Autori: Sibel Kiper

Ustanova zaposlenja: TURKEY

Ključne riječi: Life Story, Nurse-Patient Relation, Mechanical Ventilator, Qualitative Research, Sample Case Study, Intensive Care Experience

Kongres/Simpozij: ”5. Međunarodni kongres HDMSARIST-a” i ”8. Međunarodni kongres WFCCN-a”

Mjesto i vrijeme održavanja: Šibenik, 12.-15. travnja 2012. godine

Introduction and Aim: This research was related to what a nurse who was dependent on mechanical ventilation for 23 days due to a traffic accident experienced as an intensive care patient and to how this experience changed her professional understanding and her life. The aim of the research was to present a new point of view for intensive care treatments.
Tool and Method: While there was not any hope for the nurse’s life, the changes in her feelings and opinions about patient-nurse relation following the intensive care treatment given and the effect of these changes upon her behaviors were presented using qualitative method. Life story technique was used in this sample case study and three in depth interviews were performed at different times.
Findings: Our case came to the hospital with the symptoms of pneumothorax, hemothorax, rupture of the spleen, left mediastinal shift, rib fracture, clavicle fracture, left shoulder fracture and dislocation, two fractures on the right harm (radius, ulna), one fracture on the left harm (ulna) and flail chest and survived after long struggles despite no hopes for her. She was resuscitated three times during her stay at the intensive care unit. Our case suffered not only from physical pains but also from the negative psychological effects coming from the people around. She underwent severe physical pains due to shaking of urinary catheter, poor feeding with nasogastric catheter and carelessness during aspiration and hair-washing and experienced deep psychological pains due to the negative talks of the health care team members about herself because they considered her as if she had been a non living object.
Results and Recommendations: All these painful experiences made her change her opinions about the care given to the patients. It may be recommended that health care team members should behave more carefully while giving care to the patients at the intensive care unit, should provide the necessary explanations about the medical procedures beforehand, should select the sentences more carefully and should show kindness.