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Relatives' experiences during the next of kin's hospital stay after surviving cardiac arrest and therapeutic hypothermia
Inst. för kirurgiska vetenskaper, Uppsala universitet.
Inst. för kirurgiska vetenskaper, Uppsala universitet.
Inst. för kirurgiska vetenskaper, Uppsala universitet.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing science. Uppsala universitet.
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 353-359Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To describe relatives’ experiences during the next of kin’s hospital stay after surviving a cardiac arrest (CA) treated with hypothermia at an intensive care unit (ICU).

Methods: Twenty relatives were interviewed when the person having suffered the CA was discharged from hospital, 1.5 to 6 weeks post-CA. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Results: Three themes are described: The first period of chaos, Feeling secure in a difficult situation, and Living in a changed existence. Relatives found it difficult to assimilate the medical information and wanted it in written form. They wanted honest and clear information about their next of kin’s condition and prognosis. They lacked rehabilitation plans after discharge from the medical ward. Relatives felt a need to maintain telephone contact with family members and friends, which was time-consuming. They felt guilty and had a conscience about these feelings. Relatives felt uncertain about the future, but still hopeful.

Conclusion: Relatives asked for more information and individual rehabilitation plans. Booklets describing CA, the ICU stay and continuing care and rehabilitation directed at both the patients and their relatives are needed. Follow-up visits to the ICU staff, for both patients and relatives, need to be arranged. Hospitals should consider having a rehabilitation plan for this group of patients, which is presented by a team of healthcare professionals and that focuses on the individual’s situation, including the consequences of their heart disease and brain damage.

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2013. Vol. 12, no 4, p. 353-359
Keywords [en]
cardiac arrest, hypothermia treatment, relatives
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-12662DOI: 10.1177/1474515112459618ISI: 000322243100006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84880875422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-12662DiVA, id: diva2:546706
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