PATIENTS' PERCEPTIONS ABOUT LIVING WITH PERMANENT CARDIAC PACEMAKERS
Tsami Athanasia, Theoni Theoni, Mamoureli Aggeliki, Staikoglou Stauroula, Papadopoulou Aggeliki
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
- Tsami Athanasia, RN, MSc, University General Hospital of Athens “Laiko"
- Theoni Theoni, RN, MSc, Director of Νursing Services, University General Hospital of Athens “Laiko"
- Mamoureli Aggeliki, Nurse, MSc, Attikon Hospital, Athens
- Staikoglou Stauroula, Head Nurse in Pathological Nursing Sector, University General Hospital of Athens “Laiko"
- Papadopoulou Aggeliki, Head Nurse in Cardiology Department, University General Hospital of Athens “Laiko"
Nurses play an increasingly prominent role in cardiac pacing during both the inpatient and the outpatient phases of care and they may foster positive attitude to this implanted device. Aim: of this research was to explore perceptions of patients living with a permanent cardiac pacemaker dual-chamber (PMs-DDD) aged over 60 years.Material and Methods: The sample of the study consisted of 50 patients with permanent cardiac pacemaker dual-chamber (PMs-DDD) with age ≥ 60 years old. Data was collected by the method of interview using a questionnaire created by researchers to explore patients' perceptions after PMs-DDD implantation. Results:Of the 50 pacemakers recipients enrolled in the study, 35 were men. In terms of demographic characteristics, 33(66.0%) of participants was 60-70 years old, 35(70.0%) had primary education and 26(52.0%) was married. In terms of clinical characteristics in 31(64.6%) co-existed other disease.With respect to patients' perceptions post implantation, it was showed that 31(62.0%) was "enough" informed about the state of their health, 40(80.0%) checked periodically the pacemaker, 29(58.0%) declared that quality of life had improved, 21(42.0%) experienced anxiety about possible malfunction of the device, and 39(78.0%) carried the pacemaker ID card. Finally, 41(82.0%) believed to depend on the device, and 31(62.0%) reported that family supported them to adjust living with permanent pacemaker. Conclusion:The present findings provide insight into patients' perceptions post implantation and may be fundamental when developing interventions that address the needs of people living with permanent cardiac pacemaker.Download PDF