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A Mixed Methods Exploration of ICU Nurses’ Perception of Handling Oxygen Therapy to Critically Ill Patients

A Mixed Methods Exploration of ICU Nurses’ Perception of Handling Oxygen Therapy to Critically Ill Patients

Nurses handle supplementary oxygen to intensive care unit (ICU) patients as part of their daily practice. To secure patients of optimal and safe care, knowledge of nurses’ perception of this practice, including influencing factors for adjusting oxygenation levels is essential. This study aimed to explore intensive care nurses’ perception of handling oxygenation and of factors that govern and influence this practice. A mixed methods approach was applied comprising six focus group interviews, conducted in February/March 2017, leading to construction of a questionnaire distributed to 535 ICU nurses in September 2017. Following a process of content analysis, the findings were discussed against Gittell’s framework for relational coordination. Nurses’ practice of handling supplementary oxygen therapy to the intensive care patient is influenced by day-by-day physician prescribed upper and lower limits for pO2 and pCO2, by nurses’ understanding of the individual clinical patient situation and by knowledge of pros and cons in relation to oxygen therapy including observational and clinical assessment expertise.

CriticalCare.news
January 10, 2019

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