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Ervaringen van patiënten, mantelzorgers en verpleegkundigen met waakstudenten in het UMCG

Prins, T. (Tialda) (2021) Ervaringen van patiënten, mantelzorgers en verpleegkundigen met waakstudenten in het UMCG. thesis, Medicine.

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Introduction Delirium is a common complication in hospitalized elderly patients, and it is often accompanied by restlessness and confusion. Constant observation for these patients can be required to ensure patient safety. To relieve caregivers and nurses when providing constant observation, students are deployed to provide this care for patients in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). The goal of this study was to gain insight into the experiences of patients, caregivers, and nurses who work with students who are constantly observing patients. Participants and methods A qualitative study was conducted, which included semi-structured interviews with a patient, caregivers, and nurses in the UMCG. Through a reflexive thematic analysis, themes emerged. Results Interviews were conducted with one patient, three caregivers, and five nurses. Patients are calmer as a result of the students’ (physical) presence, and physical restraints are rarely used. Caregivers and nurses primarily experience peace of mind because they are not required to provide constant observation and due to the thought that someone is present with the patient who can alarm if necessary. Conclusion Students who provide constant observation for delirious patients provide benefits for patients, caregivers, and nurses. These positive experiences show that the deployment of students who provide constant observation is of added value within the UMCG. This care would be interesting to provide in other healthcare institutions as well, because these students ensure peace of mind for restless patients, are able to pay more attention to the patient, and physical restraints are rarely used.

Item Type: Thesis (UNSPECIFIED)
Supervisor name: Zaag, dr. H.J. van der and Munster, prof. dr. B.C. van
Faculty: Medical Sciences
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2022 09:16
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 09:16

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