Intervenções Paliativas realizadas pelos enfermeiros num Serviço de Urgência aos utentes com doença crónica, incurável e progressiva

Anaísa Braz Serrano, Manuel Luís Capelas

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Introduction: Given the complexity of people’s health / illness situations, the increase in population longevity and the consequent increase in incurable, progressive and advan-ced diseases, the reality of the Emergency Room (ER) is presented to us with an increase in patients with chronic, incurable and progressive disease. The emergency service is in-trinsically linked to critical situations advocated by curative attitudes, we must dedicate equally to the valuation of the need to provide care of a non-exclusively curative nature thus emerge the question that gave the starting point for the realization of this Research - What palliative interventions are performed by nurses in an ER?Objective: To identify the palliative interventions carried out by professionals working in ER.Methodology: qualitative study, exploratory and descriptive in nature, presenting as a target population all the nurses who worked in the emergency departmentFor more than two years and that they did not belong to other services and / or that by rotation they were displaced for the same. The data collection method was performed through the documentary analysis of the nursing notes, using the Bardin content analy-sis technique, defining a priori the users that would focus the analysis of the records, applied with the triangulation of the results obtained by the application Of a Sociode-mographic Questionnaire and a Semistructured Interview Guide.Results: A total of 53 nursing records were analyzed, related to 17 users who came to the ER During the period of one month and 18 nurses who agreed to participate in the study. The results obtained through the triangulation of the data allowed to identify the palliative interventions / actions performed by the nurses, the users with chronic, incura-ble and progressive disease.Conclusions: It was identified that the symptom control regarding pain, comfort measu-res and mention of support to the family are mentioned by the nurses, although in terms of records the latter is not verified.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalCuidados Paliativos
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
EventII Jornadas de Investigação da Associação Portuguesa de Cuidados Paliativos - Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
Duration: 17 Mar 201718 Mar 2017
Conference number: 2


  • Interventions/Palliative actions
  • Emergency service
  • Palliative care

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