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The Healthcare Staffs’ Perception of Parents’ Participation in Critical Incidents at the PICU, a Qualitative Study
Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences. Tumanini University, Tanzania; Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1445-900X
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences. Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4091-3432
2021 (English)In: Nursing Reports, ISSN 2039-439X, E-ISSN 2039-4403, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 680-689Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Internationally, there are very few guidelines regarding how near relations can be taken care of on a children’s intensive care unit. Despite knowledge about the positive effects of parental presence, staff frequently reject parents out of insecurity. This study aimed to investigate health professionals’ understanding of letting parents be present throughout critical situations. A qualitative method with semi-structured interviews was used to answer the aim of his study. Nine persons participated in the study, both physicians and nurses. The result showed that health professionals’ main view is that parents’ presence is positive. However, their presence often has lower priority than the medical focus of the child and the health professionals’ concern of failure. Conclusion: Health professionals have the power to decide if parents can be present in critical situations. Only when a parent demands to be present does that demand beat the decisions made by health professionals. Lack of resources within the team and fear of parents becoming a disturbance or a distraction are cited as the primary reasons not to let parents be present.

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MDPI, 2021. Vol. 11, no 3, p. 680-689
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children intensive care, parental presence, nursing, power relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-4109DOI: 10.3390/nursrep11030064PubMedID: 34968342OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-4109DiVA, id: diva2:1601771
Available from: 2021-10-11 Created: 2021-10-11 Last updated: 2022-01-04Bibliographically approved

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