n Southern African Journal of Critical Care - Word of mouth goes a long way for critically ill patients : editorial

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-8264
  • E-ISSN: 2078-676X



This edition of the journal looks at the Therapeutic Intervention Scoring System (TISS) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). TISS may be used as an indicator for the severity of illness of critically ill patients and to assess the nursing workload with regard to therapeutic, diagnostic and nursing activities. TISS is also used to determine nurse-to-patient ratios and assess current bed utilisation and need in order to provide optimal and appropriate nursing care.

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