AACN News—August 1998—InfoLink

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Vol. 15, No. 8, AUGUST 1998

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I am seeking information and guidelines on monitoring and setting up quality assurance in a combined ICU/coronary care unit at an eight-bed hospital.
Contact Heidi Hall, RN, ADN, CCRN, 1939 Pine Oak Lane, Isanti, MN 55040; phone, (612) 444-0223.

We have initiated a ventilator-weaning protocol for postoperative patients who are returned to the surgical ICU intubated. This protocol is ordered by a physician, then carried out by Respiratory Care and the patient�s nurse. What advantages or disadvantages have you encountered with nonphysician-directed weaning protocols?
Contact Rick Davies, RN, CCRN, 308 E. St., Apt. 3H, Madison, IN 47250; phone, (812) 273-1682.

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