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Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2007 Oct;23(5):264-71. Epub 2007 Apr 16.

The use of a daily goals sheet to improve communication in the paediatric intensive care unit.

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  • 1Department of Paediatrics, Division of Paediatric Critical Care Medicine (LMP, NJT), Penn State Children's Hospital, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the impact of the implementation of a daily goals sheet upon nursing perception of communication in an academic, tertiary care paediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

DESIGN:

Prospective, longitudinal, before-and-after intervention surveys.

SETTING:

University affiliated 12-bed PICU.

SUBJECTS:

Bedside nurses.

INTERVENTIONS:

A questionnaire was administered to PICU nurses addressing their perception of communication. Following this questionnaire, the use of a daily goals sheet was instituted. A second questionnaire was administered one year later. Mann-Whitney Rank Sum Test was used to compare differences of the graded outcome variables.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:

The primary outcome was the perception of communication taken from a nursing perspective. Eighty-five percent of nurses felt the daily goals sheet led to improved communication between physicians and nurses in the PICU. All questions related to communication demonstrated a positive influence of the goals sheet, with the perception of the PICU staff working as a team reaching statistical significance (p=0.05). The perception of the care of one surgical service being attending physician directed also significantly improved after the institution of the goals sheet (p=0.04).

CONCLUSION:

The institution of a daily goals sheet led to an improvement in nursing perception of communication. Future studies are required to determine if this change in process has a demonstrable effect on health care outcomes of critically ill children, or whether this tool can have the same beneficial effects in other academic and non-academic PICUs.

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