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Relatives' experiences of visiting a conscious, mechanically ventilated patient-A hermeneutic study.

Författare och institution:
Veronika Karlsson (Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa); Anna Forsberg (Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa); Ingegerd Bergbom (Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och hälsa)
Publicerad i:
Intensive & critical care nursing : the official journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses, 26 ( 2 ) s. 91-100
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
BACKGROUND: In recent years, light or no sedation has become a common approach to invasive mechanical ventilation in patients with respiratory distress. The experience of visiting a conscious patient receiving mechanical ventilation in the ICU has to our knowledge not yet been investigated. AIM: The aim of the study was to describe the meaning attributed by relatives to their experiences of meeting, seeing and communicating with a patient cared for on a mechanical ventilator while conscious. METHOD: This study used a prospective, exploratory design comprising interviews with ten relatives conducted on two occasions; in connection with their visits to a patient cared for on a ventilator while conscious and approximately a week after the end of intensive care. The data were analysed by means of hermeneutic interpretation to obtain a deeper understanding of relatives' experiences. RESULTS: Striving to achieve contact with the patient was the most important aspect of being a close relative of a patient receiving ventilator treatment while conscious and was described by four main themes: feeling ambivalent towards consciousness; feeling ambivalent towards sedation; feeling dependent on the carer and being disappointed; and suppressing own suffering and sadness. CONCLUSION: The patients' consciousness enabled the relatives to judge their condition for themselves and enter into contact. This resulted in a sense of being in control but also efforts to suppress own suffering.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Hälsovetenskaper ->
Adaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Attitude to Health, Consciousness, Family, Family Relations, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Nonverbal Communication, Respiration, Artificial, Visitors to Patients
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2011-01-20 08:56
Posten ändrad:
2011-01-20 09:59

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