The case for prioritising the improvement of orthopaedic trauma nursing skills in low to middle income countries : a scoping review

Klunder-Rosser, JA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6365-9019 2019, The case for prioritising the improvement of orthopaedic trauma nursing skills in low to middle income countries : a scoping review , in: Royal College of Nursing 2019 International Research Conference, 3-5th September 2019, Sheffield.

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Background: Traumatic orthopaedic injuries are responsible for 5.8 million deaths every year, with 90% occurring in Low to Middle Income Countries. Approximately 6 times as many people are injured due to trauma than those who die of it, and these injuries are associated with significant morbidity and disability. The economic impact for individuals and the countries can be devastating, and skilled nursing care is required to manage and reduce risks of injuries such as open fractures. Nursing is an under-utilised resource in global health, but little research exists into the availability of skilled orthopaedic nurses in Low to Middle Income Countries, or what training in available to support development. Objectives: This scoping review aims to build upon the scarce body of existing research by critically discussing existing work and identifying key areas for future research Methodology: A structured literature search was conducted, searching 3 databases (Medline, CINHAL and SOLAR) with key words and phrases to identify current literature. Results: 11 papers identified to meet the search criteria, but only 4 papers specifically on nursing care. Key themes identified include the need to prioritise nursing education in Low to Middle Income Countries and upskill and utilise the nursing workforce to competently provide care to patients with traumatic injuries within their existing capacity. Conclusions: Significant investment in orthopaedic nursing is needed in Low to Middle Income Countries to reduce morbidity and mortality from traumatic injuries and retain the local workforce, but there is considerable need for more research due to a paucity of existing work.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: RCN 2019 International Research Conference
Publisher: Royal College of Nursing
Depositing User: JA Klunder-Rosser
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2019 09:17
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 11:56
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/53432

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