Sjuksköterskans erfarenheter av mötet med närstående till patienter med hjärtstopp inom den prehospitala sjukvården

by Andersson, Johan; Runsten, Andreas

Abstract (Summary)
The encounter between the nurse and relatives is of great significance within healthcare treatment, not the least in prehospital emergency care. Nurses within the ambulance services will in complicated situations meet chocked relatives of patients with cardiac arrest. The aim of the study is to describe nurses’ experiences of the encounter with relatives of patients with cardiac arrest within the prehospital emergency care.The collection of data was conducted through interviews with eight nurses within the ambulance services. The informants have rendered encounters they’ve had with relatives of patients with cardiac arrest. The interviews were recorded and transcribed. Thereafter a qualitative content analysis was made on the texts, from where three major themes, and a number of sub themes, emerged. The three major themes were “Communicating with relatives”, “Managing relatives’ reactions” and “Acting ethically correct towards relatives”.The result shows that the nurse’s way of communicating affects the encounter. Through a convincing and distinct manner the nurse seeks contact with relatives. This makes it possible to convey calmness to the relatives, and help them comprehend the situation. Sometimes though, relatives can project their grief and despair onto the nurse, who may be accused of not having done enough. It was detected, that relatives may be a second priority in a cardiac arrest-situation where there has only arrived one set of ambulance crew. Through experience the chances to reach a good encounter increases.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Skövde

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:relatives encounter cardiac arrest prehospital ambulance


Date of Publication:11/27/2007

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