Zwischen Himmel und Hölle: Erfahrungen von Eltern mit einem kritisch kranken Kind mit extrakorporaler Membranoxygenierung (ECMO).

Kröger, Yvonne; Stoffel, Gaby; Jeitziner, Marie-Madlen; Bischofberger, Iren; van Holten, Karin (2020). Zwischen Himmel und Hölle: Erfahrungen von Eltern mit einem kritisch kranken Kind mit extrakorporaler Membranoxygenierung (ECMO). Pflege - die wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Pflegeberufe, 33(6), pp. 375-383. Hogrefe 10.1024/1012-5302/a000768

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Between Heaven and Hell: Experiences of parents with a critically ill child with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) - A qualitative-explorative study with couple interviews Abstract.Background: It is a traumatic experience for parents when their child's severe illness necessitates a period of intensive care. This situation becomes even more challenging for parents if a highly technical therapy such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is required. Aim: The study explores the experiences of parents of critically ill children undergoing ECMO therapy with the aim of better understanding their needs and identifying courses of action for healthcare professionals. Method: The qualitative-explorative study was based on interviews with six couples whose critically ill child is or has been receiving ECMO during the last year, which were used to examine their experiences. The analysis of six such interviews was performed using intensive paraphrasing and inductive coding. Results: The parents' situation can be best characterised as ambivalent with simultaneous feelings of hope and fear. They recognize the danger to their child's life, leading to intense feelings of helplessness with strong emotional reactions. It becomes apparent that there is too little fit between the emotional world of the parents and the action patterns of the health care professionals. Conclusions: The health care professionals thinking logic is based on professional criteria, such as the life threat and risks of ECMO, which ignores the emotional needs of the parents. For this reason, it is important to be more sensitive to the parents and to share positive little signs about their child' s state of health and ability to suffer with them.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic of Intensive Care

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Jeitziner, Marie-Madlen


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Jsabelle Arni

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11 Nov 2020 12:04

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27 Nov 2020 01:34

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ECMO Eltern Erfahrung Qualitative Forschung Qualitative research experience parents pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) pädiatrische Intensivstation




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