Background: Stressors in intensive care units are defined as physiological and environmental. Aim of this study is the determination of the experiences that patients have been through and factors which affect these experiences.
Methodology: This study which was done in definitive and sectional pattern and its universe was composed of 198 volunteered patients who stayed in surgery, internal diseases and coronary intensive care units at least 24 hours and later transferred the related service and volunteered for the study. Research data was collected with Patient Information Form which consists of socio-demographic informations and Intensive Care Experience Scale (ICES). In the analysis of data, frequency, percentage, arithmetic care, standard deviation, Mann Whitney U test, Kruskal Wallis test which was used in examination of relationship between sub dimensions.
Results: It was determined that total point average of patients is 56.57±7.13, female patients experiences are more positive than male patients experiences, and more negative experiences have been through by the patients who receive mechanical ventilator support, have pain and admitted to intensive care unplanned (p>0.05). İn addition, it was determined that intensive care type affects the intensive care experience of patient meaningfully (p
Intensive care units, life experience, critical care patient.