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Ventilator-associated complications: A study to evaluate the effectiveness of a planned teaching program for intensive care unit staff nurses—an Indian experience

Published:April 25, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2016.03.008
      The role of nursing staff is important for both prevention and early diagnosis of complications associated with mechanical ventilation. The objective of our study was to assess the knowledge of nurses working in an intensive care unit for at least 6 months regarding ventilator-associated complications and its prevention. A quasiexperimental study was conducted using a questionnaire with 50 questions formulated by the panel of experts. A planned teaching program was developed based on related literature regarding ventilator-associated complications and its prevention and was presented to the staff nurses. The level of knowledge of the nursing staff was assessed before and after the workshop. Fifty nurses were included in the study. Among the staff nurses, 53.40% had average knowledge regarding ventilator-associated complications. Posttest, 77.20% of the total score was obtained for ventilator-associated complications. Regular training programs can be effective in improving the knowledge of nursing staff.

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      • Optimizing educational initiatives to prevent ventilator-associated complications
        American Journal of Infection ControlVol. 45Issue 1
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          We read with interest the article by Maurya et al1 reporting on an intervention to enhance knowledge of nursing staff regarding ventilator-associated complications. The authors describe the results of an educational initiative that increased the average level of knowledge from 53% in a pretest to 77% following an educational course. In our experience, knowledge test questionnaires work well as eye-openers and they also incite discussion and reflection on one's daily practice. It seems obvious that a high level of standard of care in intensive care units can only be achieved through a dedicated and well-trained nursing staff.
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