The Head of the Division of Anaesthesiology Nursing & Intensive Careg of the MUG, Dr. Habil. Wioletta Mędrzycka-Dąbrowska, Assoc. Prof. has been appointed coordinator of the Working Group of the Polish Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Nurses (PTPAiIO). The task of the institution is to develop recommendations and recommendations for Society on various areas of anesthesiology and intensive care nursing, to establish cooperation with various societies, national and provincial consultants, and experts in other fields, and to help solve problems in anesthesiology and intensive care reported by nurses.
– I have been active in the Working Group as a member since 2011. – explains Prof. Mędrzycka-Dąbrowska. – During this period, several very important recommendations were developed by me, which are related to ensuring the safety of the patient in the anesthesiology and intensive care unit. They are currently being implemented in all wards in Poland.
The guidelines prepared by the specialist include oral care in mechanically ventilated patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), protection against damage to the surface of their eyes, and patient safety in anesthesiology practice.
– Great progress has been made in the area of oral care for patients, however, it is not sufficiently implemented in clinical practice in Poland. – explains Prof. Wioletta Mędrzycka-Dąbrowska. – This is most likely due to the lack of professional literature in Polish. Pneumonia is still one of the most common causes of death worldwide.
The flora of the oral cavity and plaque is complex, and the transfer of the microorganisms that form it to the respiratory system can result in respiratory pneumonia. Prophylactic measures taken for periodontal disease and prevention of hospital-acquired infections are important for every patient, regardless of which ward they are in. However, in the case of a patient hospitalized in an intensive care unit, the problem becomes more important. This has to do with the severity of the patient’s condition, as well as the number of diagnostic and treatment steps taken to save lives.
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