Nursing experience of caring for a patient with COVID-19 during isolation

Tsang Ching Hsu, Chia Chien Wu, Pei Yu Lai, Ling Shan Syue, Yi Yin Lai, Nai Ying Ko

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Abstract

The ongoing coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) epidemic continues to have a global impact. This article describes the author’s experience providing nursing care to a female patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning to Taiwan from overseas. During the patient’s period of isolation (February 5th to February 29th, 2020), the author used Roy’s adaptation model to perform first-level holistic physical, psychological, and social nursing assessments and collected health-problem information using face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, and observations via a remote monitoring system. A second level of assessment confirmed that the problems faced by the patient included (1) existing infections related to COVID-19 and (2) anxiety related to uncertainties about disease prognosis, forgiveness from the family, and potential violations of personal privacy by the media. Due to the special nature of the isolation ward, the author used a remote physiological monitoring system to monitor the vital signs, fever, and shortness of breath status of the patient to quickly decrease her physical discomfort and to improve her self-care ability during hospitalization. Environmental cleanliness was strictly maintained to reduce the risk of cross-infection and ensure patient safety. To alleviate patient anxiety, the author established a good therapeutic interpersonal relationship with the patient by making 10–60 minutes of caring calls to her each day, by providing individual care measures, and by using the Internet to play audio and video to teach mindfulness meditation. Caring for COVID-19 cases is a completely new experience. The author hopes that this experience may be used as a reference for caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-119
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun

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  • Nursing(all)

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