Applying Swanson's Theory of Caring to Manage a Patient With Cellulitis

Hsin Yi Haung, Tzu Ying Chiang, Chi Yin Kao

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This case report describes a nursing care experience that applied Swanson's Caring Theory to a patient who was suffering from the rapid progression of cellulitis, which had impaired physical mobility and induced anxiety. The associated health problems, including infection, impaired physical mobility, and anxiety, were affirmed after an integrated physical, psychological, social, and spiritual assessment was conducted during the nursing care period, which lasted between March 8th and March 22nd, 2020. After Applying Swanson's Caring Theory through five caring processes, the therapeutic relationships with the patient and his family members were established and their concerns and care needs were well known. Emotional support was provided through listening and accompaniment. In addition, the patient was encouraged to participate in strength training to improve physical mobility and maintain a positive outlook. In line with this, diaphragmatic breathing, muscle relaxation, shoulder massage, and divided attention were used to reduce anxiety and to assist the patient to face life after discharge positively and optimistically. It is hoped that this case report provides medical staffs with a reference for providing care to patients suffering from cellulitis, physical impairment, and anxiety.
Translated title of the contribution運用Swanson關懷理論於一位蜂窩性組織炎病人之護理經驗
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing


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