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The core of after death in relation to organ donation: A grounded theory study
Lund University, Lund, Sweden / Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, PO Box 1026, SE-551 11 Jönköping, Sweden.
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden / University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden.
Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för hälsa och lärande. Högskolan i Skövde, Forskningsspecialiseringen Hälsa och Lärande. Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Äldre och långvariga hälsoproblem, Older Adults and Long-Term Health Problems).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9423-9378
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2014 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 30, no 5, 275-282 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate how intensive and critical care nurses experience and deal with after death care i.e. the period from notification of a possible braindead person, and thereby a possible organ donor, to the time of post-mortem farewell. Research methodology: Grounded theory, based on Charmaz' framework, was used to explore what characterises the ICU-nurses concerns during the process of after death and how they handle it. Data was collected from open-ended interviews. Findings: The core category: achieving a basis for organ donation through dignified and respectful care of the deceased person and the close relatives highlights the main concern of the 29informants. This concern is categorised into four main areas: safe guarding the dignity of the deceased person, respecting the relatives, dignified and respectful care, enabling a dignified farewell. Conclusion: After death care requires the provision of intense, technical, medical and nursing interventions to enable organ donation from a deceased person. It is achieved by extensive nursing efforts to preserve and safeguard the dignity of and respect for the deceased person and the close relatives, within an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.

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Churchill Livingstone , 2014. Vol. 30, no 5, 275-282 p.
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After death care, Brain death, Grounded theory, Intensive care nurses, Organ donation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10058DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2014.06.002OAI: diva2:1039869
Available from: 2016-10-25 Created: 2016-10-25 Last updated: 2016-10-25Bibliographically approved

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