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Attitudes and perceptions of nurses and doctors to nurse-led and nurse-initiated thrombolysis--an Irish perspective.
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PMID:  15572019     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nurse-led and nurse-initiated thrombolysis are strategies utilised within the United Kingdom to reduce delays for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) requiring thrombolytic therapy. Both strategies have been found to reduce delays significantly. A Reduction in the delays experienced by patients can increase an individual's long-term survival rate. To date, there appears to be no documented research pertaining to nurse-led and nurse-initiated thrombolysis within the Irish arena. AIM: To investigate if the attitudes and perceptions of nurses and doctors are positive to nurse-led and nurse-initiated thrombolysis. METHODS: A quantitative approach employing a comparative descriptive survey design was utilised. A convenience sample of 75 nurses and 28 doctors was obtained. FINDINGS: Highlighted that nurse-led and nurse-initiated thrombolysis are potential roles for coronary care nurses. There was a significant difference of opinion between the two professional groups regarding this initiative, with nurses having higher levels of agreement. Nurses were more willing to undertake nurse-led thrombolysis (91%) as compared to nurse-initiated (74%), with years of experience and education appearing to influence this decision. CONCLUSION: It is suggested nurse-led thrombolysis is the more favourable role to Irish nurses and doctors.
Ursula Chaney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardiovascular nursing : journal of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1474-5151     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-01     Completed Date:  2005-02-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101128793     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-13     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
University of Ulster-Magee Campus, School of Nursing, Northland Rd, Londonderry, BT48 7JL, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Health Care Surveys
Northern Ireland
Nurse's Role*
Nurses* / statistics & numerical data
Physicians* / statistics & numerical data
Statistics, Nonparametric
Thrombolytic Therapy / nursing*

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