What psychological support have survivors of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) experienced following discharge from hospital?
Chapter One 1.1 Aims The purpose of this dissertation is to explore relevant literature regarding the support individuals receive when they are discharged from hospital when surviving and outof- hospital cardiac arrest. To determine whether individuals who have survived an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest feel that when they are discharged from hospital whether they are adequately supported by medical professionals and are prepared for life following a cardiac arrest. 1.2 Research Design and Analysis For this dissertation, a phenomenology approach will be used to obtain the relevant information. The research will be semi structured interviews with individuals who have survived an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest to understand their views and experiences. There will be roughly twelve participants interviewed separately to maintain patient confidentially and to ensure ethical standards are met. Participants will be asked to provide written consent and for the interviews to be audio-recorded to enable it to be transcribed later. Once interviews are transcribed, they will be checked member checked to allow for any errors to be changed and then themes will be determined. 4 1.3 Relevance to Practice Cardiac arrests are a serious health illness which is life or death. Experiencing a cardiac arrest is not as common as people may think however the chances of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by by-stander cardiopulmonary resuscitation are very low compared to surviving an in-hospital cardiac arrest. It is a nurse’s role when caring for someone who has survived a cardiac arrest to ensure they are well enough and feel comfortable with being discharged from hospital. Therefore, it is vital that there is more research carried out regarding this issue. 1.4 Keywords Cardiac Arrest, Out of Hospital, Nursing Role, Support, Phenomenology, Ethics