Mini-posters should include sufficient detail to outline the topic chosen. The following provide structural guidelines for your mini-poster development.
- Introduction (introduction to the topic).
- Discussion (a comprehensive overview of the topic).
- Conclusion (brief concluding statement).
- Relevance statement: a summary in layperson’s terms of no more than 50 words addressing the clinical application or future research directions of the topic. The ideal relevance statement would have two sentences, the first summarising the general significance of the topic, the second suggesting the clinical significance of the topic or future research directions.
For example: In shocked states the gastrointestinal tract is the first regional area to undergo vasoconstriction. The reduced blood flow in this area can contribute to the development of gut dysfunction however strategies to improve gastrointestinal mucosal blood flow have yet to be clearly identified.
The entire mini-poster, including title, author’s name, text references, and relevance statement (and figures and/or tables, if included) must fit onto a single side of an A4 sized sheet of paper with left and right margins of 25mm and top and bottom margins of 20mm. This is equivalent to a text box of 256.5 x 160 mm.
A full list of references is to be included on a separate page.
- Align the title, author’s name, subheadings (Introduction, Discussion, etc.) with the left border.
- Use an indent of 0.5 cm spaces to begin a paragraph in the body text of the poster.
- Do not leave blank lines between paragraphs.
- Leave ONE line between title and author’s name.
- Do not leave a line between each section of the text (i.e. between Introduction, Discussion, Conclusion).
- If figures or tables are included, insert them in the text. Leave enough space around them to avoid confusion with the text. Figures or tables should be numbered and have legends.
- Relevance statement, centred and aligned to the bottom margin, surrounded by a single point (1.0 pt) black border in Times New Roman 10 point font.
Line Spacing and Font Size
- Use single spacing and ensure all elements are in Times New Roman.
- Title 14 point, boldface, uppercase only for the first letter of the first word and no full stop at the end (i.e. sentence case).
- Author’s name, Author’s name should be initials and surname in 12 point, Times New Roman.
- Subheadings (i.e. Introduction, Discussion, Conclusion): 10 point, boldface, Times New Roman.
- Text 10 point, Times New Roman.
- Figures, legends, references, footnotes 9 point, Times New Roman.
- Abbreviations introduced by the authors can be used if they are given in full the first time in the text. System International (SI) units are preferred.
- Generic names of drugs should be used in the text followed in parenthesis by the proprietary name and supplier.
References within the text and reference list are to conform to the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals.
The final reference list should be included as an additional page as an appendix to the mini-poster. For details of referencing format please refer to URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html
Gastric tonometry is a method of assessing gastrointestinal mucosal perfusion and oxygenation, which involves the assessment of the partial pressure of CO2 (PtCO2) generated by the gastric mucosa. Enteral nutrition is the preferred method of nutritional support in the critically ill (1) which is also now understood to assist in preserving the mucosal barrier in the gut (2). In current practice it is commonly recommended that enteral feeding of critically ill patients be withheld to allow monitoring with gastric tonometry (3,4), such a practice appearing to be based on the belief that enteral feeding influences measurements obtained from the gastric tonometer. Withholding feeds though certainly contributes to hypocaloric feeding and hence a conflict in critical care nursing practice is created. (of course your references will be more current than those used in this example)
- ASPEN Board of Directors. Guidelines for the use of enteral and parenteral nutrition in adult and pediatric patients.JPEN. 1993; 17(4):1SA–52SA.
- Reynolds JV, Kanwar S, Welsh FK, Windsor ACJ, Murchan R, Barclay GR,Guillou PJ. Does the route of feeding modify gut barrier function and clinical outcome in patients after major upper gastrointestinal surgery? 1997; 21(4):196–201.
- Marik PE,Lorenzana A. The effect of tube feeding on the measurement of gastric intramucosalpH.Crit Care Med. 1997; 151(4):A84.
- Levy B, Perigault P, Gawalkiewicz, P, Sebire G, Escriva M, Colson P, Wahl D, Frederic M, Bolaert PE,Larcan A. Gastric versus duodenal feeding and gastric tonometric measurements.Crit Care Med. 1998; 26(12):1991–4.
Does the head of elevation (HOB) reduces the incidence of VAP among ICU patients