Enhancing Nurses Knowledge of High-Alert Medications: The Impact of Educational Intervention in a Tertiary Care Cardiac Hospital, Karachi

Authors

  • Tariq Aziz Lyari Institute of Nursing, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Arshad Nawaz Khan National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jawaid Akbar Sial National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Karachi, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Nadir Jaseem Dow University of health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Adnan National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Karachi, Pakistan
  • Zahid ur Rehman National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Karachi, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47144/phj.v57i2.2698

Abstract

Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of an educational intervention on nurses' knowledge regarding the administration and regulation of high-alert medications in a tertiary care cardiac hospital in Karachi.

Methodology: The study included 60 nurses working across various critical units of the hospital, including the emergency department (ED), intensive care unit (ICU), critical care unit (CCU), and special care unit/heart failure unit (SCU/HFU). A quasi-experimental design with a single group before and after education was employed. Self-administered surveys were conducted, and each participant provided informed consent. Pre-intervention knowledge assessments were conducted, followed by an educational intervention. Post-intervention knowledge assessments were conducted one week later.

Results: Sixty nurses participated in both pre- and post-education tests. Prior to the intervention, nurses scored an average of 10.7 ± 2.84 out of 20 points, which increased to 14.56 ± 2.81 after the intervention. The difference in mean scores before and after training was statistically significant (p < 0.05). Factors affecting nurses' pre-test and post-test scores showed a significant p-value of < 0.001, except for the marital status of single nurses, which had a p-value of 0.03.

Conclusion: The study demonstrates a significant impact of educational intervention on nurses' understanding of drug administration and regulation of high-alert medications. The findings highlight the importance of ongoing education and training initiatives to enhance nurses' knowledge and practice in medication management, ultimately contributing to patient safety.

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Published

2024-06-18

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Aziz T, Khan AN, Sial JA, Jaseem MN, Adnan M, Rehman Z ur. Enhancing Nurses Knowledge of High-Alert Medications: The Impact of Educational Intervention in a Tertiary Care Cardiac Hospital, Karachi. Pak Heart J [Internet]. 2024Jun.18 [cited 2024Jul.13];57(2):148-52. Available from: https://pakheartjournal.com/index.php/pk/article/view/2698

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