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MALELELO-NDOU, Hulisani; RAMATHUBA, Dorah U.  and  NETSHISAULU, Khathutshelo G.. Challenges experienced by health care professionals working in resource-poor intensive care settings in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Curationis [online]. 2019, vol.42, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2223-6279.

BACKGROUND: Providing optimal care to critically ill patients poses challenges in resource-poor settings because of the lack of equipment, inadequately trained personnel and limited infrastructure. OBJECTIVES: This study explored challenges experienced by health care professionals working in resource-poor intensive care units. METHOD: A qualitative, explorative, descriptive design was used. The population comprised nurses and doctors working in an intensive care unit of one hospital in the Limpopo province of South Africa. A purposive sample was selected and 17 semi-structured interviews were conducted. Data were analysed using Tesch's method. Ethical considerations were adhered to. RESULTS: Participants experienced challenges related to provision of suboptimal patient care, the challenge of non-adherence to protocols and/or instructions and the challenge of practising beyond the scope of practice. CONCLUSION: Lack of resources resulted in providing suboptimal intensive patient care. Patients were prone to infections and their safety might be compromised.

Keywords : health care professionals; intensive care units; critically ill patients; resource-poor intensive care units.

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