No man’s time. Uno sguardo sull’attesa in Terapia intensiva

Bernegger, Guenda (2013) No man’s time. Uno sguardo sull’attesa in Terapia intensiva. Rivista per le Medical Humanities, 26. pp. 44-58. ISSN 9788877136176

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No man's time. A glance at waiting in the intensive care unit The article (an excerpt from a longer work, so far unpublished), which is the result of a partecipant observation in the service of intensive care at the Regional Hospital of Lugano performed a few years ago, portrays the experience of waiting in an environment of critical care medicine under its manifold aspects. Waiting, experienced by the various people involved, is considered through the theme of time and space, the themes of passivity and action, of forecasting and distraction, of journey, deception, gift and pledge, of presence and witness, absence and transcendence… Which are all components to be found in different proportions in the patient’s, relative’s and caregiver’s experiences: experiences that sometimes converge, and some other times diverge. The description of the experience of waiting is therefore proposed from a phenomenological point of view, which aims – if not to transform practices – at least to provide operators with new images so that they can see things from a different perspective when focusing their attention on such a crucial component of the experience of illness, hospitalization and care, which is rarely taken into consideration.

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