Examining of the Impacts of the Healing Environment on Intensive Care Patients: Spring with You


KOL E., BOZ İ., Özdemir S., Güçlü A., Kavla M., ERDOĞAN A.

1. st INTERNATIONAL and 3rd NATIONAL CONGRESS ON COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES AND SUPPORTIVE CARE PRACTICES, Antalya, Turkey, 24 - 26 November 2016, pp.287

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.287
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Introduction: Watson’ Human Caring Theory is emphasizes that the healing environment is very important with regard to a holistic approach. The purpose of this study was investigated the effects of the healing environment on intensive care patient.
Material and Methods: This quasi-experimental study was conducted in Akdeniz University Hospital the Thoracic Surgery Intensive Care Unit between the April-October 2016 with 20 patients. Primarily, the healing environment has been created. Three presentations between 3 to 5 minutes were created by researchers with using the spring, the sea and the forest themes pictures taken by them and covering classical music with appropriate themes. Also, aromatherapy odors have been used. The patients preferred presentations has started with after two hours of extubation and the passing of the effects of the anesthesia. The patient's blood pressure, pulse, respiration values, behavioral and verbal pain scale scores were measured.
Results: Half of the sample was female and previously hospitalized in the intensive care unit. Before watching the presentation, average systolic blood pressure of patients was found 135±16 mmHg, after the presentation it was found 120±16 mmHg. Similarly, the average pulse of patients before watching the presentation was found as a 90±10/min, while after the presentation it was found 70±13/min. There was a statistically significant difference in systolic blood pressure and pulse before and after the presentations (respectively, p=0.001 and p=0.002). After watching the presentation, behavioral pain scores of patients was found 2.5±0.8 while during breathing exercises with the presentation it was found 1.8±0.9. Also, the verbal pain scores of patients were decreased. The decrease in both pain scores were found to be statistically significant (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Healing environment was created the positive and desirable changes with vital symptoms and pain levels of intensive care patients. The creation and using of healing environment is recommended for nurses.