The transfer of patients from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a general ward can present several challenges for nurses. Such patients are at high risk of adverse outcomes, including readmission to the ICU, and increased nosocomial infections and mortality, with a resultant increase in hospital costs. This article explores the challenges of transferring patients from the ICU and uses evidence to examine ways to address them to ensure optimal care for a complex patient group. Transfer time, factors affecting general ward care, handover processes, recognition of deterioration and education, intensive care outreach, and the psychological factors affecting these patients are examined.
Nursing Standard. 32, 10, 45-51. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10670Correspondence
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Received: 22 August 2016
Accepted: 20 March 2017