Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Examination of cardio-vascular risk factors in the priority of atrial fibrillation]


APRIL 30, 2017

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2017;30(02)

[Objectives: Stroke-prophylaxis is the biggest question regarding atrial fibrillation. Their aim is to examine the risk factors, successfulness of frequency control, and the effectiveness of anticoagulant therapy. Methods: This quantitative cross-sectional study used a non-randomized sampling method. Enrollment criteria: anticoa-gulant therapy, atrial fibrillation, age 20-90 years, NYHA stage II. Excursion criteria: patients having elective intervention that influences INR rates. Patient data was collected from the records of the University of Pécs, Cardiology Clinic between 01.01.2012-31.12. They used linear regression, T-test, χ2-test, variance analysis (ANOVA), SPSS 20.0. Results: Significant correlation between BMI values-, systolic blood pressure-, modified medication and its effect on frequency control-, correct anticoagulant therapy, INR parameters and the increased risk of thromboembolia in patients with atrial fibrillation. (p<0.05) Conclusion: Stratification of risk factors and individual optimisation of anticoagulant therapy is important for effective stroke prevention and increased survival rate.]


  1. PTE KK Szívgyógyászati Klinika
  2. PTE ETK, Ápolástudományi, Alapozó Egészségtudományi és Védőnői Intézet, Védőnő és Prevenciós Tanszék
  3. PTE Egészségtudományi Kar, Pécsi Képzési Központ, Ápolástudományi, Alapozó Egészségtudományi és Védőnői Intézet



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[The aim of the study: Assess epirubicin contamination during bladder instillation with or without the use of a closed system drug transfer device (CSTD). Material and Methods: Four hospital sites participated in an experimental wipe study (3 used, 1 did not use a CSTD [control]). Samples were frozen and transported to Germany for liquid chromatography analysis. Samples were taken from seven surfaces following drug reconstitution and patient administration. Group differences were analyzed by one way ANOVA. Results: There was a major difference in contamination between CSTD and non-CSTD use (F = 7,63; p < 0,001); the workflow without the use of a CSTD showed much greater amounts of epirubicin left behind. There wasn’t any difference in contamination across sites using a CSTD. Conclusions: Without a CSTD epirubicin contamination was high. The CSTD was shown to be effective to minimize the health risk of nurses. We recommend that CSTD be implemented in routine nursing practice.]

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