Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Jamaica, West Indies
An evaluation of the process of care of mechanically ventilated patients outside of the Intensive Care Unit at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (Trinidad and Tobago).
Author(s): R. Rambaran* and D. Ventour*
Synopsis: The mortality rate was 50.0% among the patients ventilated in the general wards, 40.9% for the emergency department, 22.2% for the recovery room in the operating theatre. Overall the process of care was better than anticipated, however many aspects of patient care were indeed lacking and much more improvement is required. Background: At the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC), a tertiary hospital in the developing country of Trinidad and Tobago, there has been an increased demand for intensive care. There persists a shortage of ICU beds resulting in the mechanical ventilation of critically ill patients at different wards in a non-ICU setting. Objective: The aim of this study was the evaluation of the morbidity and mortality of these mechanically ventilated patients outside ICU, and assesses their process of care at these locations in hospital. Design: This was a p.. Read More»