How nursing scrums can save lives
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A nursing scrum can save a life.
That’s what the team at the Institute of Nursing & Allied Health Research at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, says.
The study, published in the Journal of Nursing Management and delivered in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Nurses, found that when patients are treated with a nursing scramp, the amount of oxygen released is about 25 percent lower than when patients received oxygen from an IV.
It also found that the average time patients were awake after receiving oxygen from a scramp was significantly shorter.
“There’s not a lot of literature that has looked at this, and it’s something that’s really relevant to nursing homes,” said senior author and nursing professor Jennifer Foy, PhD, RN, of the Institute.
The research was conducted using a small number of patients and patients treated with oxygen.
Foy is a member of the research team that led the first study on the impact of nursing scramps in the U.S. in 2007.
The other researchers were Robert T. Kowalski, PhD; James M. Sperry, PhD and James H. Smith, PhD. A sample of nurses, a nurse practitioner, and a paramedic all worked with a group of patients in a nursing home.
The nurses and patients worked together on the same tasks and were given oxygen as they needed it.
Foyer said that while there are a few other factors that may contribute to an increased rate of resuscitation, the difference in oxygen delivered by the nurses was significant.
“We’ve found that, when we put patients in the scramp and the scramps themselves are oxygen free, we can save the life of a patient,” she said.
Foys team also found the patients that received oxygen were less likely to have a cardiac event, including a stroke, heart attack or heart failure.
That could mean that patients who are already being treated in the hospital will be more likely to survive, she said, because their heart rate will be lower.
The average oxygen delivered from a nurse scramp in a hospital was about 23 percent lower when compared to when a person was being treated with IV oxygen, and the average oxygen delivery from a paramedo was about 19 percent lower.
“It’s really exciting that we’ve found a benefit for people that have been doing this for a long time,” Foy said.
“I think this really speaks to the importance of nursing home systems, because it means that we can do it for these patients in nursing homes.”
She said that in the past, nurses were often put in a situation where they couldn’t work on the bedside of the patient, or they had to stay with the patient until their oxygen levels were met.
She said this was because of the time they had been spending with patients and nursing homes, and how many times they had seen the patient and how they needed to respond.
The patients in Foy’s study were able to stay in the same room as the nurses, even after they received oxygen.
“So it’s kind of a lifesaver, especially for older patients,” Foys said.
She added that if a nursing staff member had a stroke or had a heart attack, the nurse would go into the room with the patients.
She believes that in nursing home settings, nurses have an important role to play in managing oxygen delivery.
“They need to be there for these people, and they have to stay here until they get to their [recovery], because we can’t have the oxygen going through their bloodstream without their oxygen,” she explained.
Foothill College in Los Angeles, Calif., has the highest number of nurses in the United States, according to the Institute for Healthcare Quality and Innovation.
A nursing staff of one is responsible for the care of 2,200 patients at the school.
A nurse practitioner and paramedic were present during the study, and all staff members had to provide care to the patients in their care.
In addition, the school was asked to provide oxygen masks to each of the staff members during the trial.
Fondling with oxygen The researchers did not know how many nurses were involved in the study.
Foyle said that if it was an emergency, she would have wanted a larger sample size.
The researchers found that nurses and staff were more likely than paramedic and nurse practitioners to respond to patients in distress.
They also found evidence of an increased risk of cardiac arrest and a lower likelihood of having a stroke.
A greater number of oxygen mask recipients and higher rate of CPR resuscitation were also associated with a decreased risk of having an incident of heart attack.
“This is an important study,” said Foy.
“Nurses are very important, but we have to recognize that it’s important for them to be doing what we’re doing.
We’re not doing it for everybody.”
Foy and Kowalskis team are now planning to test other nursing scrumes for oxygen delivery in nursing care settings in the future.
“Our hope is to see if the nursing scrume can also be
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