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University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Caring for relatives during end-of-life care in ICU : nurses' experiences (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Intensive care units (ICU) are designed to save lives, but despite that 3500 patients died in Swedish ICUs during 2014. Deaths in ICU are often sudden and unexpected and the relatives have not had time to prepare for the loss of their loved one. The high-tech environment in ICU makes it a challenge for nurses to reconnect the family members with the patient during end-of-life care.Aim: The aim was to describe nurses' experiences of caring for relatives during end-of-life care in ICU.Method: Literature-based study in which seven qualitative research articles are reviewed and analyzed. It has been under Friberg (2012) recommendations for analysis. Results: The nurses strive to provide a good death by encouring the relatives to be present and waiting for them to come to terms with what is happening. The nurses continue to care for the patient and try to adapt the environment to help reconnect the dying patient with his or her loved ones. They provide information to the relatives and try to build good relationships with them and being responsive to their needs. Some factors, for example lack of time and resources, give the nurses a feeling of inadequacy.Conclusion: Nurses in ICU considers caring for relatives as an essential part of their work during end-of-life care and they try to create positive memories for the family members despite the sadness of the situation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 18 p.
Keyword [en]
Bereavement, ICU, intensive care, death, relatives
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9371Local ID: EXO502OAI: diva2:934874
Subject / course
Nursing science
Educational program
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved

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