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dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Patriciaen_US
dc.contributor.authorSt John, Winsomeen_US
dc.contributor.authorMoyle, Wendyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:22:53Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:22:53Z
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.modified2009-11-13T06:35:26Z
dc.identifier.issn03092402en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2648.2006.03757.xen_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/11222
dc.description.abstractAim. This paper reports a study to describe and interpret the meaning of being on long-term mechanical ventilation. Background. Patients who require mechanical ventilation in a critical care unit for prolonged periods of time are typically sicker than those who are ventilated for shorter periods. Despite advances in treatment modalities for critically ill patients, many still require long-term mechanical ventilation for 7 days or more. Therefore, caring for a long-term ventilated patient is often an everyday occurrence for critical care nurses; however, there is insufficient evidence of the meaning of this experience from a patient perspective. Method. We used an ontological phenomenological approach informed by the ideas of Heidegger. Data were collected using unstructured audio-taped interviews with nine former patients from critical care units unit in Queensland, Australia. The data were collected between January 2000 and December 2001 and analysed thematically using the method developed by van Manen. Findings. Thematic analysis revealed four themes. This paper presents the findings from the theme titled 'existing in an uneveryday world', which revealed what it meant for participants to exist, live through and survive the many physiological and psychological effects arising from their critical illness episode. For the most part, this was an unpleasant and frightening experience that involved bizarre nightmares and inability to distinguish time, place and the familiar body; disagreeable effects from the technology used and patient care activities; and reliance on external agents for survival. In addition, participants reported how they questioned their chances of surviving the critical illness ordeal. Conclusion. There is a need for further research in the areas of sedative and analgesic management in critically ill patients, methods of communicating with intubated and mechanically ventilated patients, and debriefing and follow-up support services for survivors.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltden_US
dc.publisher.placeOxford, UKen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118486802/homeen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom551en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto558en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue5en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Advanced Nursingen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume53en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode321103en_US
dc.titleLong-term mechanical ventilation in a critical care unit: existing in an uneveryday worlden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Nursing and Midwiferyen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at [www.blackwell-synergy.com.]en_AU
gro.date.issued2006
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