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Covid-19 changes to post anaesthesia care unit nursing practices


Stapleton, HJ, Covid-19 changes to post anaesthesia care unit nursing practices, Journal of Perioperative Nursing, 34, (2) pp. 19-21. ISSN 2209-1084 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.26550/2209-1092.1113


The pandemic year of 2020 brought unparalleled and swift changes to health care processes within Australia. All registered nurses in the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU) of a regional tertiary referral hospital had to make changes to routine personal protective equipment (PPE) practice to accommodate a safer environment for both staff and patients. Changes to PPE practices included the addition of heat moisture exchange (HME) filters to laryngeal mask airways (LMAs), and the use of Level 3 surgical masks during aerosolising procedures such as extubation and nebulisation. Changes were also made to the structured handover from anaesthetic nurse to the PACU to increase compliance with PPE practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Stapleton, HJ (Miss Heather Stapleton)
ID Code:146880
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-10-01
Last Modified:2022-11-04
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