Operationssjukvården i ett förändrat klimat - en kvalitativ intervjustudie om operationssjuksköterskors upplevelser av att arbeta med hållbar utveckling.
Sammanfattning: Background: Climate change poses a threat to public health. Health care, which aims to promote health, contributes to a negative impact on the climate. The surgical ward is one of the most resource-intensive units in a hospital, which causes a negative impact on the environment due to its large use of materials and production of waste. The profession as a theatre nurse includes promoting a sustainable development in the operating room, but also to ensure patient safety as well as having an overall responsibility for aseptic and infection prevention work in the perioperative care.Aim: To describe operation theatre nurses' experiences of working with sustainable development.Method: A qualitative interview study was conducted with seven theatre nurses representing three different surgical wards at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. The interviews were semi-structured and data was analyzed using content analysis.Results: Two categories were revealed from the analysis: barriers to sustainable development and opportunities for sustainable development. The findings show that there is an awareness and will among theater nurses to work for a better climate and sustainable development. Decisions within the organization are important for changes to take place. Knowledge and professional experience contributed to an increased environmental awareness. Patient safety was seen as most important and superior to climate and sustainable work.Conclusion: The theatre nurses' willingness to work sustainable for the environment often means taking a stand against their infection-prevention work for the patient's safety. Patient safety is always considered to be of highest priority towards the environment.
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