To be at Unit of Intensive Therapy: patient perception [Abstract in English]

Githânia C. Severo, Nara M. O. Girardon-Perlini


Objective: The characteristics of a unit of intensive
care, the complex and closed environment, the technological
resources, the permanence of critical patients and with risk
of life, beyond rigid and generally inflexible routines
instigated us to know the perceptions of the patients in
relation to its experience when interned in a UTI.

Methodology: descriptive qualitative boarding. To
collect the data we use ourselves the focused interview.
Eight patients had been interviewed who had remained
interned in a UTI, being the interviews carried through
after the high one of the UTI. For analysis of the data the
content analysis, according to steps considered for Minayo
was used.

Resulted/conclusion: In accordance with what it was
displayed by the interviewed ones, we identify two
categories: UTI: an surrounding stranger and of mystery,
in which it identifies the UTI as an unknown place and
little receptive, as synonymous of death and serious illness,
recovery and meeting with the life, and as local of suffering;
e the nursing assistance: “I was taken care of well”,
however... in which if identifies the form as the participants
of the study had perceived the cares of nursing excused they.


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