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    ABSTRACT: Vital signs are indicators of a patient presenting to an emergency department (ED). Abnormal vital signs have been associated with an increased likelihood of admission to the hospital. Physicians have long recognized the importance of vital sign observations, and vital sign measurement has proven to be useful for detecting serious diseases during triage in EDs. The study included all patients with injuries presented to the ED of a general hospital in Greece. For these patients, sex, age, cause of injury, vital signs at the time of admission to ED (systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation), and the course of the patient (admission to hospital, discharge from ED) were recorded. The statistical analysis of data was done by the statistical package SPSS 15. It was performed using univariate regression and Spearman correlation coefficient. A total of 2703 patients were registered, of which 71% were men aged 31.9 ± 0.38 years and 29% were women aged 45.7 ± 0.79 years. The main causes of injury were car accident, motor accident, pedestrian accident, fall from a height, and assault. By logistic regression, the correlation was found between mean blood pressure, systolic blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and hospitalization or discharge of the patients. The measurement of mean blood pressure, systolic blood pressure, and oxygen saturation of the injured patients during the admission to the ED can predict the disease course of patients.
    Critical care nursing quarterly 07/2012; 35(3):292-8.
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    ABSTRACT: This aim of this study was to determine the association between emergency department (ED) boarding time, severity of illness, and outcomes for critically ill patients. This was a prospective cohort study of ED patients who met criteria for admission to the intensive care unit (ICU). Patients were divided into 2 groups: those who spent less than 6 hr in the ED prior to transfer, and those who spent 6 hr or more. The groups were compared on the basis of severity of illness, Glasgow Coma Scale score, presence of fever, admission time, and hospital survival. Factors associated with increased mortality included patients who spent 6 hr or longer in the ED, had a fever, were admitted in the evening or night, or were indirect ICU admissions. Length of time spent in the ED prior to transfer to inpatient care is one of several factors associated with increased mortality in critical care patients who were intubated in the ED.
    Advanced emergency nursing journal 04/2012; 34(2):164-9.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study wa sto develop an instrument for measuring treatment compliance among people with type 2 diabetes and to test the validity and reliability of the Greek version of this questionnaire. The study survey was created by incorporating items from other questionnaires. The Flesch-Kincaid readability level of the instrument was 6.7. The average time required for completion was 8minutes (standard deviation ±4.2minutes). The instrument showed sufficient validity, discriminant ability,reliability and sensitivity to change. The new questionnaire is easy to understand but requires considerable time to complete. It can be used to reliably measure treatment compliance among Greek people with type 2 diabetes.
    Journal of Diabetes Nursing 01/2012; 16(3):100.
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to assess changes in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in multiple trauma patients due to motor vehicle crashes during a follow-up period of 2 years after discharge from an intensive care unit (ICU) and the effect of income and financial cost of rehabilitation in HRQOL. The study was a prospective observational study of multiple trauma patients from January 2009 to January 2011 who were hospitalized in a general, medical, and surgical ICU of a district hospital in Athens, Greece. Eighty-five patients with multiple traumas due to motor vehicle crashes and with an ICU stay of more than 24 hours were included in the study. HRQOL was assessed by a general questionnaire, the EuroQol 5D. Increased monthly household income and absence of traumatic brain injuries were associated with an improved EQ-VAS score. The frequency of severe problems in mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discomfort, and anxiety/depression decreased over time. The financial cost of rehabilitation was initially high but decreased over time. Severely injured victims of motor vehicle crashes suffer from serious problems in terms of HRQOL which is gradually improved even 2 years after hospital discharge. In addition, HRQOL is significantly related to income. Resources used for rehabilitation decrease over time, but even at 24 months, the patients still use half of the amount as compared with the cost of the first 6 months after trauma.
    Journal of trauma nursing: the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses 21(3):115-21.