Effectiveness of Nursing Interventions to Prevent Dry Eye in Critically Ill Patients

Diego Dias de Araujo, PhD, MSN, RN; Daniel Vinicius Alves Silva; Carolina Amaral Oliveira Rodrigues; Patricia Oliveira Silva; Tamara Goncalves Rezende Macieira, BSN; Tania Couto Machado Chianca, PhD, MSN, RN

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Am J Crit Care. 2019;28(4):299-306. 

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Conclusion

This study showed that artificial tears gel is more effective than liquid artificial tears in the prevention of dry eye in critically ill patients. It is paramount that nurses identify possible risk factors for dry eye when performing a physical examination or reviewing a patient's medical record. In addition, nurses should implement early interventions that can prevent or minimize dry eye as well as complications of this condition that may negatively affect the patient's life. Teaching health professionals how to perform an ocular assessment is an essential measure in the prevention of dry eye in patients admitted to the ICU.

"Artificial tears gel is more effective than liquid artificial tears for preventing dry eye."

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