Evaluation of nonpharmacological nursing practices related to thirst and the thirst of patients in the intensive care unit

Obrazek miniatury
Çelik, Sevim
Şengül, Münevver
Karahan, Elif
Tytuł czasopisma
Tytuł tomu
Publishing Office of the University of Rzeszow
Introduction and aim. Thirst is a significant symptom and stressor among patients in the intensive care unit. The aim of this study is to assess the severity of thirst and associated symptoms experienced by patients in the intensive care unit, and to evaluate the nursing practices related to addressing thirst. Material and methods. This descriptive and correlational study involved a total of 66 patients in the intensive care unit. Severity of thirst experienced by these patients was assessed using a numeric rating scale. The nursing practices related to assessing thirst severity on admission to the unit, on the third day, and on the seventh day were also recorded. Results. Our findings showed a statistically significant increase in the levels of thirst, dry mouth, bad taste and odor in the mouth, as well as sensitivity and dryness in the throat among patients on the seventh day of hospitalization (p<0.05).Among nursing interventions, communication with the patient was the most frequently applied intervention during the seven-day period, with a range of 98.5% to 100%. biochemical control (100%), ventilation of the unit (100%), and temperature regulation (100%) were also frequently applied. Conclusion. The patients had all the symptoms of thirst.The frequency of nursing interventions increased in parallel with the severity of thirst.
The study received ethical approval from the Social and Human Sciences Ethics Committee of the University on 07.01.2022/21.
Słowa kluczowe
intensive care patient , nurse , thirst , nursing practices
European Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine T. 21, z. 3 (2023), s. 458-464