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Title: Multidisciplinary team developed and implemented protocols to assist mechanical ventilation weaning: a systematic review of literature.
Epworth Authors: Botti, Mari
Other Authors: White, Vicki
Currey, Judy
Keywords: Critical Care Methods
Evidence Based Nursing
Patient Care Team
Organisational Policy
Ventilator Weaning
Multidisciplinary Teams
Intensive Care Patients
Mechanical Ventilation Weaning
Systematic Review
Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: Apr-2010
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2011 Mar;8(1):51-9.
Abstract: AIM: The aim of this review was to determine if ventilation-weaning protocols developed and implemented by multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) reduced the duration of mechanical ventilation in adult intensive care patients compared to usual care. METHOD: A systematic review was conducted to review published research studies from January 1999 to June 2009 to identify and analyse the best available evidence on MDT-based weaning protocols in adult intensive care patients. All relevant studies based on electronic searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, the Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were included. Where possible data were pooled and a meta-analysis performed. A narrative synthesis of data was conducted to provide a critical appraisal of nonrandomised controlled trials included in the review. RESULTS: Three pre- and postinterventional studies were identified for inclusion in this review. Results show equivocal support for weaning protocols developed and implemented by MDTs for reducing duration of mechanical ventilation. CONCLUSION: Communication and organizational processes must be addressed for multidisciplinary protocols to be effective. Due to methodological limitations of included studies, large randomised controlled trials are required to provide high-level evidence of the effects of MDT-based protocols on duration of mechanical ventilation.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6787.2010.00198.x
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ISSN: 1545-102X
Journal Title: Worldviews of Evidence-Based Nursing
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: The Alfred, Prahran, Victoria, Australia
Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Systematic Reviews
Appears in Collections:Critical Care
Health Administration

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