Improving Communication with Mechanically Ventilated Patients
Princeton, NJ - Each year, more than 800,000 critically ill patients are unable to speak because they are ventilated or using artificial airways. That inability to communicate can lead to anxiety, frustration, and potentially panic, putting those patients at greater risk for preventable adverse events.
A research team funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) developed and tested a program including web-based communications training for nurses, resources to use with patients and bedside teaching rounds provided by a speech pathologist called SPEACS-2 (Study of Patient-Nurse Effectiveness with Assisted Communication Strategies). The program improves nurses’ knowledge of, comfort with and satisfaction communicating with mechanically ventilated patients.
Now the SPEACS-2 communications training program is available online at http://go.osu.edu/speacs. It consists of tools, resources, and six ten-minute interactive learning modules, which include:
Nurses can earn one continuing education credit for completing the program.
For more information, visit: http://go.osu.edu/speacs
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