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Preventing well leg compartment syndrome among patients in the lithotomy position - operating room nurses' perspectives: a qualitative study
Operating department, Västerås Hospital, Västerås, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1543-6512
2023 (English)In: Nursing Open, E-ISSN 2054-1058, Vol. 10, no 10, p. 7092-7101Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To describe operating room nurses' experiences of well leg compartment syndrome and how they work perioperative to prevent it during the lithotomy position.

Design: The study had a qualitative design.

Methods: Focus group interviews were performed with 10 operating room (OR) nurses. The interviews were semi-structured and analysed by qualitative content analysis. The study complied with the Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research (COREQ).

Results: The main theme showed that the OR nurses shoulder duty and responsibility, independently and in the team, but they need more structural support and knowledge. The themes showed that they follow routines whenever possible and take responsibility for positioning; however, they have to balance between flexibility and strict routines. Although they also develop and participate in teamwork, they still need further knowledge.

Conclusion: The severe complication of well leg compartment syndrome (WLCS) can occur when the patient is in the lithotomy position. Maintaining the same routines and paying attention to the WHO's surgical safety checklist were described as actions that could prevent well leg compartment syndrome.

Patient or Public Contribution: No patient or public contribution. We have interviewed nurses but without financial support since the study was performed and supervised within a master programme.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2023. Vol. 10, no 10, p. 7092-7101
Keywords [en]
lithotomy position, OR nurses, prevention, qualitative method, surgery, well leg compartment syndrome
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-213065DOI: 10.1002/nop2.1971PubMedID: 37571958Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85167675664OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-213065DiVA, id: diva2:1790918
Available from: 2023-08-24 Created: 2023-08-24 Last updated: 2024-01-03Bibliographically approved

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