Memories of Delusions in ICU Include Fact, Fiction

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Memories of Delusions in ICU Include Fact, Fiction
Memories of Delusions in ICU Include Fact, Fiction

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Memories of delusions in the intensive care unit are composed of a mixture of fact and fiction, and are not dependent on the presence of delirium, according to a study published online July 26 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Helle Svenningsen, R.N., Ph.D., from the VIA University College in Aarhus, Denmark, and colleagues describe the content of former intensive care unit patients' memories of delusions in a qualitative study using phenomenological hermeneutic analysis inspired by Ricoeur's interpretive theory. Patients were assessed for delirium in the intensive care unit with the Confusion Assessment Method of the Intensive Care Unit. After discharge, memories of delusions were described by 114 of 325 patients using the Intensive Care Unit Memory tool in face-to-face interviews after two weeks and in telephone interviews after two and six months.

The researchers identified four themes: the ever-present family, dynamic spaces, surviving challenges, and constant motion. Memories of delusions were a mix of fact and fiction, demonstrating shifts in time, place, and motion. Delusions were not dependent on the presence of delirium, as assessed by the Confusion Assessment Method of the Intensive Care Unit.

"Understanding patients' memories of delusions is beneficial to nurses caring for patients [who] are anxious, upset, or agitated," the authors write. "We recommend the provision of nurse-led intensive care unit follow-up enabling patients to describe and discuss their intensive care unit experiences."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

RSNA: Sleep Deprivation Appears to Affect Heart Function

RSNA: Sleep Deprivation Appears to Affect Heart Function

Small study finds lack of sleep affects blood pressure, heart rate in healthy volunteers

Three Low-Carb Meals a Day Can Lower Insulin Resistance

Three Low-Carb Meals a Day Can Lower Insulin ...

However, pre-meal exercising not helpful in reducing evening blood glucose levels

Augmented Reality, Gaming May Help Relieve Phantom Limb Pain

Augmented Reality, Gaming May Help Relieve Phantom Limb ...

Study finds exercising virtual limb can cut pain by as much as half

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »