This research proposal identifies strong international evidence to support the use of nurse-directed, protocolised weaning from mechanical ventilation as a safe means of reducing thetime patients spend ventilated. However, what is also evident are a lack of studies todemonstrate that such protocolisation of the weaning process would produce similar results inthe intensive care unit of an Irish hospital. This is of particular importance when oneconsiders the role respiratory therapists play in the care of ventilated patients in othercountries.In light of this, the proposed study intends to bridge that gap by setting out a randomisedcontrolled trial to be conducted in an Irish hospital. The primary aim of this study is todetermine if the introduction of such a protocol could reduce the time patients spenddependent on mechanical ventilation, while the, it is also intended, as a secondary aim, to
determine if the protocol‟s use would lead to an increas
e in ventilator-associated adverseaffects.