Measurement of Knowledge and Performance of Pediatric ICU Nurses about Endotracheal Suctioning

Huma Bano, Muhammad Hussain, Muhammad Afzal, Syed Amir Gilani


Introduction: Safe and aseptic endotracheal suctioning has been a major health challenge in ICU setting, Endotracheal suction is a procedure to insert a suction catheter into the endotracheal tube to remove the secretion. Where endotracheal tube suctioning is essential for a patient with mechanical ventilation to keep their airway clean and infection free, it has also been associated with some adverse effect like hypoxia and ventilator associated this regard ICU nurses knowledge and competences should be according to set criteria of ETT suctioning procedure. Methods: Target population of this study was ICU nurses of one of the children hospital, Lahore. Sample size was 98.Results: The findings of this research was beyond our expectation as nurses practices was good and their knowledge was fair. Conclusions: This study gives an overview of the ICU nurses knowledge and performance related to ETT suctioning and demonstrates that intensive care nurses' performance regarding endotracheal suctioning is good enough despite fair knowledge. With concerning to these finding there is a need for educational courses, especially theoretical education and motivational session to follow the standard protocol for ETT suction.

Keywords: Pediatric, ICU, Knowledge, Performance

DOI: 10.7176/JHMN/73-09

Publication date: April 30th 2020

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