Impact Of Wounds In The Assistance To Basic Human Needs In Intensive Care

  • Jocelly de Araújo Ferreira Docente da Universidade Federal de Campina Grande
  • Nayda Babel Alves de Lima Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, UFRN
  • Glenda Agra Federal University of João Pessoa, UFPB
  • Priscilla Tereza Lopes de Souza Hospital da Restauração/ International University Center, UNINTER
  • Cecilia Jéssica Azevedo da Silva Federal University of Campina Grande, UFCG
  • Gabriela Medeiros Martins Integrated Faculty of Patos, IFP


Objective: to understand the impact of soft tissue injuries in the provision of assistance to Basic Human Needs of customers by the nursing staff in the Adult Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Pernambuco, Brazil.

Methodology: this is a descriptive study with quantitative character, performed with 104 nurses in December 2015. A questionnaire drawn from Wanda Horta's theory was used for data collection.

Results: the most judicious care provided by the multidisciplinary team (81.7%) and the establishment of bond between professionals and clients (57.7%) were found to be the main positive effects. However, negative effects were outstanding, indicated by increased hospital stay (86.5%) and feeling of anxiety (72.1%). Despite the interference of lesions, body care (86%), communication (63.3%), and religiosity/spirituality (43.3%) needs were referred to as met.

Conclusion: the presence of wounds represents a difficulty to meet needs, although they bring some positive impact on the client. However, while recognizing the importance of valuing the customer subjectivity, this aspect is not yet addressed with proper attention.

Keywords: Intensive Care Unit; Injuries; Nursing Care; Basic needs.


Apr 14, 2017
How to Cite
FERREIRA, Jocelly de Araújo et al. Impact Of Wounds In The Assistance To Basic Human Needs In Intensive Care. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, apr. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 may 2017. doi: