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Development and Evaluation of Strategies to Improve Sedation Quality in InTensive Care (DESIST)

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Last updated:20th Jun 2012
Intensive Care Units (ICUs) across Scotland are working with the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) to reduce healthcare associated infections (HAls). This is being done through implementation of "care bundles". Ensuring that ICU patients get the correct amount of sedation (medicine that makes patients sleepy) is part of this bundle, but is proving the most difficult to get right. It's important healthcare staff (nurses and doctors) get sedation levels correct because too much sedation is linked with increased hospital acquired infections (HAIs), longer intensive care (ICU) and hospital stays, and possibly higher death rates. This quality improvement project will develop and introduce three interventions that may improve sedation practice: first, an ICU sedation education package? second, feedback of sedation-related performance data (graphs and charts)? and third, introduction of a CE (Conformit´┐Ż Europ´┐Żenne - With the CE marking on a product, the manufacturer ensures that the product conforms with the essential requirements of European regulations) marked new technology designed to improve sedation management. The investigators will study the effect these interventions, in different combinations, have on sedation management and quality in the participating ICUs. Eight ICUs in Scotland will take part in the project, pairs (2 ICUs) will be assigned randomly to different combinations as follows: 1.Enhanced education alone, 2. Education plus process/outcome measure feedback (graphs and charts), 3. Education plus introduction of a new sedation monitoring technology, or 4. Education,process/outcome measure feedback, and sedation monitoring technology. The investigators will evaluate which combinations of education, feedback, and technology provide the most patient benefit in the NHS. In addition both nursing & medical staff will be observed in clinical practice & interviewed about their clinical practice to increase understanding about sedation management from different view points and inform the education package content. These data will also help implement the findings after the research is completed if a benefit is found.
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Study start date 2012-06-20

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