Impact of hand injury on patients: Psychosocially oriented nurse care

Authors


Ilaria Tocco, Institute of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, University Hospital of Padua, via Giustiniani n. 2, Padua 35128, Italy. Email: toccoilaria@gmail.com

Abstract

Tocco I, Salini E, Bassetto F. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2011; 17: 275–279

Impact of hand injury on patients: Psychosocially oriented nurse care

Psychological and social post-traumatic adjustments consequent to hand injury deeply affect patients' needs. Nurses are the professional figures who, within the surgery, work more closely in terms of frequency and time with patients: a targeted nurse training must be implemented. A systematic review was conducted to assess hand-injured patients nurse care. In total, 335 articles were identified, of which 20 met inclusion criteria. Issues identified included psychological response to hand injury, social implications, nurse's recognition and assessment of psychosocial needs, appropriate intervention. The results show how important it is to train nurses who are well prepared to deal with the psychological status when caring for hand-injured patients, in order to set the most correct psychosocial assistance.

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