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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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MADUREIRA, Cátia Romano; VEIGA, Kátia  and  SANT'ANA, Ana Flávia Mota. Management of technology in Intensive Care Units . Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2000, vol.8, n.6, pp.68-75. ISSN 1518-8345.

The lives of hospitalized patients depend on diagnostic-therapeutic procedures and on the care provided by the health team. It also depends on the quality and availability of factors such as: physical structure and material and human and financial resources. The need to optimize these resources and re-establish patients' health has brought about the Intensive Care Units (ICU), whose design must consider the physical environment and clinical equipment which are indispensable in health care. Aiming at identifying the level of knowledge of health professionals as to technical and operational information in equipment manuals and the perception of the interviewed professionals in relation to the adequacy of the physical and electrical installations of such units, we conducted a descriptive study in an ICU of a public hospital in Salvador, Brazil. The results show that such installations were considered to be unsuitable for the safe development of activities and that most of the health team members did not know the technical or operational specifications in the equipment manuals.

Keywords : management; research in nursing administration; health care quality.

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