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ICU Professionals’ Experiences of Caring for Conscious Patients Receiving MVT
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. (Äldre och långvariga hälsoproblem, Older Adults and Long-Term Health Problems)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9423-9378
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Western Journal of Nursing Research, ISSN 0193-9459, E-ISSN 1552-8456, Vol. 37, no 3, 360-375 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the last decade, caring for patients who are conscious while receiving mechanical ventilator treatment has become common in Scandinavian intensive care units. Therefore, this study aimed to describe anesthetists’, nurses’, and nursing assistants’ experiences of caring for such patients. Nine persons were interviewed. A hermeneutic method inspired by Gadamer’s philosophy was used to interpret and analyze the interview text. Staff members found it distressing to witness and be unable to alleviate suffering, leading to ethical conflicts, feelings of powerlessness, and betrayal of the promises made to the patient. They were frustrated about their inability to understand what the patients were trying to say and often turned to colleagues for help. When caring for conscious patients, it takes time to get to know them and establish communication and a trusting relationship.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 37, no 3, 360-375 p.
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hermeneutics, mechanical ventilation, conscious, nurses, relationship
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8887DOI: 10.1177/0193945914523143ISI: 000349102400006PubMedID: 24558056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-8887DiVA: diva2:698108
Available from: 2014-02-20 Created: 2014-02-20 Last updated: 2015-08-28Bibliographically approved

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