Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The role of nurses in the early recognition and treatment of sepsis]

BABARCI Ágnes

AUGUST 30, 2013

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2013;26(04)

[Aim of the study: The aim of the research was to gain a complex assessment of nurses’ skills related to sepsis. Sample and method: The survey was conducted at the University of Szeged, among nurses at four departments of the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Institute, and at the Cardiac Surgery Post-operative Unit. The survey sample consisted of the specialist nurses at the aforementioned intensive-care departments. The nurses had to complete a questionnaire consisting of 37 questions, concerning the topics of sepsis, hand disinfection and continuous training. The answers were evaluated through a statistic analysis using the SPSS 21 program (Kruskal-Wallis test, binomial test, one-sample T-test and regression analysis), with a significance level of p =0.05. Results: Based on the results, 28.6% of the surveyed sample is capable of differentiating sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock on the basis of the listed symptoms (p <0.001). The answers given to questions relating to the treatment and nursing of septic patients revealed that the level of knowledge is not satisfactory (p <0.001). No correlation could be demonstrated between the number of years spent working in the intensive-care department and the level of sepsis related knowledge (p =0.138). Conclusions: Based on the research results it can be concluded that there is a real need and demand for continuous training in relation to sepsis. ]

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