My name is Hama Ngandu. I attended the University of Wolverhampton for my registered nurse training and graduated in 2008. Soon after graduation, I secured employment with The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust as a registered nurse on a respiratory ward based at Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham. During this period of time, I had the opportunity to nurse patients on non invasive ventilation treatment and other respiratory conditions. I then developed an interest specifically in aged patients with acute respiratory failure who were receiving Non Invasive Treatment. The interest developed as a result of a significant number of patients that I witnessed in practice, who were declining or withdrawing from treatment as compared to those who were completing the course of treatment.
I therefore decided to look for a PhD studentship funding that would give me the chance to investigate the reasons behind the declining or withdrawal from NIV treatment by aged patients with acute respiratory failure. I successfully applied for the RCBC PhD Studentship, allowing me to undertake my studies at Cardiff University on a part-time basis starting in October 2012. My working project title is: ‘The perceptions and experiences of aged acute respiratory patients on Non Invasive Ventilation Treatment’.
The aim of the study is to explore the perceptions and experiences of aged patients with acute respiratory failure regarding NIV treatment. The objectives set for this study are to determine the: Opinions with regard to NIV treatment as experienced by the elderly patient with acute respiratory failure; intrinsic factors influencing declining or withdrawal from NIV treatment and extrinsic factors influencing declining or withdrawal from NIV treatment. The study will employ a qualitative approach with a phenomenological design.
Findings from this proposed research would then help in formulating new procedures, strategies or implementations’ aimed at reducing harm through the best quality of non invasive ventilation treatment possible.
These are some ideas at this early stage which would need to be reviewed in the light of the nature of the findings from the project and their relevance to particular constituencies.