Comparison of the international Burn Injury Database nurse dependency tool with the Safer Nursing Care Tool: Observational study

Leaver, Jane and Cook, Robert and Dee, Philip and Ejtehadi, H.D. (2021) Comparison of the international Burn Injury Database nurse dependency tool with the Safer Nursing Care Tool: Observational study. International Journal of Nursing Studies Advances, 3. ISSN 2666-142X

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Abstract

Background - Safe and effective nurse staffing is widely recognised as an important issue to ensure quality patient care and reduce mortality. There are many nurse dependency tools described in the literature but no gold standard tool that can be used in all specialities. In burn care there are even fewer burn specific tools and none reported for use in the UK to date. The international Burn Injury Database contains routinely collected information about burn injuries including nurse dependency data which so far has not been reported in the literature.
Objective -This study aimed to confirm whether the international Burn Injury Database nurse dependency tool can be used to measure nurse dependency in burn services.
Methods - Over a two week period, nurses on three burn services scored the nurse dependency of their burn injured patients daily using the international Burn Injury Database nurse dependency tool and Safer Nursing Care Tool. Additionally all the participating nurses were asked to score three fictional case studies using the same two tools to assess inter-rater reliability.
Results - There was a statistically significant positive correlation between the international Burn Injury Database nurse dependency tool and Safer Nursing Care Tool scores (ρ = 0.87, 95% CI = 0.82-0.90). The case study scores showed a similar correlation pattern as the daily comparison recordings. The inter-rater reliability between the participants was comparable for both the international Burn Injury Database nurse dependency tool (α =0.74, CI = 0.71 - 0.77) and the Safer Nursing Care Tool (α =0.79, CI = 0.76 - 0.81). Psychological support variable had the weakest correlation with the nurse dependency tools and the lowest agreement between nurses.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnsa.2020.100018
Date: 5 January 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Burns, international Burn Injury Database, iBID, Nurse dependency, Psychosocial support, Safer Nursing Care Tool.
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Jane Leaver
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2021 09:45
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2021 09:45
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10976

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