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dc.contributor.authorReeve, JC
dc.contributor.authorDavies, N
dc.contributor.authorFreeman, J
dc.contributor.authorO'Donovan, B
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-23T04:12:34Z
dc.date.available2011-08-23T04:12:34Z
dc.date.copyright2007
dc.date.issued2011-08-23
dc.identifier.citationNew Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, vol.35(3), pp.119-125
dc.identifier.issn0303-7193
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/1825
dc.description.abstractNormal saline instillation is used by health professionals during the treatment of intubated patients within the intensive care unit, usually to enhance sputum yield. Its use is controversial; detrimental effects have been documented and evidence of any benefit is limited. Some studies have suggested routine use be discontinued. This study investigates the use of normal saline instillation in the intensive care unit by physiotherapists throughout New Zealand. A purpose-designed postal survey was administered to the senior physiotherapist in all intensive care units in New Zealand (n = 25). A response rate of 76% (n = 19) was obtained. Instillation of normal saline was reported as being practised in 79% (n = 15) of hospital intensive care units; however, physiotherapists reported being involved in this practice in only 58% (n = 11) of cases. Of the respondents who reported never using normal saline instillation (42%, n = 8), the majority based this on the lack of supporting evidence (37%, n = 7). Despite this, normal saline instillation continues to be widely practised in intubated patients in intensive care units in New Zealand.
dc.publisherNew Zealand Society of Physiotherapists
dc.relation.urihttp://www.physiotherapy.org.nz/Folder?Action=View%20File&Folder_id=134&File=35(3)p119-125.pdf
dc.rightsNew Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet.
dc.subjectNormal saline instillation
dc.subjectIntensive care unit
dc.subjectPphysiotherapists
dc.subjectSurvey
dc.titleThe use of normal saline instillation in the intensive care unit by physiotherapists: a survey of practice in New Zealand
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess


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