Situational Awareness of Expert Nurses on the Process of Weaning a Ventilator
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The purpose of this study is to elucidate the situational awareness of expert nurses on the process of weaning a ventilator. Participation consent was obtained from expert nurses and novice nurses who had experience weaning a ventilator. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to elucidate what information they pay attention to, and to elucidate how to collect and to assess information on the process of weaning a ventilator. Data were analyzed qualitatively comparing the skills of the 4 experts nurses with the skills of the 4 novices nurses. Expert nurses focused on both body and mental state, while novice nurses mainly focused on the body. Expert nurses judged a patient based on a few days trend. They were careful about not only oxygenation in the lungs but also oxygenation in tissues. They were also concerned that patients knew the current situation properly.
KeywordsSituational awareness Expert nurse Weaning a ventilator
We would like to thank the nurses for participating and for making this study possible. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant JP19K22769.
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