Perception of Pain and Delerium

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Abstract This paper explores one published article that reports research concerning the perception of nurses and physicians communication at night about intensive care patients’ pain, agitation, and delirium. The authors are concerned with the level of accuracy to which interdisciplinary communication occurs in the intensive care unit. Nada Al-Qadheeb et al’s objective is to determine the perceptions of nurses and physicians communication in the intensive care unit at night, as communication between ICU caregivers can often times be complicated by the varying nature of illnesses, frequent assessments, frequent interruptions, and invasive procedures that occur in the ICU. “Ineffective nurse-physician communication in the ICU during the day can compromise patients’ safety, increase length of stay, and boost health care costs” (Al-Qadheeb et al, 2013). The article discusses the “perception” of communication between nurses and physicians at night while maintaining high-quality care to the critically ill patient. Evaluation of such perceptions has not been previously performed. The results of the study “highlights the importance of further qualitative and quantitative investigations on nocturnal ICU communication” (Al-Qadheeb et al, 2013). Further studies on this subject may help to improve nighttime communication between ICU clinicians and continue to impact interventions on outcomes that could improve patient safety, as well as quality of care. Keywords: Perception, communication, nighttime, intensive care unit Ineffective Communication on Night Shift in the Intensive Care Unit Methods and Results The survey was conducted at Tuft’s medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The medical Center is a 320-bed academic facility with 2 medical intensive care units (MICU’s). Prior to initiation of the surveys and investigation,…...

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