The Effect of Increasing Of the Visiting Hours of Patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) In Reducing the Severity of Delirium in Ebne Sina Hospital of Tehran

Marjan Mohammadian, Farnoosh Soltan Mohammadi, Liela Namaky, Tahereh Kiaei, Masoumeh Sattarzade Nikjeh


This study aimed to examine the effect of increasing visiting hours of patients in intensive care units (ICU) in reducing the severity of Delirium in Ebne Sina Hospital of Tehran. This study used a quasi-experimental study with two groups of experimental and control which carried out in the form of pre-test and post-test. The study population was including all patients with delirium hospitalized in ICU1 and ICU2 in Ebne Sina Hospital of Tehran that using an available sampling method, 30 patients hospitalized for delirium were selected as samples. Intervention method was in a way that visiting hours of the studied group (ICU1) was increased and the researcher also visited the studied group two times in a day in the morning and evening that each of them lasted 30 minutes, and psychological examination performed by the researcher. The patient's relatives and friends were asked to talk more with the patient during the visiting and recall the memories with him. The severity of delirium of patients during hospitalization and after moving to the ICU1 and ICU2 was measured by questionnaire of disorder assessment of delirium (MDAS). The obtained data was analyzed using univariate and multivariate analysis of variance tests. The results showed that increasing the visiting hours improved the consciousness, disorientation, and memory impairment in patients with delirium.

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