[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: to assess patient knowledge of heart failure by home-based measurement of two NOC Nursing Outcomes over a six-month period and correlate mean outcome indicator scores with mean scores of a heart failure Knowledge Questionnaire.
in this before-and-after study, patients with heart failure received four home visits over a six-month period after hospital discharge. At each home visit, nursing interventions were implemented, NOC outcomes were assessed, and the Knowledge Questionnaire was administered.
overall, 23 patients received home visits. Mean indicator scores for the outcome Knowledge: Medication were 2.27±0.14 at home visit 1 and 3.55±0.16 at home visit 4 (P<0.001); and, for the outcome Knowledge: Treatment Regimen, 2.33±0.13 at home visit 1 and 3.59±0.14 at home visit 4 (P<0.001). The correlation between the Knowledge Questionnaire and the Nursing Outcomes Classification scores was strong at home visit 1 (r=0.7, P<0.01), but weak and non significant at visit 4.
the results show improved patient knowledge of heart failure and a strong correlation between Nursing Outcomes Classification indicator scores and Knowledge Questionnaire scores. The NOC Nursing Outcomes proved effective as knowledge assessment measures when compared with the validated instrument.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Elevated risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events is associated with high prevalence of peripheral arterial disease, with assessment through the ankle-brachial index (ABI). This study aimed to demonstrate that the ABI and the Edinburgh Claudication Questionnaire are tools to be used by nurses in prevention and/or treatment of CVD (cardiovascular disease). A cross-sectional study was carried out with patients from a cardiovascular clinic. The Edinburgh Claudication Questionnaire was applied and the ABI was measured with the formula (ABI= Blood Pressure Ankle/Blood Pressure Brachial). A total of 115 patients were included, most were females (57.4%), aged 60.6 ± 12.5 years. The most prevalent risk factors were hypertension (64.3%), physical inactivity (48.7%) and family history (58.3%). The study showed that abnormal ABI was frequently found and 42.6% of the patients with abnormal ABI showed intermittent claudication. The method to evaluate the ABI associated to the Edinburg Claudication Questionnaire, can be easily used by nurses in the clinical evaluation of asymptomatic and symptomatic CVD patients.
Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P 04/2014; 48(2):223-227. DOI:10.1590/S0080-623420140000200004 · 0.45 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Considering that diabetic patients suffering from Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) may or may not have chest pain, this study aimed to compare the presence and intensity of chest pain in AMI between diabetic and non-diabetic patients. We conducted a cross-sectional study that included patients with AMI, aged ≥ 18 years, both sexes. We used a verbal numeric scale for assessing the presence and intensity of pain. The study included 88 patients, of whom 77 (87.5%) non-diabetic patients and 11 (12.5%) diabetics. The pain was present in 11 (100%) of diabetics and in 76 (98.7%) of non-diabetics. The intensity of pain in diabetics was 8.91 versus 8.23 in non-diabetic patients. The study showed similarity in the presence and intensity of chest pain between diabetic and non diabetic patients suffering from AMI.
Revista brasileira de enfermagem 02/2012; 65(1):77-82. DOI:10.1590/S0034-71672012000100011 · 0.25 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: To describe the vascular complications of transradial and transfemoral artery punctures in patients Submitted to percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Methods: Prospective cohort study including patients submitted to PTCA. An interview was performed and an instrument applied to collect risk factors/predictors of complications. After the procedure, a physical examination was performed, vital signs were measured and the puncture site was assessed. Results: 199 patients were included, age 64 +/- 1 0 years. Complications found for the radial and femoral approach were respectively: ecchymosis (18.29%), (17.14%); bruising (17.66%), (14.27%); urinary retention (2.43%), (25.71%); loss of vessel permeability (8.53%), (0%). Conclusion: The complications found were considered minor or secondary, depending on the classification found in literature. A higher rate of vascular complications related to transradial artery punctures compared to the interventions performed by transfemoral approach.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: To classify patients in a hemodynamics healthcare unit, according to the degree of dependence on nursing care. METHODS: Cross-sectional study performed in June/2005 at the Hemodynamics unit of a university hospital. Data were collected during the first hour post-procedure, using Perroca's instrument of patient classification. RESULTS: Among 164 patients, 52% were female, aged 60 ± 14.8 years. The average score of classification was 31.9 ± 4.8, rated as intermediate. As for instrument indicators, patients submitted to gastroenterological procedures presented a significant difference regarding their level of consciousness (P<0.0001); as for motility, patients submitted to cardiologic procedures presented higher dependence scores (P<0.0001); there were no differences for locomotion between the different specialties. CONCLUSION: The dependence profile of patients seen in the hemodynamics unit was considered intermediate. Further studies may add more information when planning the size of hemodynamics units.