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Nursing care in a high-technologica lenvironment: experiences of critical care nurses
Intensive Care Unit, Sunderby Hospital.
Thoracal Intensive Care Unit, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6244-6401
Number of Authors: 32015 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 31, no 2, p. 116-123Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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SummaryObjectives: Management of technical equipment, such as ventilators, infusion pumps, monitorsand dialysis, makes health care in an intensive care setting more complex. Technology can bedefined as items, machinery and equipment that are connected to knowledge and managementto maximise efficiency. Technology is not only the equipment itself, but also the knowledge ofhow to use it and the ability to convert it into nursing care. The aim of this study is to describecritical care nurses’ experience of performing nursing care in a high technology healthcareenvironment.Research methodology: Qualitative, personal interviews were conducted during 2012 with eightcritical care nurses in the northern part of Sweden. Interview transcripts were analysed usingqualitative content analysis.Findings: Three themes with six categories emerged. The technology was described as a securitythat could facilitate nursing care, but also one that could sometimes present obstacles. Theimportance of using the clinical gaze was highlighted.Conclusion: Nursing care in a high technological environment must be seen as multi-facetedwhen it comes to how it affects CCNs’ experience. The advanced care conducted in an ICU couldnot function without high-tech equipment, nor could care operate without skilled interpersonalinteraction and maintenance of basal nursing. That technology is seen as a major tool andsimultaneously as a barrier to patient-centred care.

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2015. Vol. 31, no 2, p. 116-123
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8430DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2014.07.005ISI: 000353858100008PubMedID: 25442241Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84951065665Local ID: 6f1334f0-11b4-4c2a-b69d-e5b7977382acOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-8430DiVA, id: diva2:981368
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Validerad; 2015; Nivå 2; 20140811 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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