Nursing Diagnosis for Potential Organ Donors: Accuracy Study

Luciana Nabinger Menna Barreto, Éder Marques Cabral, Marina Raffin Buffon, Juliana Elenice Pereira Mauro, Lisiane Pruinelli, Miriam de Abreu Almeida

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The objective was to analyze the diagnostic accuracy of Impaired physiological balance syndrome in potential brain-dead organ donors. It is a study of diagnostic accuracy. Data was retrospectively collected from 145 medical records through the filling out of an instrument containing 25 indicators of the nursing diagnosis (ND). Descriptive and inferential statistics were used. The prevalence of the ND was 77 (53.1%). The indicator with the best measures of accuracy was altered heart rate. Therefore, it has the best predictive capacity for determining the ND. It was identified that the absence of the indicators altered heart rate, hyperglycemia, and altered blood pressure is associated with the absence of the ND, while the presence of the indicators hyperthermia, hypothermia, and altered heart rhythm is associated with the presence of the ND. Accurate indicators will assist in diagnostic inference and the interventions and results will have greater chances of targeting and effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-68
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number1
Early online dateJun 28 2021
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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  • nursing diagnosis
  • organ transplantation
  • tissue and organ procurement
  • validation studies

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