Proper collection of blood cultures are necessary and the most direct method of determining whether or not a patient is septic. The purpose of obtaining blood cultures is to identify and isolate the bacteria that are causing an illness and then determine the best course of treatment based on the sensitivity of the bacteria to particular antibiotics. One of the most frustrating problems plaguing hospitals is the increased rate at which blood culture results are being returned as contaminated specimens. These results can lead to a significant increase in cost to the hospital and patient as well as an increased length in hospital
In this essay, I am going to consider how evidence-based practice can be used to support, justify, legitimate and/or improve clinical practice. I am also going to explore and discuss primary and secondary research evidences about how nursing interventions can potentially improve the quality of life of patients in the community suffering from heart failure. I will gather these evidences using a literature search which I will include an account of. Using a critiquing framework for support, I will appraise both primary and secondary evidences that I have chosen. I will also look at potential non-evidential factors that can influence evidence utilisation in practice. Finally, a conclusion will be drawn.
Evidence-based practice is an approach in the decision making of using the best evidence about the care of a patient.it is an integration of clinical expertise, patient values and the available evidence from ongoing research .taking into consideration internal and external influences, it promotes critical thinking in the application of the evidence in patient care. The impact of EBP has been echoed in the optimal health care, quality of life and clinical outcomes (Mabbott, 2011). Application of EBP in the plan of care has resulted in benefits such as reduced costs, decreased variation in care and nurse satisfaction. The EBP movement is one component essential aimed at transforming the current knowledge into a plan of care decisions to improve
Itroduction: Evidence-based practice is an approach to medicine that uses scientific evidence to determine the best practice (Beyea & Slattery, 2006). As nurses perform their daily tasks they must continually ask themselves, “What is the evidence for this intervention?”. Nurses are well positioned to question current nursing practices and use evidence to make care more effective. In order to improve patients’ outcomes it is the responsibility of the nurse to transition evidence-based practice into the norm, through application of daily practice (Flynn Makic, Rauen, Watson & Will Poteet, 2014). Continual evaluation of current practice must be performed to ensure the use of evidence-based practice opposed to practice based upon tradition. The implementation of evidence-based practice standardizes healthcare practices and diminishes groundless variations within care. These variations lead to the production of uncertain health outcomes (Stevens, 2013).
Venous thromboembolism refers to the formation of a blood clot in a blood vessel. While clots can form in an artery or a vein, this article focuses only on clots that occur in a vein ("," 2015). Critically ill patients are at an increased risk of a venous thromboembolism (VTE) due to VTE can manifest as a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism (PE). Risk factors include venous stasis, vascular injury, and hypercoagulable disorders. A majority of ICU patients carry at least one risk factor for VTE; additional risk factors are considered to have a cumulative effect…it is impossible to predict which patients will experience a
Evidence based Practice allows for there to be a relationship between the care of patients and the best practices available. In order to achieve this relationship EBP combines a few key components in the clinical setting to enhance decision making to provide the best care possible. These key components are:
As mentioned before, my chosen policy priority is childhood obesity, an epidemic with many health issues associated with it. According to Burns, Grove, and Gray (2011), research used as evidence- based practice (EBP) has been implemented in the clinical practice to achieve quality care, efficiency, and positive outcome for patients and healthcare organizations. Furthermore, when EBP is applied to clinical practice it provides description, explanation, prediction and the control of phenomena. To this, Saviñon, Taylor, Canty-Mitchell, and Blood-Siegfried (2012) suggested that nurses can advocate for the children by encouraging parents to provide children with a variety of foods in adequate amounts to support growth and energy play. Furthermore,
In healthcare, evidence based practice (EBP) has grown and become important in providing the best quality care possible to patients. There are numerous ways to collect and use the research in the nursing profession. Studies are constantly being done to help better nursing and all of the healthcare field in order to help patients live better and maintain their health. There are different types of research such as qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative uses the human experience or something that has been lived by someone and quantitative examines for meaning and goes more in depth to research things and strives to test a hypothesis or makes use of statistical data to answer research questions (LoBiondo-Wood
Applying evidenced-based practice has three steps. Step one is making sure the research is creditable. Going into detail about step one should model a social work practice. In a social work practice, you always want to make sure you are looking for clarity and in some cases it helps to paraphrase it or reword it differently. As a social worker you have to be non-judgmental and try to understand every perspective. You have to be unbiased when it comes to wording and how it affects the meaning of the conversation. Also, making sure the research on the surveys or interviews are fair and represent the entire population. The second step is when you match your outcome of the research in your own “practice wisdom." As a social worker you want to compare the research you made with prior experience. You want to have different perspective and information that help you understand the client better. Lastly, the last step is to ask questions to the clients about their significance of what they have accomplished by working with you. Just asking what the client has learned can help
In our research, we have compared three very different tools for ranking evidence based practice methods. Each of these tools could be effectively utilized in any healthcare facility or healthcare organization.
Evidence Based Practice is a principle that is centered on the improvement of patient care and outcomes, by introducing and researching current based evidence when making decisions for that patient. According to Johnston (2016), “Health-care practitioners are increasingly being encouraged to implement research evidence into practice in order to ensure optimal patient outcomes and provide safe, high-quality care”. Throughout the course of this class, whether it be from researching about Evidence Based Practice, or the implementation of nursing care delivery models, patient care and the way we treat our patients is at the forefront of change. We know that change is necessary, now it is just a matter of how to implement that change into the healthcare
Nurses have many responsibilities. Providing safety and the highest quality client care is one of the top priorities. The collective goal for the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) is to educate nurses and future nurses to constantly refine their knowledge, skills and attitude to provide the highest safety and quality to their patients (Cronenwett et al., 2009). Evidenced-based Practice is one of competencies written by QSEN. This is a process which involves the healthcare provider to efficiently and effectively collect appropriate data and research activities to provide optimal healthcare to the patients (Cronenwett et al., 2009).
Utilizing evidence based practice in nursing is paramount today in the always evolving field of nursing. Having the clinical expertise and knowledge of a nurse is just the first step in making decisions for the treatment of a client. Adding the most recent and up to date evidence alongside with the client’s values and preferences is ideal to guiding the process of healthcare (Kelly & Tazbir, 2010). When evidence based guidelines are set forth in the plan of care for a client, the clinician has an abundant of amount of data to make sound decisions on. This allows the nurse to make the best decision or develop the best strategy to deliver care. Evidence based practice also allows