Nurses’ knowledge regarding nursing surveillance of the septic patient

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Paul H. J. LeBlanc (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Susan Letvak

Abstract: The purpose of this study had two aims. The first was to explore nurses’ knowledge of nursing surveillance related to the septic patient and to describe barriers that prevented the implementation of nursing surveillance. This was a qualitative descriptive design study using focus groups to elicit responses to open ended questions. A total of 28 participants were interviewed in 6 focus groups with each group ranging from 4 to 8 participants per group. All members of the focus groups were registered nurses with a minimum of six months experience having cared for a septic patient. Five themes emerged from the study: 1) Mixed emotions 2) Lack of resources 3) In the dark 4) Lack of partnership/respect 5) Knowledge deficit [a] septic bundle [b] nursing surveillance. Sepsis continues to be a life-threatening condition that stems from an aggressive and dysregulated response to an infection. Sepsis is a leading cause of death in the United States. Despite the vast number of resources to better understand and treat the condition, sepsis continues to be an epidemic. The key to successful treatment of sepsis is the timely and through treatment plan to avoid multiorgan system failure. Nurses must understand and implement nursing surveillance as part of the treatment plan. Unique findings of this study were the notion of fearing the septic patient and knowledge deficits of nursing surveillance and sepsis bundle. The issue of fear of caring for a septic patient and knowledge deficits for nursing surveillance would benefit from further research.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Knowledge deficit, Nursing surveillance, Qualitative study, Sepsis, Sepsis bundle
Septicemia $x Nursing
Septicemia $x Treatment

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