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Required time for certain intensive care unit procedures

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Critical Care200711 (Suppl 2) :P436

https://doi.org/10.1186/cc5596

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Actual Time
  • Unit Procedure

Introduction

A significant amount of time is spent in an ICU for procedures and the care of critically ill patients.

Methods

We prospectively collected data regarding demographics and time in seconds required for ICU procedures. Time was recorded as the total time (preparation and action, Time A') and actual time (intervention only, Time B').

Results

We investigated 60 patients (43 males) of mean age 53.6 ± 3.3 years, severity of illness APACHE II score = 16.5 ± 0.3, SAPS II = 46.4 ± 0.7 and mean ICU stay of 18.6 ± 2.9 days. The time required for ICU procedures is shown in Table 1.
Table 1

abstract

Procedure

n

Time A'

Time B'

Failure at first attempt (%)

Number of required efforts

Central line placement

120

1,791 ± 52.6

1,023.6 ± 40.3

10.4

2.6 ± 0.3

Arterial line placement

251

491.4 ± 38.5

240.6 ± 26.8

30.4

2.3 ± 0.2

Tracheal tube change

78

910.1 ± 43.7

46.4 ± 4.4

5.5

1.4 ± 0.1

Tracheostomy change

96

565.2 ± 26.8

34.3 ± 2.5

7.1

1.1 ± 7.1

Transfer for CT

76

3,375.5 ± 174.5

1,912.1 ± 87.3

0.0

1.0

Conclusion

A significant amount of time is spent in an ICU for certain procedures. The length of time required is related to complications, failures, physicians' level of training, and presence of assistance. ICU staff personnel should be adequately trained to decrease time, complications and thus the ICU stay and costs.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
KAT Hospital, Athens, Greece
(2)
General Hospital of Attiki 'KAT', Kifissia, Greece

Copyright

© BioMed Central Ltd. 2007

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