and specialist nurses in one county in Sweden was asked to fill out a questionnaire. Specialist nurses had longer experience, higher age and conducted emergency assessments more often than nurses. Nurses needed help and support in their emergency assessments more often than specialist nurses. There were no differences between the two groups considering how often they checked vital signs, however some vital signs were checked more often than other. Decision support system was available to the nurses to facilitate the decision on level of care but it wasn’t used to the same extent as it was available.},
  author       = {Lidberg, Anna},
  keyword      = {Nursing,specialist nursing,emergency assessment,municipal home care,vital signs},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Emergency assessments in municipal home care},
  year         = {2017},
}