Effectiveness of Thirst Bundle on Thirst and Dry Mouth among Patients Admitted in Intensive Care Units

Authors

  • Kapil Sharma1 , Ashish Kumar2

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijonc.v8i1.8606

Abstract

Thirst can be defined as a longing or desire to drink water, not necessarily generated by a physiological need,
but also triggered by habit, taste, dry mouth or throat, the will to consume fluids that provide a sensation
of heating or cooling.1,2Moderate to severe thirst was similarly reported by 70% of 100 ICU patients.20
Prevalence estimates for dry mouth may vary and are dependent on factors such as the nature of the sample
(age, gender, health etc.)3
. A quasi-experimental study by using purposive sampling technique was conducted
on 40 patients admitted in ICUs of tertiary care hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab. Data was collected by using
categorical thirst intensity scale and challecombe clinical oral dryness scale for thirst intensity and dry
mouth. The findings of the study showed that Majority of the patients 14(70%) having very very thirsty
level of thirst intensity among experimental group and 16(80%) of the patients having very thirsty level of
thirst intensity among control group Pre-interventional. Most of the patients 13 (65%) among experimental
group and Maximum of the patients 19 (95%) among control group were having Moderate dryness Preinterventional. More than half of the patients 12(60%) having thirsty level of thirst intensity among
experimental group and Majority of the patients 16(80%) having very thirsty level of thirst intensity among
control group post interventional 20(100%) of the patients were having Mild clinical oral dryness among
experimental group and Maximum of the patients 19(95%) were having Moderate dryness among control
group Post-interventional. Majority of the patients having very very thirsty level of thirst intensity among
the experimental group pre-interventional and post-interventional majority of the patients having thirsty
level of thirst Intensity. Majority of the patients having moderate level of oral dryness, pre-interventional
and all of the patients having mild level of oral dryness post-interventional. Comparison of Thirst intensity
among experimental and control group patients found to be statistically significant. Comparison of oral
dryness among experimental and control group patients found to be statistically significant.

Author Biography

Kapil Sharma1 , Ashish Kumar2

1
Associate Professor, College of Nursing, DMC & Hosptal, Ludhiana, Punjab, 2
Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care,
DMC & Hosptal, Ludhiana, Punjab

Published

2020-01-30