Conditions and strategies to meet the challenges imposed by the COVID-19-related visiting restrictions in the intensive care unit: A Scandinavian cross-sectional study

Hanne Irene Jensen*, Eva Åkerman, Ranveig Lind, Hanne Birgit Alfheim, Gro Frivold, Isabell Fridh, Anne Sophie Ågård

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OBJECTIVES: To examine conditions and strategies to meet the challenges imposed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related visiting restrictions in Scandinavian intensive care units.

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY/DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey.

SETTING: Adult intensive care units in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Likert scale responses and free-text comments within six areas: capacity and staffing, visiting policies and access to the unit, information and conferences with relatives, written information, children as relatives and follow-up initiatives.

RESULTS: The overall response rate was 53% (74/140 participating units). All intensive care units had planned for capacity extensions; the majority ranging between 11 and 30 extra beds. From March-June 2020, units had a mean maximum of 9.4 COVID-19 patients simultaneously. Allowing restricted visiting was more common in Denmark (52%) and Norway (61%) than in Sweden where visiting was mostly denied except for dying patients (68%), due to a particular increased number of COVID-19 patients. The restrictions forced nurses to compromise on their usual standards of family care. Numerous models for maintaining contact between relatives and patients were described.

CONCLUSION: Visitation restrictions compromised the quality of family care and entailed dilemmas for healthcare professionals but also spurred initiatives to developing new ways of providing family care.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer103116
TidsskriftIntensive and Critical Care Nursing
Vol/bind68
Antal sider6
ISSN0964-3397
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2022

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