Association between trauma patients' severity and critical care nursing workload in China

Lingli Peng, Lidia Mayner, Honghong Wang

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    Abstract

    The correlation between patients' severity and nursing workload for multiple trauma patients within the first 24h of admission was explored in this study. Multiple trauma adult patients (n=229) admitted in the emergency rescue room of a public hospital in China over a 1 year period were enrolled in this study. The worst values of the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation-II scores and the Nursing Activity Score were collected during the first 24h after admission. The predicted number of registered nurses was calculated for the corresponding severity groups. In the results, one-way ANOVA revealed that the Nursing Activity Score in the seven severity groups differed significantly. The total Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation-II score had a positive correlation with the Nursing Activity Score. The predicted number of registered nurses required was 0.6 for the low group, 0.7 for the moderate group, 1.0 for the severe group, and 1.1 for the extremely severe group. Patients' illness severity is an important indicator of nursing workload, especially in nurse staff allocation within the emergency department.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)528-533
    Number of pages6
    JournalNursing and Health Sciences
    Volume16
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

    Keywords

    • Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation-II
    • Emergency rescue room
    • Multiple trauma
    • Nursing Activity Score
    • Severity

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