Nurses' Awareness about Principles of Airway Suctioning LC17-LC19
Dr. Sara Shahbazi,
Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Borujen Nursing School, Community-Oriented Nursing Midwifery Research Center,
Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran.
Introduction: Airway suctioning is one of the most common interventions for patients with respiratory disorders and having adequate knowledge in implementing this technique is quite crucial for nurses.
Aim: To assess the nurses' awareness about principles of airway suctioning.
Materials and Methods: This study was a cross-sectional study done on 85 staff nurses’ in Vali-Asr hospital. Sampling was based on census data collection. A researcher made questionnaire was used for assessment of nurses' awareness about the principles of airway suctioning. The validity and reliability (Cronbach's alpha=0.78) of the questionnaire have been examined and proved. The level of nurses’ awareness about airway suctioning was measured based on the questionnaire that includes demographic and specialty information in the form of eight questions of 3-selection-item. The maximum and minimum score of knowledge ranged between 0-8. The data obtained was statistically analysed using SPSS software Version 16.0 and was analysed using descriptive statistics and Pearson correlation coefficient.
Results: The results reveal that the nurses' awareness about principles of airway suctioning was average. There was a significant association between knowledge and gender of nurses (p<0.05) which reveals that the awareness of women about the principles of airway suctioning was more than men.
Conclusion: The results indicate that nurses' awareness of airway suctioning technique was in an average state. Considering the importance of this technique and the effects this technique has on the patients' haemodynamic status, we recommend in-service courses.