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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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CAVALCANTE, Agueda Maria Ruiz Zimmer et al. The analysis of activities not performed by the nursing team regarding the diagnosis of ineffective breathing pattern in the elderly. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp.604-611. ISSN 0080-6234.

The objective of this cross-sectional, descriptive study was to identify the activities of the Nursing Intervention Classification considered as priorities for an Ineffective Breathing Pattern and not performed for elderly inpatients of a teaching hospital in the state of Goiás. The study participants were 43 nursing professionals, and data collection was performed in the period spanning October to December 2008, after receiving approval from the Ethics Committee. It was observed that among the 67 activities considered to be priorities for the referred diagnosis, only seven were performed by all of the participants; the other activities, with a varied frequency, were not performed, with the main reason cited being that a professional from a different area completed the activity. It is understood that the fact that the nursing staff does not perform these activities can cause lack of complete coverage in nursing care; therefore there is a need for a legal apparatus to describe the activities that comprise professional practice exclusive to nursing personnel and those activities that have an interdisciplinary nature.

Keywords : Aged; Respiratory system; Nursing diagnosis; Nursing care; Classification.

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