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Erschienen in: Wiener klinische Wochenschrift 9-10/2022

27.01.2022 | original article

The Austrian ICU survey

A questionnaire-based evaluation of intensive care medicine in Austria

verfasst von: Christine Schlömmer, Gregor A. Schittek, Jens Meier, Walter Hasibeder, Andreas Valentin, DESA EDIC OA PD Dr. Martin W. Dünser

Erschienen in: Wiener klinische Wochenschrift | Ausgabe 9-10/2022

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Summary

Background

While structures of intensive care medicine in Austria are well defined, data on organisational and medical practice in intensive care units (ICUs) have not been systematically evaluated.

Methods

In this explorative survey, organisational and medical details of ICUs in Austria were collected using an online questionnaire consisting of 147 questions.

Results

Out of 249 registered ICUs 73 (29.3%) responded, 60 were adult, 10 pediatric/neonatal ICUs and 19, 25 and 16 ICUs were located in level I, II and III hospitals, respectively. Of the respondents 89% reported that the ICU director was board-certified in intensive care medicine. Consultants were constantly present in 78% of ICUs during routine working hours and in 45% during nights and weekends. The nurse:bed ratio varied between 1:1 and 1:2 in 74% during day shifts and 60% during night shifts. Routine physiotherapist rounds were reported to take place daily except weekends in 67% of ICUs. Common monitoring techniques were reported to be in routine or occasional use in 85% and 83% of ICUs, respectively. The majority of ICUs provided daily visiting hours ranging between 2–12 h. Waiting rooms for relatives were available in 66% and an electronic documentation system in 66% of ICUs. Written protocols were available in 70% of ICUs.

Conclusion

The Austrian ICU survey suggests that ICUs in Austria are clearly structured, well-organized and well-equipped and have a high nurse:bed ratio. In view of the relatively low return rate we cannot exclude that a selection bias has led to overestimation of the survey findings.
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Metadaten
Titel
The Austrian ICU survey
A questionnaire-based evaluation of intensive care medicine in Austria
verfasst von
Christine Schlömmer
Gregor A. Schittek
Jens Meier
Walter Hasibeder
Andreas Valentin
DESA EDIC OA PD Dr. Martin W. Dünser
Publikationsdatum
27.01.2022
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
Wiener klinische Wochenschrift / Ausgabe 9-10/2022
Print ISSN: 0043-5325
Elektronische ISSN: 1613-7671
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00508-021-02002-x