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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2006;12(4):316-325.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2006.12.4.316   
Development of a Critical Pathway for Patients with Uterine Artery Embolization
Kyung Hee Chung, Young Sook Ko, Jeong Ah Lim
1Department of Nursing, Science, Nambu University, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Kwangyang Health College, Korea.
3Muan Public Silver Hospital, 165 Sungdong-ri Muan-town Muan-county, Chonnam, Korea. pigangel8871@hanmail.net
The purpose of this study was to develop a Critical Pathway for Uterine Artery Embolization patients. METHOD: There were 6 steps that were taken. Step 1 was selecting a diagnosis, and Step 2 was organizing a development team consisting of 7 experts. Step 3 analyzed the medical records, and Step 4 drew up a preliminary Critical Pathway. Step 5 tested the clinical validity of the preliminary Critical Pathway, and Step 6 developed the final Critical Pathway. RESULT: The contents of the medical practices observed in the medical records were investigated in seven areas: monitoring/assessment, treatment, medication, diet, activity, consults, and education/discharge plan; and a total of 73 items was identified. The validity of the 73 items was examined by a group of specialists. 68 items were adopted, 4 items revised, 1 item removed, and 1 item was added. Using the results, a preliminary Critical Pathway was drawn up. According to the results from examining the clinical validity of the preliminary Critical Pathway with five patients for five weeks, 3 items which showed discrepancy were revised and another 3 items were added. Then, the final Critical Pathway was completed.
This Critical Pathway needs to be clinically applied and continuously to measure its effects in terms of the length of stay, cost?effectiveness, and the patients' and staffs' satisfaction.
Key Words: Critical pathway; Uterine artery embolization

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