The experience of sudden cardiac arrest: becoming reawakened to life.
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Albertsdottir, Hildur Rut
Akadottir, Solveig Helga
Gunnarsdottir, Thora Jenny
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CitationEur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2014, 13 (5):429-35
AbstractSudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is an event that has tremendous impact on the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of individuals. Clinical experience and results of various studies indicate that survivors, in addition to having problems related to the underlying disease, have unique needs as a result of the cardiac arrest.
The main purpose of this study was to describe survivors' experiences following SCA and resuscitation in order to gain knowledge of the effect of this experience on the needs and concerns of the survivors.
This qualitative study draws on interpretive phenomenology. The sample was purposive and data were generated through two semi-structured interviews.
Seven men aged 50 to 54 years participated. Participants' experience is reflected in the following themes: feelings of insecurity and the need for support; striving to regain former life; emotional challenges; responding to symptoms; and a new view on life.
The findings illustrate complex effects of the cardiac arrest on the survivor's life. Support after hospital discharge needs to be organized in a more structured fashion. The need for security and support was fundamental and should be addressed with continuity and vigilance in health care.
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RightsArchived with thanks to European journal of cardiovascular nursing : journal of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology
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