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Nursing Care of ICU Patients Lightly Sedated with Dexmedetomidine
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6244-6401
Intensive Care Unit, Gällivare Hospital.
Intensive Care Unit 57, Sunderby Hospital.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Medical Science.
Number of Authors: 4
2016 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Intensive Care and Medicine, Vol. 1, p. 5-13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Intensive care patients are often in need of sedation to endure being intubated. Lightsedation is increasingly common since it has been proved to offer benefi ts such as faster recovery to patients.Aim: The aim of this study was to describe critical care nurses’ experiences of nursing patients lightlysedated with dexmedetomidine.Research Methodology: Qualitative personal interviews were conducted during 2015 with 10 critical carenurses in Sweden. Interview transcripts were analysed using inductive qualitative thematic analysis.Results: Light sedation of the patient facilitated communication and interaction with him or her, and therelationship between the patient and his or her family members. Dexmedetomidine was described as a fairlynew drug, and the critical care nurses stated that they needed more knowledge about it and about sedationscales in order to learn more about the drug’s mechanism of action and its potential side effects on patients.Conclusion: It is important to critical care nurses to learn more about dexmedetomidine and about sedationscales to assess levels of sedation, as light sedation has been shown to benefi t the patient as opposed to deepsedation that can increase recovery time.

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2016. Vol. 1, p. 5-13
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-61280OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-61280DiVA, id: diva2:1060698
Available from: 2016-12-29 Created: 2016-12-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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