The effect of touch on the arterial blood oxygen saturation in agitated patients undergoing mechanical ventilation
Journal of Critical Care Nursing : May 24, 2006,
5 (3); e7059
April 30, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
August 24, 2016
April 23, 2012
A , Nobahar
M, Fakhr Movahedi
A , Mahmoudi
M. et al. The effect of touch on the arterial blood oxygen saturation in agitated patients undergoing mechanical ventilation,
Crit Care Nurs J.
Aims: Patients under mechanical ventilation suffer agitation and lack of
forbearance due to different reasons, which bring about changes in arterial
oxygen saturation. Thus medicinal treatments are often used, which exact
various complications. A touch could be an influential physiologic, nonmedicinal
stimulus in this procedure. Therefore this study conducted to
determine the effect of touch on the level of arterial oxygen saturation in
agitated patients under mechanical ventilation.
Methods: The present study is an Interventional study of an after-and-before
design, which was conducted on 35 patients under mechanical ventilation, who
were hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU). These patients aged from 35
to 60. Sampling was carried out based on simple sampling of patients
hospitalized in general ICU at Day Hospital, Tehran. In the way that in the
intervention group, the nurse touched the patient while standing by him/her.
Then the level of arterial blood oxygen saturation was measured by pulse
oximeter before and after intervention. The achieved results were assessed by
using software SPSS-16 and statistical tests and a significant level of less than
0.05 was accepted.
Results: According to the data analyzing, the difference of the changes in the
arterial oxygen saturation level was significant before and after intervention
(along with touch) (p< 0.001) but while there wasn’t any touch, this difference
wasn’t significant ( p= 0.071
Conclusion: Touch improves the respiratory status and raises the level of
arterial oxygen saturation in patients under mechanical ventilation. Thus it is
recommended non- medicinal measures such as touch be taken in order to
improve the respiratory status of the patients under mechanical ventilation.
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