Mechanical ventilation is a part of the most frequently used technological treatments in Intensive Care Units (ICU) which facilitates the gas exchange to the lung in impaired breathing situations. However, it is a stressful and frustrating experience for patients. Therefore, the aim of this study is to explore the experiences of mechanical ventilation of patients admitted to ICUs in the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, the Teaching Hospital in Peradeniya and the District General Hospital in Nuwara-Eliya.
The purposive sample of 15 mechanically ventilated patients was recruited for this phenomenological study to collect the data during one month by using semi structured interviews. Data was analyzed by thematic analysis method. A total of 11 sub themes and three main themes were identified. All these themes are reflections of intra personal, extra personal and interpersonal experiences of the patients. The feeling of inner suffering such as pain, dependency, fear and anxiety, thirst, noise level, cold environment and nightmares were identified while on mechanical ventilation. Further, the body intolerances such as feelings of congested secretions, experiences of suctioning, inspiration by ambu and chest physiotherapy were reported. Patients further noted that an inability to speak, diverse way of communication and inability to express feelings as being more stressful and frustrating. Mechanically ventilated patients tolerate many stressors during mechanical ventilation at moderate to high levels of distress. Hence exploring experiences of mechanical ventilated patients can be used to provide them with better care that will reduce their stressors when they are on a ventilator.
Marasinghe MSP, Fonseka WIT, Wanishri PC, Nissanka NKSM, Silva BSSD. An Exploration of Patients’ Experiences of Mechanical Ventilation. OUSL Journal. 2015;9:83–96. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v9i0.7328
Marasinghe, M. S. P., Fonseka, W. I. T., Wanishri, P. C., Nissanka, N. K. S. M., & Silva, B. S. S. D. (2015). An Exploration of Patients’ Experiences of Mechanical Ventilation. OUSL Journal, 9, 83–96. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v9i0.7328
Marasinghe, M. S. P., W. I. T. Fonseka, P. C. Wanishri, N. K. S. M. Nissanka, and B. S. S. De Silva. 2015. An Exploration of Patients’ Experiences of Mechanical Ventilation 9: 83–96. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v9i0.7328