Ward nurses' evaluation of critical care outreach

Annette Richardson, Valerie Burnand, Heather Colley, Catherine Coulter
Nursing in Critical Care 2004, 9 (1): 28-33
Following the recommendation to introduce critical care outreach, two different models on two hospital sites were introduced within a large teaching Trust. To establish ward nurses' views and opinions of important components of the two outreach models, a questionnaire survey was undertaken involving 134 ward nurses on the awareness of outreach, accessibility of outreach and usage of outreach. The results identified a high level of user satisfaction amongst ward nurses. Awareness of critical care outreach and how to access the service within a hospital site was good, with little differences between the two different models. Outreach was found to provide ward nurses with better skills, more knowledge, advice and support. Providing a 24-h service and continual critical care education and training opportunities are the suggested ways to improve outreach in the future.

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