Can Protocolised Weaning Applied in Denmark Transfer to Egyptian Intensive Care Units? A Comparative Study

Lise Hounsgaard, Hala Zaiton, Birthe D. Pedersen, Lorna Campbell, Torben Martinussen, Lis Wagner

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The aim of this study was to investigate whether protocol-directed weaning applied by nurses in the Intensive Care Unit at Odense University Hospital in Denmark (ICUD) can be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Zagazig University Hospital in Egypt (ICUE), where weaning is physician-directed. Patients were randomly assigned to receive either protocol-directed or physician-directed weaning from mechan-ical ventilation the results of the study referred that using protocol guidance, weaned patients from mechanical ventilation more safely and more quickly than in the physician-directed weaning employed at ICUE. This was due both to initiating the weaning process earlier and shortening its duration. ICU length of stay, risk of VAP and hospital mortality rate were lower in the group receiving protocol-directed weaning.
TidsskriftMedical Journal of Cairo University
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)337-342
StatusUdgivet - 2011