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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 167-170

Survey of critical care nurses knowledge in pulmonary artery catheterization: A pilot study

Department of Internal Medicine, King Fahad Teaching Hospital of the University, AL-Khobar 31952, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Hatem O Qutub
King Fahad Teaching Hospital of the University, AL-Khobar 31952, P.O. Box. 40133
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-0521.171432

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Background: Pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC) has been used in a "Heart Specialist Medical Centre" in the Eastern Province in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients more frequently compared to other similar establishments elsewhere. Critical care nurse's knowledge toward using PAC was, therefore, surveyed to rectify this matter and ultimately form guidance, update practice, and future usage policies. Methodology: This survey included 48 ICU–Critical care nurses. A questionnaire has been designed and validated, and that was distributed to collect information on participants' relevant backgrounds and the PAC use. The raw test scores were converted to percentages and median test scores also interquartile range were calculated. The median knowledge score was compared among different attributes using Mann–Whitney U-test. The value P < 0. 05 was accepted as significant. Results: The questionnaire has been sent to 48 participants, and all participants answered the questionnaire. The median knowledge score of handling PAC is significantly related to earlier received training, their ICU experience, and their confidence of handling PAC. Conclusions: This survey highlighted the interesting statistical facts about the extent of lack of knowledge and skills among participants. More importantly, the survey also determined the important shortfalls in practice of some experienced medical practitioners. More research is needed to identify why such shortfalls exist and how they have developed. The survey finally highlights the importance of having policies and protocols for all PAC-related procedures, and the regularly associated training to guarantee patients' welfare and well-being is met.

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