ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE OF NURSES REGARDING OXYGEN THERAPY IN ELMAK NIMIR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Abdal Hafeez Osman Mahmoud*, Hamed Alzain Hamed Fadl Alseed, Higazi Mohammed Ahmed Abdallah Awad, Abeer Hassan Ahmed and Gamal Eldin Mohamed Osman Elhussein
Background: Oxygen therapy is the administration of oxygen as a medical intervention, which can be for a variety of medical conditions. Assessment of need for oxygen in most instances is a nursing responsibility. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess knowledge and practise of nurses regarding oxygen therapy. Methodology: This is a descriptive, hospital-based study, conducted in Emek Nimir University hospital, at Shendi city. The study covered 50 nurses in the hospital, standard closed ended questionnaire was used to collect the data. Results: Of the 50 studied nurses, 25/50(50%) nurses know that hypoxemia is an indication of oxygen therapy. Moreover, 58% of the nurses depend on doctor order and selection of appropriate oxygen delivery device, 20% depend on partial pressure of O2 (Pao2), 10% depend on guidelines, and 12% depend on patient condition. Conclusion: Knowledge and practice of nurses regarding oxygen therapy in Elmak Nimir University Hospital is relatively poor. Implementation of educational programs will enhance nurses’ knowledge and practice.
Keywords: Oxygen therapy, nurses, Elmak Nimir University Hospital.
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