Thirst is one of the most common and yet undertreated symptoms in the postoperative period, mainly because of the lack of safety criteria to support indication for thirst management strategies. A Safety Protocol for Thirst Management was developed and validated, and the objective of this article was to evaluate the inter-rater reliability of the protocol.Design:
This is a methodological and applied study carried out in a teaching hospital in Brazil.Methods:
Safety criteria selected were the assessment of level of consciousness, presence of coughing and swallowing, and absence of nausea and vomiting.Findings:
Agreement between evaluators was almost perfect (Bachelors of Science in Nursing—Kappa of 0.968; nursing technicians—Kappa of 0.867).Conclusions:
The protocol is presented as a viable and useful tool to evaluate safety criteria that allow administration of strategies to mitigate thirst of patients in the postoperative period.